Monday, December 21, 2009

Late to the Ball: Jane Hamscher Sees the Light

FDL (finally) gets "off the schneid, sending a mass-mailing to "members":
The Senate's health care bill must be killed.

It is an ungodly mess of errors, loopholes, and massive giveaways. When the American people find out what's actually in this bill, they will revolt. Congress and President Obama have no choice but to do better for health care than this bill.

How bad is the bill?
  1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations -- whether you want to or not
  2. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you'll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS
  3. After being forced to pay thousands in premiums for junk insurance, you can still be on the hook for up to $11,900 a year in out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  4. Massive restriction on a woman's right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court
  5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-ays
  6. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won't see any benefits -- like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions -- until 2014 when the program begins.
  7. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others
  8. Grants monopolies to to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
  9. No reimportation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years
  10. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of 4 will rise an average of $1000 a year -- meaning in 10 years, you family's insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.
There's the obligatory petition. Sign it, if it will make you feel better; it won't do anything MORE than that, of course. As a salve to your rage/conscience, and absent pitchforks, burning brands, and tar & feathers, it's a (pathetic) substitute...

(I note with interest that I am still on the mailing list, even though I was ostracized on the blog. Go figger, huh?)

1 comment:

freeman said...

I don't know Woody but from what I can see, at the moment ,Jane hamshler is one of the most aggressive bloggers out there . Sites like TP and the daily Kos have become appendages to the democratic Party which is 49% of the problem and tolerate no dissent .
What I appreciate there ( FDL) is the hands on , go after em approach and the thought as of late that the progressives and the libertarians may find some common ground and close the circle around the neck of our farce of a political system .
We need to take concrete steps to dismantle the corporate control of our democracy !