Rachel Maddow’s Segment On Healthcare And The Public Option (Video)

Aired on Monday, Rachel Maddow reported on the switch a day made between the White House statements of the weekend and those on Monday.  Jane Hamsher, of FireDogLake, joined Rachel at the end of the segment to discuss her effort to lead a progressive push for a public healthcare option in any case. [My comment after the video.]

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[my comments] I do not agree with Hamsher that no reform is better than some reform, if that’s her position. I wonder, however, if that’s exactly what she said. Her response to Maddow’s question was more on the lines of ‘Why should we have to make a choice?’

If the final choice is no reform, by rejecting a bill created in the first 8 months of a presidency, or accepting a significant reform that will help millions yet needs more work, will she continue to say the reform must fail because it does not have a public option?

This is hardball politics. Usually that means that without a unified party, and the Republicans are better than the Democrats at a unified front, there is compromise at the last moment. I’m hopeful for a public option as well but we are being outgunned on the pr front by the Republicans yet again. We’ll have to wait and see.

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2 Responses to Rachel Maddow’s Segment On Healthcare And The Public Option (Video)

  1. Something is better than nothing in my opinion and I think millions of unisured folks would agree on that. That said, I’ll add Welcome Back Stuart!

  2. jacksmith says:

    NO CO-OP’S! A Little History Lesson

    Young People. America needs your help.

    More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 76% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (85% of democrats, 71% of independents, and 60% republicans). Basically everyone.

    Our last great economic catastrophe was called the Great Depression. Then as now it was caused by a reckless, and corrupt Republican administration and republican congress. FDR a Democrat, was then elected to save the nation and the American people from the unbridled GREED and profiteering, of the unregulated predatory self-interest of the banking industry and Wallstreet. Just like now.

    FDR proposed a Government-run health insurance plan to go with Social Security. To assure all Americans high quality, easily accessible, affordable, National Healthcare security. Regardless of where you lived, worked, or your ability to pay. But the AMA riled against it. Using all manor of scare tactics, like Calling it SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!! :-0

    So FDR established thousands of co-op’s around the country in rural America. And all of them failed. The biggest of these co-op organizations would become the grandfather of the predatory monster that all of you know today as the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry. And the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry.

    This former co-op would grow so powerful that it would corrupt every aspect of healthcare delivery in America. Even corrupting the Government of the United States.

    This former co-op’s name is BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD.

    Do you see now why even the suggestion of co-op’s is ridiculous. It makes me so ANGRY! Co-op’s are not a substitute for a government-run public option.

    They are trying to pull the wool over our eye’s again. Senator Conrad, if you don’t have the votes now, GET THEM! Or turn them over to us. WE WILL! DEAL WITH THEM. Why do you think we gave your party Control of the House, Control of the Senate, Control of the Whitehouse. The only option on the table that has any chance of fixing our healthcare crisis is a STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION.

    An insurance mandate and subsidies without a strong government-run public option choice available on day one would be worse than the healthcare catastrophe we have now. The insurance, and healthcare industry have been very successful at exploiting the good hearts of the American people. But Congress and the president must not let that happen this time. House Progressives and members of the Tri-caucus must continue to hold firm on their demand for a strong Government-run public option.

    A healthcare reform bill with mandates and subsidies but without a STRONG government-run public option choice on day one, would be much worse than NO healthcare reform at all. So you must be strong and KILL IT! if you have too. And let the chips fall where they may. You can do insurance reform without mandates, subsidies, or taxpayer expense.

    Actually, no tax payer funds should be use to subsidize any private for profit insurance plans. Tax payer funds should only be used to subsidize the public plans. Healthcare reform should be 100% for the American people. Not another taxpayer bailout of the private for profit insurance industry, disguised as healthcare reform for the people.

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith — Working Class

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