The Great Healthcare Heist

The Great Healthcare Heist
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Early in his presidency, Barakc Obama tried to get the youth involved in the fight for healthcare reform with events like this 2009 rally at the University of Maryland.

In this week's Village Voice, Chris Parker investigates how the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- was sabotaged from the start, by all involved: Democrats, Republicans and Big Medicine.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky has one of the most successful state co-ops, Kynect, which grabbed 60 percent of the market. McConnell helped sabotage co-op funding in 26 other states.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state of Kentucky has one of the most successful state co-ops, Kynect, which grabbed 60 percent of the market. McConnell helped sabotage co-op funding in 26 other states.
Occupy Wall Street protestors at Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York. The pharmaceutical giant benefits from the government’s inability to negotiate a better price for their drugs — Canadians pay about a third less for Pfizer’s Celebrex than Americans do.
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Occupy Wall Street protestors at Pfizer’s world headquarters in New York. The pharmaceutical giant benefits from the government’s inability to negotiate a better price for their drugs — Canadians pay about a third less for Pfizer’s Celebrex than Americans do.
Although Affordable Care Act enemy House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly claims the U.S. has “the best health-care delivery system in the world,” the World Health Organization puts us at number 36.
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Although Affordable Care Act enemy House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly claims the U.S. has “the best health-care delivery system in the world,” the World Health Organization puts us at number 36.

Read the "Great Healthcare Heist" here.

 
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balloons1
balloons1

Certainly Obamacare got hijacked by Big Medicine. Who are perfectly happy to consume 25% of the economy, given the chance. But the GOP? How can that be when none of the GOP voted for Obamacare? It was a pure Democrat program, with no compromise, no concessions. The Democrats just railroaded it through without any two-party debate at all.

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balloons1

@popballoons1 @balloons1

 - How many GOP voted for Obamacare?  How many Democrats were willing to at least try to put together a program that was more bi-partisan instead of just stuffing it through?

Thankfully Teddy Kennedy was still drinking at the time though so the Democrats didn't need the GOP. Which Obama pontificated about again and again.

So what really happened? Open debate? Give and take? Or just the railroad?

 
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