Where battle line is drawn on health care

  • Article by: PETER NELSON
  • Updated: June 22, 2009 - 8:46 PM

A public plan is a nonstarter. So why is the president pushing it? For leverage.

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allhailfsmJun. 22, 09 6:26 PM

You only WISH it was a nonstarter. 75% of Americans want a public plan, and if the Democrats pass it over Republican opposition, Dems will be in charge for the next four decades.

Your argument about the post office is a nonstarter. The Post Office carries mail everywhere, quickly, within just a few days for only 42 cents! The cheapest UPS delivery is about 8 bucks.

Godwilling, the public plan will serve the public good as well as the Post Office does, and the private market can skim off the people willing to pay 200 times as much for the same service!

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allhailfsmJun. 22, 09 6:52 PM

In the latest ABC/WaPo poll, just 22 percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Republicans.

Only 36 percent said they have a favorable impression of the GOP, with 56 percent saying they have an unfavorable impression.

Fifty-three percent said they have a favorable view of the Democratic Party. Obama has a 65% approval rating.

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dakmarkJun. 22, 09 7:17 PM

75% want something for nothing. Figure it out - entitlement society.

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stpauljimJun. 22, 09 8:52 PM

Is the day coming when a donation to the Democratic party or ACORN a necessary part of running a business?

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stpauljimJun. 22, 09 8:55 PM

When is Obama goiing to take your assets?

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pdxtranJun. 22, 09 9:04 PM

and you know all those stories about Canadians coming south of the border for treatment? The Canadian government pays for most of those if the specialized hospital services nearest the patient's hometown happen to be in the States. Fewer than two dozen Canadians per year come to the States for medical services at their own expense.

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dakmarkJun. 22, 09 9:35 PM

"Fewer than two dozen Canadians per year come to the States for medical services at their own expense". posted by pdxtran. Did you read the story in the Strib a couple months ago about the royalty, I believe a prince, from Saudi Arabia who comes to the Mayo clinic for treatment and drops a million dollars into Rochesters economy on every trip. Before him, the King of Jordan came here. Maybe they should have gone to Canada. A whole lot of people will say they are satisfied with hamburger until they taste steak. 2 dozen... yeah right.

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dakmarkJun. 22, 09 9:45 PM

Canadian Health Care: Coming Soon to a Republic near You. http://www.cviog.uga.edu/slgr/2001/1c.pdf

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tpsmkemkJun. 22, 09 9:46 PM

Say what ? The post office is a perennial money loser--and very undependable. When did The Sporting News become a monthly publication ??? Because that is how often I get mine. Yeah lets make our health care run just like that. Meanwhile UPS & FedEx are innovative, competitive, efficient & profitable. Only two dozens Canadians cross the border to get health care in the U.S? Nice try. That must explain why there are more MRI machines in Minot than in Manitoba & Saskatchewan combined. 2 dozen you say. Then that must be why doctors in Yuma, Arizona do not accept Medicare or any other private health insurance because there are plenty of Canadian snowbirds willing to pay ca$h for care.

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noinkJun. 22, 0910:03 PM

If you think health care is expesive now, wait until the federal government takes control of our health care.

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