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

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

House Republican Vote

In response to the recent vote by House Republicans to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Heath Care Act, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote: “The Trump health care bill that passed today on a party-line vote is atrocious and must be defeated in the Senate.  Health care shouldn’t be about politics —it is about people — and this bill would harm people.  The only beneficiaries of this bill are big insurance companies and the wealthiest among us, with the price tag being paid by everyone else through higher premiums, less coverage, and millions of vulnerable Americans losing their insurance.
“Older Americans will be forced to pay more for their health care through an age tax that lets insurance companies charge those aged 50-64 higher premiums.  Up to 24 million Americans with insurance today could lose that coverage. Individuals with pre-existing conditions could lose their protections against premium discrimination granted under Obamacare.”
“Obamacare isn’t perfect.  Health insurance is still too costly for most Americans, and Congress should fix that.  There are two ways to do that. Subsidize insurance companies further with taxpayer dollars or create a not-for-profit public option that cuts insurance companies and their profits out of the equation to lower premiums, drug prices, and out-of-pocket costs for everyone.  I believe we should fight for that public option – but until then, I will work as hard as I can to defeat this misguided and purely political effort that will hurt New York families.” 
In 2010, Democratic Senator Baucus refused to allow advocates for a single payer national health policy to testify at the Senate Finance Committee hearings.  Consequently, President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recognized that single payer healthcare legislation wouldn’t get passed in the Senate.  Therefore, congressional Democrats wisely decided to be pragmatic.


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