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Health Care Reform: The Big FAIL

November 23, 2009

I hope the Democrats aren’t going to hurt each other with all the back-patting going on over the health care reform legislation. Of course, if one of them does get smacked around a little too hard, no worries — the Congress zombies have an outstanding health care package, courtesy of us taxpayers.

So what are we getting in return? Well, I’m tempted to call it a sh*t sandwich, but it’s not even that good. Here’s a fairly short, very readable summary, based on interviews with health care professionals who are less than impressed with the Senate bill. Example:

Doctors, nurses, and patients following the de-evolution of health care reform closely know that the public option (especially the idea of a robust public option) is a carefully calculated political carrot being offered to progressives so they will sit down, shut up about single-payer, and support this current corporate giveaway to private insurance companies, which is moving through Congress right now.

There’s more, of course. It’s tempting to end here with a “call your Senators and let them know how you feel” line, but since they don’t seem to give a flying fox about what any of us think, why bother? Third party, anyone?

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