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Democratic Leadership Showed This Week That It Can’t Be Trusted With Health Care Reform - Slate

 

"Finally, some unity: In a country divided along stark partisan lines, just about everybody in Washington seems to agree that Congress needs to protect Americans from the scourge of surprise medical bills, the unexpected and sometimes crushing charges hospital patients face when they unknowingly receive treatment from a doctor who doesn’t accept their insurance. Democrats. Republicans. The president. They all say something ought to be done. And for a moment, it appeared as if lawmakers might actually move on a bipartisan proposal dealing with the issue before the end of this year.

 

Those hopes have now died. Thanks to a last minute dispute between House Democrats, surprise billing legislation was cut entirely from the massive, year-end spending measures that passed this week."

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Neomalthusian said:

Democratic Leadership Showed This Week That It Can’t Be Trusted With Health Care Reform - Slate

 

"Finally, some unity: In a country divided along stark partisan lines, just about everybody in Washington seems to agree that Congress needs to protect Americans from the scourge of surprise medical bills, the unexpected and sometimes crushing charges hospital patients face when they unknowingly receive treatment from a doctor who doesn’t accept their insurance. Democrats. Republicans. The president. They all say something ought to be done. And for a moment, it appeared as if lawmakers might actually move on a bipartisan proposal dealing with the issue before the end of this year.

 

Those hopes have now died. Thanks to a last minute dispute between House Democrats, surprise billing legislation was cut entirely from the massive, year-end spending measures that passed this week."

 

 

Democrats don't care about the people they represent. 

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7 minutes ago, Neomalthusian said:

Democratic Leadership Showed This Week That It Can’t Be Trusted With Health Care Reform - Slate

 

"Finally, some unity: In a country divided along stark partisan lines, just about everybody in Washington seems to agree that Congress needs to protect Americans from the scourge of surprise medical bills, the unexpected and sometimes crushing charges hospital patients face when they unknowingly receive treatment from a doctor who doesn’t accept their insurance. Democrats. Republicans. The president. They all say something ought to be done. And for a moment, it appeared as if lawmakers might actually move on a bipartisan proposal dealing with the issue before the end of this year.

 

Those hopes have now died. Thanks to a last minute dispute between House Democrats, surprise billing legislation was cut entirely from the massive, year-end spending measures that passed this week."

 

 

Figures.

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But late last week, things fell apart. The public trouble started when, out of the blue, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal and Texas Republican Kevin Brady, introduced its own proposal, a one-page document that included few details but emphasized the arbitration approach preferred by doctors and private equity firms. The Hill described it as a Democratic “turf war.” And ultimately, surprise bills legislation was tossed from the end of year spending bill. Sources told the New York Times that “it did not have strong enough support from the Democratic leadership.”

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4 minutes ago, benson13 said:

But late last week, things fell apart. The public trouble started when, out of the blue, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal and Texas Republican Kevin Brady, introduced its own proposal, a one-page document that included few details but emphasized the arbitration approach preferred by doctors and private equity firms. The Hill described it as a Democratic “turf war.” And ultimately, surprise bills legislation was tossed from the end of year spending bill. Sources told the New York Times that “it did not have strong enough support from the Democratic leadership.”

Yer party is mean.

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When populists like Sanders and Warren continue on their tirades against health insurance companies, examples like this need to be thrown in their faces.  This issue directly relates to the cost of health care and one of the ways consumers feel screwed, but it has nothing to do with insurance companies. 

 

This issue had bipartisan support.  Slate is an extremely liberal source, and even Slate is saying Democratic leadership can't be trusted.  And Democrats who attack a scapegoat while their own fellow Democrats kill provisions meant to protect customers, they need to get called out.

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8 minutes ago, leftwinger said:

Most nations have a single payer system. The US is barbaric.

 

Some of the most comparable nations have a hybrid UHC system, not necessarily balls-to-the-wall single payer.

 

In any event, issues like this demonstrate that Democrats (Warren, Sanders, et al.) who scapegoat insurance companies all the time are trying to keep their followers stupid and angry, while their party leadership kills provisions like this that are meant to financially protect ordinary Americans.  Are their attempts to keep you stupid and angry working?

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1 minute ago, Neomalthusian said:

 

Some of the most comparable nations have a hybrid UHC-style system.

 

In any event, issues like this demonstrate that Democrats who scapegoat insurance companies all the time are trying to keep their followers stupid and angry while their party leadership kills provisions like this that are meant to financially protect ordinary Americans.

 

There is no reason to let for profit insurance companies control the health care system. Just a mafia scam of skimming off the top.

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Just now, slideman said:

We threatened to primary one of our senators over just this issue.she was taking money from pharma and claimed that it had no effect on her votes in the Senate. The Democrats who did this should be turned out of office.

 

Trump says taking bribes is normal. Get over it.

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5 minutes ago, leftwinger said:

There is no reason to let for profit insurance companies control the health care system. Just a mafia scam of skimming off the top.

 

This topic is a perfect example of a problem with our health care system that doesn't have anything to do with insurance companies.  You're not even following along.

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2 minutes ago, Neomalthusian said:

 

This topic is a perfect example of a problem with our health care system that doesn't have anything to do with insurance companies.  You're not even following along.

Nothing to do with the health insurance lobby? Are you serious?

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15 minutes ago, slideman said:

The Democrats are just as prone as Republicans to take dirty money from the healthcare industry.

 

Solutions need to be policy-focused, not partisanship-focused.  We have to start caring about actual policy specifics, and stop clapping like idiots at whatever empty rhetoric the celebrity Democrats like Warren are spouting.

 

Here's the takeaway message:  insurance companies are not the root of all evil in our health care system.  If one believes this, one is a gullible idiot.  People need to stop being gullible idiots.  The financial interests of healthcare providers need to be regulated.  This can be done in a large number of ways.  We're already doing it in some ways, effectively in some cases, but very ineffectively in other cases.  This was one of those cases where a solution was on the table and was wiped away.  

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