None of Obama's suggestions so far would make healthcare affordable!
There have been thousands of calls and faxes to the Finance Committee and the Dems are realizing that they can't sell us out on affordable healthcare without paying a huge price.
Its obvious that Obama's proposals are sketchy and dont attack the real issues. Subsidies are not there which will make it too expensive.
From the beginning Obama didnt take adverse selection into account - His public option is vague and wont lower costs or make healthcare affordable enough for people to afford it. They will be driven to the cheaper commercial insurers.
Schumer wants the subsidies that Obama would need to make healthcare affordable for those beneath the poverty line for Wall Street
Single payer is the ONLY WAY TO MAKE HEALTHCARE AFFORDABLE AND AVAILABLE FOR ALL.
The right wing of the Democratic party decided decades ago that we would never have affordable healthcare, and now we are one of only three developed countries in the world that still treats its people so barbarically, the other two are Mexico and Turkey, both known for murdering their own people in recent history.
At least tens of thousands of people, probably more than that, die in the US each year because they don't get health care they need.
If the Democrats betray us on this, it will kill the Democratic party. It will be replaced.
The American public school system was designed to create trainable factory workers. This has been well documented.
We didn't have public education until the industrial age in America. Now that it is apparently over, (unless we do something to change that) maintaining oublic educations funding has become a challenge.
Its a similar situation with health care. Health care's main goal has been keeping people working. As technology replaces people in jobs, business no longer needs people, healthy or otherwise, except as consumers.
Obama's healthcare plans reflect that priority placed on the current corporate workforce and maintaining their dependence on their employers for healthcare.
Even as the whole 20th century "job" paradigm becomes increasingly irrelevant.