Watch a Fake Progressive Use Republican Talking Point to Dismiss Calls for Universal Healthcare

by Scott Creighton

Diane Feinstein. She recently admitted there is no evidence of Russia colluding with anyone from the Trump campaign regarding their supposed “hack” of our election… which never happened by the way. Do you now how they tried to “influence” our election? By reporting on facts that were leaked from someone in the DNC and by others that were hacked from John Podesta and Hillary’s server by others. That’s how. They simply told the truth about Hillary Clinton’s corruption… and that is what is called “interfering” in our democratic process these days.

Anyway, here’s Sen. Feinstein talking to her constituents about single payer, universal healthcare. She says “if it means a total takeover of healthcare by the government, I’m against it”

That’s a republican, Heritage Foundation, libertarian, neoliberal talking point by the way. And there it is coming out of the mouth of a “progressive” Democrat. One that us real lefties are supposed to unite behind.

We had a chance to get universal healthcare back when the country wanted “CHANGE” and voted for it in 2008. What we got instead was a fascist mandated plan, conceived by Mitt Romney and insurance industry insiders and ultimately labeled “ObamaCare” because his name had yet to be tainted with the truth of what that corporatist fraud of a unDem he really was.

Today we seem poised for a similar opportunity but it appears the leadership from the Left House is parroting talking points from the far right. And what else would you expect from the One Party system we have?

Pres. Trump Gets Something Right: Australia Does Have a Better Healthcare System Than We Have… it’s called Medicare For All

by Scott Creighton

Those of you who haven’t (yet?) decided to go live under a rock someplace (and I certainly can’t blame those who have) already know President Trump made his first little baby-step yesterday toward a legislative victory, a HUGE one.

The House republicans voted for the “repeal and replace” bill yesterday and it passed by a total of 5 votes.

It’s not what anyone would call a compelling mandate that’s for sure… but it passed the House and now is set to go before the Senate where it will be hacked to pieces and then sent to a joint committee so it can be passed through reconciliation with a straight majority vote.

Let’s put this out there right now. The TrumpCare plan is horrible. It targets the elderly, the disabled and the poor while giving HUGE tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

I say that as a LONG TIME opponent of ObamaCare. I opposed it when they were crafting it and I have opposed it ever since. It is a brutal, republican-based, lobbyist-written, unconstitutionally-mandated payoff for Big Insurance and I have called it was it was, what it still is, from day one: fascism.

But as bad as ObamaCare was (is) TrumpCare is even worse and still, I do not defend one by condemning the other.

In my perfect world, TrumpCare will be defeated as ObamaCare is overturned in favor of a true universal healthcare system such as Medicare For All. I back that because healthcare is a right which we all share or should share, were we to demand it… and because the system itself is far better across every single measuring stick that exists. It provides better care for everyone, keeps people from going bankrupt due to medical costs, saves billions of dollars per year and, perhaps most importantly, denies Big Insurance all the profits they use to further enslave our congress critters.

And I am not alone in that opinion. There are many, many different healthcare unions and associations who agree with me on that one including the AMA and the nurses’ union and all sorts of other medical professionals groups who say the same thing.

You know who else says the same thing? President Donald Trump, father of the reactionary TrumpCare legislation which will only profit the wealthy and Big Insurance.

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On repeal of the affordable care act, private insurance enslavement is now victory for the left (Sane Progressive video)

Republicans push plan to gut Medicaid and slash taxes for the wealthy

by Kate Randall, WSWS

Top Trump administration officials appeared on the political talk shows Sunday morning to promote the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican bill for the repeal and replacement of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare.

The Republican proposal builds on the core features of Obamacare, designed to boost the profits of the private insurers and slash health care costs for the government and big business.

The ACHA seeks to strengthen the grip of the for-profit health care delivery system in America while making sweeping cuts to Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor jointly funded by the federal government and the states. It also slashes financial assistance to low-income people seeking to purchase health coverage and cuts taxes for the wealthy and big business by an estimated $600 billion.

