The Incredibly Illogical Washington Post Health Care Editorial

The Washington Post published an incredibly stupid, illogical, and intellectual inconsistent editorial about health care reform.

The editorial board wants Obama to push for an extremely unpopular tax on health benefits that he campaigned against. A significant number of Democratic senators have said they can't vote for a bill that includes a new tax on health benefits. As a result, demanding the inclusions of a tax on health benefits would end up killing health care reform.

But in the very next paragraph they tell Obama to drop his support for the very popular public option that he campaigned for, because it might “drag down health reform or make it impossible to secure Republican votes.”

The Washington Post is telling Obama to insist on including a policy he is against, even though it would end up killing the chances of passing reform. Yet, they are also telling him that he should give up on a policy he strongly supports, because it might kill reform.

You can ask Obama to support good policies regardless of their likelihood of passing the Senate. In that case, he should be pushing for a tax on health insurance benefits and a robust public option. Or you can promote compromise to make sure even an imperfect health care reform bill gets passed. If that is your argument, you ask him to pushing for a tax on health benefits. It is the one policy, even more likely than the public option, to end up preventing the passage of health care reform.

The health insurance companies are strongly against the public option because it is designed to create a competitive pressure that would reduce their profits. I guess we find out what a $25,000 ticket to a off the record private “salons” can buy the health insurance lobbyists at the Washington Post. A few hundred thousand will get you an intellectually inconsistent and dishonest attack on the public option.

1 comment:

jacksmith said...


It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.


We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

Progressive democrats the Tri-Caucus and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust government-run public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and request that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

If President Obama has to declare a NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY to rescue the American people from our healthcare crisis, he will need all the sustained support you can give him. STICK WITH HIM! He’s doing a brilliant job.



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