-Howard Dean, MD, former DNC Chairman and Governor of Vermont
Kill the mandate or kill the bill
The health insurance industry has been called a by Dylan Ratigan an "unreformed predatory monopoly" which clearly it is. It is clear from the proposed health insurance bill before congress that the Democrats are serving the needs of the health insurance industry and have betrayed their constituents. People will be forced to buy insurance from monopolistic health insurance companies with no competition from a public option. The health insurance industry now loves this bill that forces thirty million new customers, who have no choice, to buy insurance from them at eight to seventeen percent of their income. It is virtually another tax, which will be enforced by the IRS, and be a windfall profit for the insurance companies. Keith Olbermann's piece on the health insurance mandate was spot on. It was a call for sanity from the Obama administration on the health care bill. To mandate that everyone who has no coverage buy coverage or face a penalty or presumably jail if they refuse to pay is a god-sent for the health insurance industry. This health insurance reform bill will become a hated bill by both the Left and the Right. All the really meaningful provisions have been stripped from the bill and what is left is the dreck. The capitulation by the Democrats to the Blue Dogs, Republicans and Joe Lieberman is a failure of will and leadership. To support a health insurance bill with a mandate is next to criminal and may, I hope, be unconstitutional.
Ben Bernanke must go
Ben Bernenke the chairman of the Fed and the best friend a banker ever had continues to aid and assist the banks in fleecing the American people. The banks have created the financial crisis by gambling with investors funds and then were bailed out by the Fed when they lost it all. Under Bernanke banks that were too big to fail are now even bigger. Banks who used tax payers money to get bailed out have raised interest rates on credit cards to between 20% to 30% saying virtually all their customers "fuck you". Bernanke could have done something about this but he didn't. He refused to disclose how much and to whom the tax payers money was going to when asked by the congress. He has become a law unto himself. Small businesses are struggling and the banks are not helping by withholding loans that would stimulate small business growth. Why should they, they get money from the fed and invest it in government bonds and make free money with government money while paying themselves exorbitant bonuses. Ben Bernenke needs to be gone, now.
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