coalition of the willing
when describing his friends that he rounded up for this adventure. We just need a snazzy new poster for this one to go with the last one and we'll be all set.
Be passionate about anything, no matter how important, and you're "one-dimensional", with "a one-item agenda", "not capable of seeing the big picture."
That was what really ground my gears watching Dean get pulverized. He wasn't even getting excited about an issue; he was showing enthusiasm for the primary process itself. He basically said "we did great in a previous state, OK here, but we're going to states A, B, C,
(I'm probably the only person in the western world who, if you showed me pictures of 3 women, would not be able to identify Kim Kardashian)
If I were forced to answer such a query I would select the one who seems to have the least attachment to reality.
Perhaps more so to the point, I was not correct in associating Vermont's single payer directly with Dean. He did establish a more uniform care system for children, the elderly, and pregnant women, but single payer came to Vermont several years after he left office.
What would happen if individual states decided to offer a single-payer option?
I think it happened in Vermont, if I'm not mistaken. Not sure if it is still in effect or not. I believe it happened when Howard Dean (who was assassinated by the media during his attempt to run for the democratic presidential nomination - for being >gasp!
Is there the will to do it?
It is generally viewed as political suicide anywhere else in the US.
I do think it could be offered, though. To the best of my knowledge there is nothing in the ACA preventing it from being done. Of course being as the insurance industry owns the government, at all levels, from top to bottom and every sideways tangent as well, it would be quickly killed off (likely along with the person who dared offer it).
The only politician at the national level I have heard dare suggest single payer is Bernie Sanders (of Vermont). He is technically listed as an independent, though he caucuses with the democrats. He has at times self-identified as a socialist; which would of course also be political suicide in any state other than Vermont. Remember Vermont gave us those commie bastards behind Ben & Jerry's ice cream; they learned how to make ice cream through a correspondence course and then eventually found themselves running a giant corporation selling a premium product at market prices just like all communists aspire to do
The "Affordable Care Act" doesn't go at all far enough.
I agree with you on that one.
at least SOMETHING was done
Indeed something was done, but it was of almost no value. All it really did was demonstrate how much power the insurance industry has over Washington DC.
health insurance industry is no longer quite the untouchable sacred cow it was.
I could hardly disagree with you more on that one. The ACA is, from my vantage point, the largest handout to industry in the history of government. The ACA makes very nearly every American citizen an obligate consumer of for-profit health insurance. It didn't even include a single payer option for those who would want to be able to buy it.
And yet if you ask residents of countries with single payer plans if they'd switch to a US-style plan, they cringe.
Well, duh. I have been yearning for a single payer option here for decades. I am one of many people who have been quite nearly driven bankrupt by the for-profit model here. Even more so, I was nearly forced out of college and driven bankrupt by one arbitrary decision that my insurance provider of the time made in the interest of improving their bottom line.
Some doctors are against single payer because they can no longer prescribe higher-markup drugs and let the insurance companies pay.
I can't speak for all 50 states of the country I live in, but I have lived in two that have addressed that matter in a way. Both states have a check (or initial) box for "dispense as written", ie no generic substitutions allowed for a given drug. The default behavior - with the box left alone - is to allow pharmacists to provide the patient with the generic substitute of the drug if it is available.
Not once have I seen a physician fill in that box, and I've had a fair number of prescriptions over the decades.
Granted, that only applies to generics when they are available. It doesn't apply to similar drugs; for example if you're physician prescribes you the sexiest new antidepressant the pharmacist does not have the ability to substitute generic prozac in its place. However this seems to suggest, at least based on my experience with health care professionals, that there are not as many doctors on the cut as some would have us believe.
It works because it provides more care for fewer dollars
Not sure if you've seen other discussions I've been in here on slashdot or not (and I know your reply was to smitty but I opted to chime in anyways), but I have been campaigning for single payer for a long, long, time. I was actually pushing for it before slashdot even existed. I am one of many American Liberals who find the "affordable care act" a travesty for not doing enough.
just edited the title field.
If all they did was edit the field then it should have still not been able to make it through, as it still would have exceeded the length limit. The new title is longer than the original truncated version.
Regardless of how they did it, though, the point remains that slashdot was willing to go the extra mile to excite the conservative base and propagate another anti-Obama conspiracy theory on the front page of what used to be a tech news site.
Culminating, of course, in the one that the ultimate goal of it all is other than Single Prayer.
Yawwwwwn.... Can't you find a different conspiracy theory? The Lawnchair Administration has been moving at glacial speed since inauguration. If they were going to make a play towards jettisoning the Health Insurance Industry Bailout Act of 2010 in favor of something that isn't pro-business, they would have needed to do it before now. You need to either accept that your FUD on the matter is baseless or find someone else to magically pin it to.
Of course, the latter would require you to forecast a future president who is also not from your party.