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Insurers set to sharply increase Obamacare premiums

by Kate Randall, WSWS

US health insurance companies are preparing to seek substantial increases in Obamacare premiums, the Hill reported Monday. Citing big losses on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, many insurers will ask state insurance commissioners to approve double-digit hikes in ACA premiums and some may pull out of the market if they are not approved.

The planned premium hikes are a further exposure of the pro-corporate character of Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation. Both candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, have embraced the ACA as a supposedly progressive health care reform.

In reality, the ACA is designed to funnel increased profits to the private insurance companies. Under the law’s “individual mandate,” those without insurance through a government program or employer must obtain coverage offered by private insurers or pay a penalty. The insurers are demanding a hefty profit as the condition for their participation in the ACA marketplaces.

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Dissecting a Few of Hillary Clinton’s Most Recent Lies and Evaluating What They Tell Us About Her

by Scott Creighton

I was watching CNN’s town hall meeting with the candidates from the Democrat side of the Washington Consensus last night when Hillary Clinton was asked about rising insurance premiums by a woman from Ohio (that’s where the town hall meeting took place)

The questioner informed Hillary that she used to pay $400+ a month for insurance for herself and her family through a private company prior to the passage of ObamaCare and now she is forced to pay over $1,100 for the same coverage. She wanted to know specifically what Hillary would do to tackle the rising costs of insurance premiums.

Hillary answered her by telling her ObamaCare has done “great things” for the country, but yes, they have to do something about the costs. She focused on the pharmaceutical industry saying they had to get them to keep the costs down and that would bring down the prices of everything else.

This is a ridiculous assumption. It’s magical thinking.

If the price of pharmaceuticals decreases all that will happen is the insurance companies will generate more profits and find new reasons to justify jacking up the price of premiums for all their mandated customers.

Then Hillary went on to promote the federal ObamaCare exchange website, telling the woman she should do more research and saying she thought she could find less expensive coverage… if she took the time to look.

Talk about blaming the victim.

Hillary Clinton’s support for the fascist, mandated insurance program called “ObamaCare” is well documented. Also well documented now after her answer to that woman, is the utter disregard she has for working class women and mothers who are struggling to cope with the rising costs (and rising profit margins) of the insurance policies themselves.

Hillary pledged to “work” when she gets into office to get the co-pays and deductibles down a bit and reign in the pharmaceutical companies but she never said a word about going after the main perpetrators in this fascist fiasco, the insurance companies themselves.

Hillary thought that was a good answer. The response from the crowd was less than enthusiastic.

You shouldn’t expect Hillary to do or say anything else on this subject. She’s been serving the interests of Big Insurance for decades.

Take for example a recent lie she told about Bernie Sanders regarding her own efforts back in ’93 to pass what she has called “HillaryCare”

This particular lie, along with another she told this past weekend, illuminates the kind of human being she really is and it exposes why it is that better informed voters usually support Bernie over Hillary.

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Obamacare health insurers seek double-digit rate hikes for 2016

(Here’s some more of that special brand of Obama “socialism” for you”. What? You say? That’s not socialism? No it is not. Medicare for all is socialism. Mandated purchasing of a private company’s product which they are allowed to continually increase the cost of with reduced benefits is called “fascism” and that is Obama socialism… fascism.)

from the WSWS

A recent poll found that people enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges are more dissatisfied than any other group of insured Americans, mainly due to cost. A new study now reveals that enrollees insured under what is popularly known as Obamacare have even more reason to be dissatisfied.

The study released last week by AgileHealthInsurance shows that premiums for plans sold on the ACA federal exchange HealthCare.gov are expected to increase substantially in 2016, with many insurers requesting double-digit rate hikes. A statewide analysis showed that in three states—Delaware, South Dakota and West Virginia—insurers are seeking double-digit increases for 100 percent of Obamacare plans.

Under the ACA, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, people without insurance through their employer or a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid must obtain insurance or pay a tax penalty. The health insurance exchanges set up under the ACA offer insurance for sale from private, for-profit insurers.

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