Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pragmatic


Today, I’m posting additional information, that will provide facts to further explain the last sentence of yesterday’s post. 

The Affordable Health Care Act strengthened Medicare by cracking down on fraud and keeping it solvent for decades to come.  It protects guaranteed benefits, eligibility and the right to keep your doctor for all seniors.

According to the Congressional Budget Office health care reform should cut the deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years, and as much as $1.2 trillion, in the following decade.  A report from Congressional Budget Office indicated that the Affordable Care Act is the most significant effort to reduce our deficits since the Balanced Budget Act in the 1990s.

Furthermore, it should be noted, that Democratic Senator Max Baucus was the Chairman of Senate Finance Committee, when Congress was attempting to pass healthcare legislation.  The “Billings Gazette” reported: “In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by the Montana Democrat and his political action committee has come from individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical supply firms, health service companies and other health professionals.  These donations total about 3.4 million, or 1,500 dollars a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.”

Senator Baucus refused to allow advocates for a single payer national health policy to testify at the Senate Finance Committee hearings.  He was corrupted by corporate health industry lobbyist.

President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, that protect all Americans from the worst practices of insurance companies.  Coverage can’t be revoked, premiums won’t be arbitrarily raised and insurance companies won’t be allowed to use a pre-existing condition to deny coverage.

Obama and Nancy Pelosi recognized that single payer healthcare legislation wouldn’t get passed in the Senate.  Instead, congressional Democrats wisely decided to be pragmatic.

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