Sunday, June 21, 2009

2 on Healthcare

Kevin Zeese | Congress to Transfer Hundreds of Billions 
in Tax Dollars to the Insurance Industry

Kevin Zeese, Truthout: "Yesterday, as Sen. Tom Harkin
(D-Iowa) left the health-care hearing room, he leaned
over to me and said: 'I used to sell insurance. The
basic rule is the larger the pool the less expensive
the health care. Today we have 1,300 separate pools -
separate health care plans - and that is why health
care is so expensive; 700 pools would be more efficient
and less expensive and one pool would be the least
expensive. That's why single payer is the answer.
' Nothing like common sense."

Obama Defends Government-Sponsored Health Insurance Program

Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post: "President Obama,
the American Medical Association on Monday, offered a
forceful defense of creating a controversial new
government-sponsored health insurance program as part
of a broad overhaul of the nation's system. Speaking
to a group that has voiced strong reservations about
the concept, he said: 'The public option is not your
enemy; it is your friend.' In some of his strongest
language to date, Obama took on critics who argue that
a new public insurance plan will undermine the private
sector and lead to a European-style single payer health
system, calling those attacks a 'Trojan horse.'"

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