Do Democrats not understand that Obama's health care plan benefits the corporate health care insurers?

Do Democrats not understand that Obama's health care plan benefits the corporate health care insurers?

The Obama administration’s push for health care “reform” has exposed the class realities that dominate American politics and the social interests which Obama defends.Under Obama, the issue of health care reform has been shifted from providing decent medical care for all to slashing the cost of health care to businesses and the government, primarily by cutting costs for Medicare and fundamentally changing the nature of the Medicare program.Depending on his audience, Obama at times seeks to conceal the reactionary essence of his proposal by presenting it as a plan to provide health insurance to the uninsured. But even if his plan were enacted in full, it would still leave an estimated 18 million Americans without any form of health coverage.In a blitz of interviews Monday and Tuesday, Obama refused to endorse a provision of a House version of his health care plan that would impose a small tax surcharge on the rich. Under the House plan, individuals making more than $280,000 a year or families earning more than $350,000—about 1.2 percent of US households—would be required to pay the surtax. For a family making $500,000, the surtax would amount to about $1,500.more: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul200…

justgood

Some don't understand, others are in denial. They simply say we're the ones that lie. Still others are Democratic cheerleaders who can't be bothered by the truth when worshiping Obama and fostering illusions in the reactionary in the White house. Some of them are also incapable of seeing anything past the duopoly. People confusing you for a Republican or complaining about fox news are case in point. Anyone who critisizes Obama must be a Republican. Pretty sadLiberalism is in a sorry state for social, historical and moral reasons. Most of those who might once have protested are now wealthy, part of the establishment, more concerned about the health of the stock market than the state of democratic rights. Intellectual and spiritual decay have accompanied financial success. More generally, the demands of the capitalist market have proven incompatible, in the long run, with the program of social reformism, particularly as the latter has been diluted and its proponents drained of energy and determination both by the growth of social antagonisms in the US and the obligations imposed on the American ruling elite by its role as the pre-eminent imperialist power.Contemporary liberal politicians and the like are for justice and equality for everyone and resolutely opposed to the ultra-right—as long as it doesn't require them to work up a sweat. In income, lifestyle and outlook they are much closer to Republicans than to working class and middle class voters.In the final analysis, the liberal wing of the ruling elite fears the same social process as their conservative counterparts: the radicalization of wide layers of the population and their advancement of their own independent interests, above all, social equality. It fears this more than anything, including police-state dictatorship.In The History of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky cited the comment of a Russian philosopher, who spoke more forthrightly than our present-day liberals—at least out loud: “Whatever we [liberals] stand for, we must not dream of uniting with the people—we must fear them more than all the persecutions of the government, and we must give thanks to the government which alone protects us with its prisons and bayonets from the ferocity of the people.” Voila!Obama’s health care counterrevolution is of a piece with his entire domestic agenda. It parallels the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the banks, the imposition of mass layoffs and wage and benefits cuts in the auto industry, and a stepped-up attack on public education and on teachers.The economic crisis has been seized upon by the American financial aristocracy, with the Obama administration as its central instrument, to carry through a class-war agenda, long in preparation, that is directed against the vast majority of the American people. All that remains of the social reforms from the 1930s and 1960s, and the gains won by previous generations of workers in bitter struggle, is to be wiped out.The immense growth of social inequality and the domination of society and the political system by a financial aristocracy are incompatible with institutions and programs that retain any vestige of a democratic and egalitarian impulse. Public education and health care must be reorganized more openly and directly along class lines.This is the basic program of all factions of the ruling elite—liberal and conservative, Democratic and Republican.Source(s):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFgA1LP3w…http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/jul200…http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/jan200…

Dreadlock

I believe even those who try to really understand the health care bill will not even come close to understanding it. There are too many cooks on the line, it will spoil the soup, every single one of them has a special recipe or ingredient. I guess they don't understand that they are going to spoil the soup.The health care bill is going to cost us so much money. Medicaid took over a year to create and the system is almost in bankrupt, how are we going to create a health care bill in less than half the time without creating two things, higher taxes and bureaucratic nightmare.Although I do agree with the Dems that there needs to be health care reform, but their way of increasing government and spending isn't the way to go, I rather agree with allowing interstate competition between health care companies, less taxes on small business so that they can cover their employees, and little government interference in the private sector.There are many ways to fix health care without a public option.

Dept

.It's not Obama's bill. He wisely left it to the Legislative branch, the Congress.What he did was ask for a health care reform bill. He didn't write it (obviously), and it isn't finalized, since, among other things, there are 5-or-so versions of it, replete with REPUBLICAN input and almost 200 REPUBLICAN amendments. The House and Senate have to resolve the various versions in a Joint Conference Committee.What he did was the equivalent of a guy who says to an architect "Build me a house and here's a few ideas. Include this and that if you can, but you have a budget. And I'm not gonna tell you how big it will be or how many windows, etc., because my crazy cousins, all 535 of them, will decide on the final version. Good Luck."What he did ask for were: revenue-neutral- no exclusions for pre-existing conditions- no rationing- no discrimination. Politics being what they are, he will no doubt have to settle for about 75% of what he wanted, in the spirit of bipartisanship, compromise, wider access, lower prices and competition between the Insurance Companies (who ARE rationing care and denying procedures, "as we speak") and finances.HealthCareRealityCheckThat’s why they'’ve launched a new online resource — WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck — to help you separate fact from fiction and share the truth about health insurance reform. Here's a few of the reality check videos you can find on the site:· CEA Chair Christina Romer details how health insurance reform will impact small businesses.· Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes tackles a nasty rumor about euthanasia and clearly describes how reform helps families.· Matt Flavin, the White House's Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy, clears the air about Veteran's benefits.· Kavita Patel, M.D., a doctor serving in the White House's Office of Public Engagement, explains that health care rationing is happening right now and how reform gives control back to patients and doctors.· Bob Kocher, M.D., a doctor serving on the National Economic Council, debunks the myth that health insurance reform will be financed by cutting Medicare benefits.So, will you actually check out what The White House is saying, as opposed to leaning on the crutch of wsws, worldnUtdaily, freerepublic, The Lewin Group, etc?What? You left out euthanasia and 'death panels.' What's wrong with you? Isn't THAT part of the party line, too?.Source(s):.You're entitled to your own opinions.You are NOT entitled to your own facts..

Johnny

You are right. Look at this. By CNN no less. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCbwde1iR…

hamobamayahoocom

Public option will bring down cost overtime.That's a plus Also competition is needed to bring down cost. Free market and Competition is American way.Whats the problem .The Military is on the Public plan if its good enough for troops its good enough for citizens.Are you paying attention?. Stop listening to Fox news its a joke! All the Conservatives are in fear because they know it will work.Health Insurance companies are criminals because of the profit they amass from others pain.

ObamaBot

I don't understand that, and it would take more than a quote from wsws to prove otherwise.

Debra

Most of them haven't even read it.. so how would they understand it.They just rely on Barry to them what he wants them to know.Bad idea all around!Watched the video of Obama lying.. how can anyone beleive this man..

Libertine

So are you saying that the Giant health insurance companies are spending more money than was spent in the presidential campaign in order to fool us into thinking they are not in on it?It does not cut benefits for Medicare and Medicaid recipients. That is just a lie.

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