Obama’s A Bad Boyfriend

Senator Barack Obama speaks during the Los Angeles Generation ObIn my new series, Obama’s a Bad Boyfriend, I’m giving voice to those who spot the broken promises of President Obama.

Quite honestly, I’ve got to ask, when will people stop trusting politicians?

Don’t you know it’s not just your vote that counts, but getting involved that makes the difference? Just ask any Corporate Wall Street Lobbyist.

It’s all up to you.  In the Words of Eugene Debs, “The American People can have anything they want, trouble is, they don’t seem to want much of anything.”

Get Active! Do Something!

It’s up to you.

OBAMA’S A BAD BOY FRIEND ON HEALTH CARE

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Obama on single payer health insurance
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Grand Illusion‏
In 2003, Barack Obama said he was for single payer.

What would it take to get single payer enacted?

“First, we have to take back the White House, the Senate and the House,” Obama said at the time.

Fast forward six years.
The Democrats have taken the White House.
The Senate and the House.
And now what’s Obama’s position?

In a speech this week in Chicago before the American Medical Association, Obama made clear he was now opposed to single payer.

And his lieutenants suggested that Obama would support legislation to make sure that single payer does not become a reality in America.

There’s only one explanation for Obama’s flip-flop on single payer.

The health insurance and drug corporations have a hammerlock on Washington.

And Obama is going along to get along.

What’s the net result?
Sixty Americans are dying every day due to lack of health insurance. (Institute of Medicine report.)

Instead of getting behind single payer, Obama and the Democrats are engaged in the what Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief at the highly regarded New England Journal of Medicine calls “the futility of piecemeal tinkering.”

Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the most liberal of the Democrats’ tinkering plans would cost $1 trillion over ten years and still leave 37 million Americans uninsured.

Single payer on the other hand would cost less than we are overpaying now — and cover everyone.

Zero uninsured.

As Dr. Angell puts it — single payer is not only the best option. It’s the only option that will both control costs and cover everyone. Replace 1,300 insurance industry payers with one payer. Save $400 billion a year in bloated corporate administrative and executive compensation costs.

Free choice of doctor and hospital.
Use that money to insure everyone.
No bills, no co-pays, no deductibles.
No exclusions for pre-existing conditions — because under single payer, you are insured from the day you are born.
No bankruptcies due to medical bills.
No deaths due to lack of health insurance.
Cheaper. Simpler. More affordable.
Everybody in. Nobody out.

According to recent polls, the majority of Americans, the majority of doctors, the majority of nurses, even the majority of health economists want single payer.

That’s why almost every health care town hall event I hear about is dominated by citizens speaking out for single payer.

Last month, we asked that you help fund a new non-profit organization - Single Payer Action – to focus this citizen energy, break through the corporate logjam in Washington and make single payer a reality. You came through with flying colors — and blew past our initial fund raising goal. The foundation was set for action.

Out of the blocks, Single Payer Action led a stand up protest before Senator Max Baucus’ Senate Finance Committee. Thirteen doctors, nurses, lawyers and other single payer advocates were summarily arrested and charged with “disruption of Congress.” (Baucus later told single payer advocates that he regretted not inviting them to testify before his committee.) The arrests of the Baucus 13, their upcoming trial, and other similar single payer actions around the country have galvanized a nationwide movement.

Single Payer Action now wants to supercharge the grassroots movement for single payer.

Confront members of Congress back home all around the country. And lay the groundwork for a national citizen’s organization that will refuse to compromise with corporate power — inside the beltway and out.

Many progressives are now confused. They took Obama at his word. They thought once Obama was elected President, he would do the right thing. My colleague, Theresa Amato, is not confused. She saw clearly through the Democratic Party’s duplicity and shenanigans — and has written a new book, titled Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two Party Tyranny (New Press, June 2009). The book documents how the corporate two-party system thwarts citizen activism and blocks challenging candidates in the electoral system and beyond. Phil Donahue said this about Grand Illusion: “Theresa Amato takes the biggest swing — not a jab, but a roundhouse punch — at America’s corrupt electoral system.”

Let’s break through the corporate barriers and make single payer a reality.

Together, we can make the difference.

Onward to a life-saving, cost-saving single payer.
~Ralph Nader

Single Payer Action, donate now

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Democrats Hate Health Care

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The Citizens Alliance for National Health Insurance

Former Democratic Senator Tom Daschle who was offered to head the Department of Health and Human Services and declined because he failure to pay his taxes is telling President Obama To Dump Health Care.

Insurance Lobby

Physicians for National Health Care

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Call Congress

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Canadian Health Care: Fact vs. Fiction

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Do you have a well written articles on other promises President Obama has broken? The War, Affordable Housing, Education, Wire Taps, Torture, Gitmo, Gay Rights, Privacy,  etc… Send me the URL and I’ll feature it here, give full credit, highlight your organization and spread it around town. So help light a match under Obama’s feet, he can’t see them through all the money.

Together we can make a difference..

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  2. jacksmith

    AMERICA’S NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY!

    It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.

    STAND READY AMERICA TO SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

    We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

    And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

    Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

    Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

    In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

    Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

    God Bless You

    Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

  3. He is a bad boyfriend, not just in not keeping his health care promises, but in plenty of other areas where he has done 180s and has disappointed, BUT, at least he is insisting on a PUBLIC OPTION, and it looks like, given the power and money the big corporate lobbies have, it’s going to be tough to get even that.

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