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5 years 42 weeks ago, 10:00 AM

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May 12, 2009

@ 11:00 am by Michael O'Brien

The Obama administration's plan announced yesterday to save trillions in healthcare costs is an "unconscionable rip-off of the American people," Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) argued Tuesday.

Kucinich slammed the administration's deal, brokered with insurers, labor, healthcare providers, and other parties to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years as another bailout for a major industry.

"This is an unconscionable rip-off of the American people. This is a bailout of the insurance industry," Kucinich, an advocate of a single-payer, government run system said Tuesday on National Public Radio.

"Just like we bailed out the banks, we're bailing out the insurance industries," he argued. "And so I emphatically disagree with the approach that the White House is taking. In the end, it's going to mean more taxpayer dollars going to the insurance industry."

Kucinich lamented that the "savings" touted by the administration are simply a diminished rate of profits for insurance corporations; he believes healthcare is a "basic right" that should be provided for free by the government.

"People should not exist for the healthcare companies, healthcare should exist for us," he said, urging the Obama administration to put a single-payer option on the table while pushing for healthcare reform.

5 years 42 weeks ago, 8:15 PM

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Look at a military hospital. Doctors with quotas for number of patients they have to see per shift, administrators who determine which prescriptions and procedures are allowed based on the fiscal quarter rather than the patient's needs, doctors who don't give a shit because their salary is set lower than others in their field, and less-qualified doctors who are willing to work for less. When I was an army brat, all medical and dental care was free. The result? Parents took their kids to the ER for every little sniffle when they would have bought over the counter meds if they had to pay for the visits or even an insurance deductible or copay. As a result, dental and medical insurance for dependents gets taken out now. It is still low compared to most jobs, but it is an excellent example of what happens when care is made free for people who don't care about the consequences of abusing it. Universal healthcare is a bad idea for our country, based on my smaller experience with it in the military.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

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