[ Update Allahpundit has more here]
First up my mother died of cancer because of the waiting that an NHS brings with it and you will never confinence that a government run plan will do anything but ‘Cost to Much and Kill to Many’.
I’ll just let House Speaker Nancy Pel’ied’osi (D-Calif.) speak for herself:
A day after formally delaying a vote on a healthcare bill and having to accept a further weakening of a public option to compete with private insurers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lashed out at the health insurance industry and urged her members to do the same during the August recess.
“They are the villains in this,” Pelosi said of private insurers. “They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening. And the public has to know that. They can disguise their arguments any way they want, but the fact is that they don’t want the competition.”
“The more the public knows about what we’re doing, the more they support it, and especially if you’re talking about a public option, because that’s where the insurance companies are making their attack,” Pelosi said. “Our members have to go out there ready to take on a big special interest that has not made our country healthier, has made costs spiral upward, and for whom that is coming to an end.
“It’s almost immoral what they are doing,” added Pelosi, who stood outside her office long after her press conference ended to continue speaking to reporters, even as aides tried in vain to usher her inside. “Of course they’ve been immoral all along in how they have treated the people that they insure with preexisting conditions, you know, the litany of it all.”
“I am for the strongest possible public option, because, as the President said, that’s the way to keep the private sector honest, that’s how you have true competition, and achieve true universal, quality, accessible healthcare for all Americans,” Pelosi said.
Speaking of the Kennedy-Dodd bill and the current state of the Energy and Commerce agreement, Pelosi said the approach “is one that I think would be OK.”
“It’s not my preference,” she said. “My preference is a stronger bill. But it meets the test of having an effective public option.”
Now I was listening to Rush yesterday and he had this caller “Stacy from Parts Unknown, Georgia” and she said this
Caller…….Obama is a liar. There is no such thing as preexisting condition exclusions for life. So, sorry, no better, you can’t pull that one off on me.
RUSH: Wait a minute, translate that one for people in the audience. There’s no such thing as permanent exclusions for preexisting conditions for life. What does that mean?
CALLER: That is true. Anyone who signs onto a group policy, which is 90% of all insured, sign on under the HIPPA law from ’96. The maximum waiting period for a preexisting condition is one year. That one year is reduced by the number of months in the previous calendar year you have coverage. For example, if you work for a company and you have insurance there, you change jobs, go to a different company, every preexisting condition you have is covered with a certificate of credible coverage from your previous insurance company. So Obama can’t pull that one on me. I know he’s a liar.
Which would suggest to me that Nancy doesn’t have a clue what she is talking about, that ‘litany [and] all’. I’d strongly reccommend reading the whole transcript ,this woman knows what she is talking about. Here are just a couple of examples
The first thing I’d do is scrap mandates, both federal, state, and, local. Allow groups to select the health plans that they want and that their people need. I’d do tort reform, of course. But the mandates I think are the biggest thing. You have mandates that cover all kinds of things, you know —
RUSH: All right, explain to people what a mandate is.
CALLER: A mandate is where your state government — typically it’s state but there are federal mandates — come in and say you must cover mammograms for people 35 and older. Well, that means that no insurer, no group who is self-insured that uses an insurance company for claims processing, they must cover that procedure, under those guidelines, so everybody has to pay for it. You could be a construction company hiring a hundred guys, not one of them needs a mammogram but you still have to pay for that coverage.
Oh, you know, and this nonsense he talks about, oh, well, you know, your insurance company is getting between and you your doctor? Bull crap. Because I tell you now if your insurance company says you don’t need an MRI for that sprained ankle, you know, wait a month if it’s still bad we’ll talk, you can still make your own appointment, go down there and pay for it yourself. When Obama’s stuff comes through you won’t have that option. You won’t have the option to say, well, I think I need it anyway so I’m going to pay it. Furthermore, insurance companies, the last thing we want to do is cut your claim. We want it to pass through our system without a human being ever looking at it, and pay as it should. That’s what we want.
As I said read it.
As for my congresscritter coming home and trying to sell the villian line that’s a bit difficult if he’s not going to hold any public meeting or live town halls. That said I will be trying to follow Moes Strategy even though he claims to have read it, but its not finished yet is it.
[ Update Durbin is at it to, see here
Saying the current medical system is “chronically ill,” Durbin took aim at the insurance lobby, which he said will “pour it on” during August.
“There are people out there with a lot of money at stake in this debate,” Durbin said. “The health insurance companies are some of the most profitable businesses in America. By fighting change they’re protecting their bottom line.”
At least Iknow how the Dems are going to try and turn the debate]