"Betrayal, as a form of deception or dismissal of prior presumptions, is the breaking or violation of a presumptive social contract (trust, orconfidence) that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations. Often betrayal is the act of supporting a rival group, or it is a complete break from previously decided upon or presumed norms by one party from the others." http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/
The betrayal of a trust. "The gang of six" assholes chaired by Baucus has produced a bill that is anathema to the needs of the American people. It is a bill that is disingenuous and hypocritical. It does not serve the needs of the poor the uninsured and the middle class a middle class that is being squeezed from all ends. Baucus from Montana, an impoverished state with a low standard of living and a small population, is susceptible to the influence of the big health insurance companies; in Montana a little money goes a long way. He can be bought cheaply. The health insurance companies for a few million dollars have a lot of sway in Montana. It would take a lot more than a few million to sway Democrats from big population and wealthier states such as Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. Baucus is acting the part of the lacky of the health insurance industry. His nose is so far up their collective butts they think must he's a boil. He is not serving the needs of the people that put him in office and is a disgrace to the Democratic party. In truth he's as much a Democrat as Rush Limbaugh. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., the most knowledgeable man on health care in the senate following the death of Edward Kennedy, opposes Baucus and his proposal and Rockefeller lays out his objections. See below a report from www.alternet.org that list the five main reasons why this proposed bill is a waste of paper.
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., the most knowledgeable person in the Senate on health care said he will oppose the bill proposed by Baucus and his "imaginary bipartisanship by appointing a "Gang of Six" -- three uncompromising Republicans and two malleable Democrats (in addition to himself)" www.alternet.org
"1. No public option. Rockefeller urged that reporters not buy into the conventional wisdom that health care reform cannot pass if a public option is included in the final bill.
2. Nearly half of insured people will see no reform of their health-insurance policies -- no protection on pre-existing conditions, no cap on out-of-pocket expenditures. You heard that right.
Under the Baucus plan, the well-being of 46 percent of Americans will continue to be subject to lack of coverage for pre-existing conditions, they will continue to be dumped mid-illness by their insurance companies using the rescission process, and they will see no cap on their out-of-pocket expenditures.
That's because nearly half of the U.S. population, according to Rockefeller, receives its health insurance through large employers, who self-insure, and self-insured plans are exempt in the Baucus bill from the reform measures imposed on other private insurers.
3. The Baucus plan does not assure affordability, but penalizes those who can't afford health insurance and those who require high-level coverage.
The bill squeezes the middle class, mandating that everybody buy health insurance or face significant penalties when filing their tax returns (up to $950 per year for individuals and $3,800 per year for families).
But beyond that, Rockefeller explained, it will impose a 35 percent excise tax on companies that offer high-level coverage ($8,000 for singles, and $21,000 for families), even to workers in high-risk jobs, such as coal miners (a major constituency in Rockefeller‘s state), steel workers and workers in chemical plants -- people who, according to Rockefeller, "are doing about the most dangerous job[s] that could be done in America."
4. Medicaid, the existing public plan for poor people, will be compromised. Medicaid is a public plan in which the federal government and states share the financial burden. The Baucus plan introduces a concept called "Medicaid flexibility," which will offer states the ability to trim their Medicaid rolls and limit coverage, Rockefeller said, and squeeze the rolls of children enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which Rockefeller co-authored.
5. Poor children get slammed. As if it's not enough to give governors the "flexibility" to "knock kids out of CHIP," as Rockefeller puts it, the State Children's Health Insurance Program will be decoupled from Medicaid and moved into a health-insurance exchange." www.alternet.org
Obama cheered at College Park and Baucus booed.
"Mike Ross and Blanche Lincoln Democrats are hypocrites who care more for the health insurance companies profits than their own constituents and act like Republicans.
Blanche Lincoln says she opposes a public option because it's "too expensive." She doesn't mention that it will save individuals $2000 a year in medical costs.
Mike Ross says he opposes a public option because the people in his district don't want one. But a DailyKos/Research 2000 poll shows that a majority of Arkansas voters, and 80% of the state's Democrats, support a public option.
Meaningful healthcare reform has been a dream of the Democratic Party for generations. Lincoln and Ross need to be reminded that Democratic voters, not Blue Cross Blue Shield CEOs, are the ones who put them in office."
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