Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Real Death Panels
New Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi lays it out.
The system doesn’t work for anyone. It cheats patients and leaves them to die, denies insurance to 47 million Americans, forces hospitals to spend billions haggling over claims, and systematically bleeds and harasses doctors with the specter of catastrophic litigation.
Taibbi points out that Baucus has received $2,880,631 in campaign contributions for the health care industry, Grassley is over 2M as well. (And these are the people who are promoting a bi-partisan bill. No, more like a buy-partisan bill.)
Without a public option, any effort at health care reform will be as meaningful as a manicure for a gunshot victim
The White House makes a serial vacillator like Bill Clinton look like Patton crossing the Rhine.
The Limbaugh minions look like morons for protesting as socialism a reform effort designed to preserve our private system at all costs.