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The Healthcare Summit 2/25/10 - February 25th 2010, 03:05 PM

Well, I'm watching it right now and I like what I'm hearing. The Obama administration is laying out what they want as clearly as possible. I don't understand how Republicans and opposers of Obama health care can oppose this! HE. WANTS. YOUR. IDEAS! As far as I can tell, this is about as democratic as we get in the government these days. We need health care. How the @#$% can some one honestly say Obama's doing nothing with his presidency? What the hell do you think this summit is about?

Anyways, I'd like to get every one else's thoughts on the summit if you watched it. Please don't reply if you're just spitting back some news commentator's views of it. Yes, FOX news fanatics, I'm talking to you!

"Why isn't bull-riding (Beef NASCAR as I call it) the American sport to end all sports? It's an epic battle of the wills between a man and an angry cheeseburger; and if that doesn't typify our awesome civilization, I don't know what does."
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Re: The Healthcare Summit 2/25/10 - February 25th 2010, 05:13 PM

I will agree, the Obama administration is laying what they want, but as far as wanting Republicans' ideas I really don't think that is what this summit is about. This summit is a PR attempt more than anything else. They are trying to give the appearance of bipartisanship, but I'm not buying it. To me, the message is, "Look how HARD we're trying to make this bipartisan, we're even TALKING to them! (While not including or really considering any Republican concessions in the bill)." Early in the summit, it was pointed out by one Republican attendee that the balance of speaking time was something like 54-25 minutes in favor of the Democrats up to that point, which I think is very telling.

What it comes down to is decreasing insurance costs. Democrats want to do away with the pre-existing conditions issue. Honestly, the only way to effectively do that is nationalizing the health care industry (something I don't agree with). If pre-existing conditions cannot be accounted for, it will destroy the health insurance industry and here's why: If you have to insure someone with (for example) 4 chronic illnesses for the same price as someone who is perfectly healthy, you will be paying out far more than you take in from insurance premiums. People will wait until they are sick, and then take out a more expensive plan to cover everything, which will cost insurance companies immensely and it will not be sustainable.

I actually like what Cantor said when he basically asserted that in a perfect world everyone would be insured, but we simply cannot sustain that. Obama said that the cost issue would be addressed later in the summit, I'm interested to hear how it is addressed.

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Re: The Healthcare Summit 2/25/10 - February 25th 2010, 08:56 PM

On another note, I'm kind of tired of the perpetual butt-kissing of the President that both parties are doing. Every time someone makes a statement they open up with thanking him and his leadership and yada yada yada. Come on, get to the point and stop kissing butt.
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