Am I an American Person?

I listened to a Congressman from Alabama give the Republican's weekly statement (after the President's weekly statement) on NBC this morning and was told that despite what Pelosi and Reid want, despite the threat of using reconciliation to push the Health Care bill through, the American People don't want the Health Care bill as it has been debated and argued over the past year. He said the American People want Congress and The President to "start over on a new page."

Here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about as American a location as you can find, I sit watching this knowing that I WANT a Health Care bill to be passed NOW. I know that if the government starts on a NEW PAGE it will be in the face of a rate-raising, highly profitable private insurance system and  a 10-to-1 ratio of lobbyists who are NOT starting on a new page, who will work day and night to weaken any p

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Am I an American Person?

I listened to a Congressman from Alabama give the Republican's weekly statement (after the President's weekly statement) on NBC this morning and was told that despite what Pelosi and Reid want, despite the threat of using reconciliation to push the Health Care bill through, the American People don't want the Health Care bill as it has been debated and argued over the past year. He said the American People want Congress and The President to "start over on a new page."

Here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about as American a location as you can find, I sit watching this knowing that I WANT a Health Care bill to be passed NOW. I know that if the government starts on a NEW PAGE it will be in the face of a rate-raising, highly profitable private insurance system and  a 10-to-1 ratio of lobbyists who are NOT starting on a new page, who will work day and night to weaken any p

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Am I an American Person?

I listened to a Congressman from Alabama give the Republican's weekly statement (after the President's weekly statement) on NBC this morning and was told that despite what Pelosi and Reid want, despite the threat of using reconciliation to push the Health Care bill through, the American People don't want the Health Care bill as it has been debated and argued over the past year. He said the American People want Congress and The President to "start over on a new page."

Here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about as American a location as you can find, I sit watching this knowing that I WANT a Health Care bill to be passed NOW. I know that if the government starts on a NEW PAGE it will be in the face of a rate-raising, highly profitable private insurance system and  a 10-to-1 ratio of lobbyists who are NOT starting on a new page, who will work day and night to weaken any p

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Am I an American Person?

I listened to a Congressman from Alabama give the Republican's weekly statement (after the President's weekly statement) on NBC this morning and was told that despite what Pelosi and Reid want, despite the threat of using reconciliation to push the Health Care bill through, the American People don't want the Health Care bill as it has been debated and argued over the past year. He said the American People want Congress and The President to "start over on a new page."

Here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, about as American a location as you can find, I sit watching this knowing that I WANT a Health Care bill to be passed NOW. I know that if the government starts on a NEW PAGE it will be in the face of a rate-raising, highly profitable private insurance system and  a 10-to-1 ratio of lobbyists who are NOT starting on a new page, who will work day and night to weaken any p

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Excise Tax Harms Health Care Policy

I argue against the excise tax for the following reasons:

a. The tax penalizes the middle class by cutting health care. 

b. The tax does not increase wages, and, now, there is evidence against the argument that it does. These arguments favoring the tax relied upon correlation rather than causation.

c. The tax assumes health care consumers are rational based on right wing ideological assumptions. These assumptions are often paraded around as fact, and, indeed, this can be seen with regard to how often issues of correlation on wages are quickly assumed to be causation for the purposes of buying into the right wing ideological frames. I do not assume intend here. I merely assume that one has bought intentional or not into right wing assumptions.

d. As a corollary, the argument assumes we will "bend the cost curve" is also false. This depends on assuming monopolies will stop being monopolies and that consumers will not under or overestimate their need for health care services. 

e. Finally, the tax is regressive rather than progressive. Thus, the ideological reason for the tax is flawed.

This is an extremely long post, and for that, I apologize, but often in these debates people attempt to reduce complicated debates to talking points. I want to delve into why I have a problem with the assumptions, and that means really covering all angles of the discussion with supporting evidence.

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