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      12-09-2009, 03:55 PM   #1

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They need to make up their minds.. First they cut 500 BILLION dollars from Medicare and now there is talk of adding the uninsured 55 and up to Medicare?
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This bill is long past the point where it is intended to actually accomplish anything other than get enough votes to pass.
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It's an end run. A back door to a public option. Next year it will be Medicare @ 50 and then Medicare @ 45 etc., etc.

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Originally Posted by shpirate87 View Post
This bill is long past the point where it is intended to actually accomplish anything other than get enough votes to pass.
Couldn't agree more.

This whole exercise (health care reform) was intended to address the major reason why so many people don't have health insurance: it costs too much.

Now we're just trying to find out how to get more people covered in an inherently bad system.

It is accepted by pretty much every reputable source (NGOs, the media - beyond Fox News - and CBO) that neither the House-passed bill or the Senate bill will do anything to reduce the cost of health care. To the contrary, it will increase the cost of health care and most likely decrease the quality of care; all the while creating an impenetrable government program that can never be eliminated, and no doubt whose budget will become unsustainable beyond the 10 year funding window authorized in the legislation.

They should start over, and do this methodically, piece by piece, taking time to make sure that what is going on will actually bend the illusive health care cost curve.
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