Three Quotes

single-payer

“Washington, DC – [AHIP] today proposed guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions in conjunction with an enforceable individual coverage mandate. Under the new proposal, health plans participating in the individual health insurance market would be required to offer coverage to all applicants as part of a universal participation plan in which all individuals were required to maintain health insurance.” AHIP Press Release, November 19, 2008

“Maintaining…market reforms…is essential to avoiding significant cost increases and loss of choice for consumers and employers.” AHIP Victory Statement, June 28, 2012

“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices. Unless he is defeated, there cannot be a contest for the re-orientation of the Democratic Party as the vehicle of a progressive alternative in the country.” Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Obama to Astroturf for Private Insurance Bailout

astroturf As I often say, Orwell would be out of a job in this society. The latest proof takes the form of the candidate who lied his way into the White House by running a “Change You Can Believe In” marketing scam, and then (among scores of other betrayals) proceeded to ignore public opinion and bailed out the nation’s failed for-profit medical system. Now, as the Supreme Court, which itself has since removed the last vestiges of restrictions on the naked purchase of political offices, prepares to hear oral arguments on the legality of the “individual mandate” portion of the private insurance bailout, the Obama Administration is preparing to send out phony “grassroots” groups to moan and wail in favor of the bailout on the steps of the courthouse!

The “individual mandate,” of course, forces everybody who is ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare to purchase private health insurance, aka a defective product designed to enrich the already rich and avoid any suggestion that there might be problems with capitalism or merits to public enterprise.

Market totalitarianism in action.