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I’m kind of in love with my president….

www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/opinion/16obama.html

he’s not perfect.  he’s not as gay-friendly as he told us he would be.  he’s also not going to pull out of afghanistan any time soon.  sadly. 

but health care reform?  oh yeah.  I hope he can push it through. 

some highlights:

"But let’s make sure that we talk with one another, and not over one another. We are bound to disagree, but let’s disagree over issues that are real, and not wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed. This is a complicated and critical issue, and it deserves a serious debate."

"In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain. But for all the scare tactics out there, what’s truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing. If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day. Premiums will continue to skyrocket. Our deficit will continue to grow. And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating against sick people. That is not a future I want for my children, or for yours. And that is not a future I want for the United States of America."

Barack Obama is the president of the United States.

19 thoughts on “I’m kind of in love with my president….”

  1. I just hope NPR isn’t right, and he’s not going to drop the public option. We need it. We need it so hard. And it’s this whackedout 2% of the population that’s too high on their own farts to realize that the brown people aren’t TAKIN R JURBS and the black people aren’t STEALIN MAH MUNNIE and that the very best thing we can do for our economy is to create a public healthcare or insurance system in ANY form and take some of the weight off those companies who really can’t afford it but want to…

    I’m so angry.

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    1. I heard that. It was even in the spokane news.

      the co-op thing doesn’t sound really bad, if a broad enough coalition could be built. but what really needs to happen is: reigning in insurance companies and costs of medicine, especially for seniors. oh and covering the 50 million uninsured and what is it? 17?million underinsured…

      get to it Obama!

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      1. The reason the co-op plan sounds bad is because these funds are going to be held to the same standards as any financial institution– which means that the funds need to be raised before they’re even considered viable. It’s basically throwing out public care and replacing it with something that is unlikely to happen because the health insurance industry will be able to sabotage these kinds of operations very easily.

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      2. ooooohhhhhhh. snap! you’re totally right. I hadn’t thought of it that way.

        although, the insurance lobbies should be … what is the phrase? MORALLY BANKRUPT. and no one should listen to them because we know they’re money grubbing evildoers. why is their lobby so strong? didn’t they just get bailed out by the government? AAAAHHHH!!!!!

        okay. time to write to the guvmint.

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      3. oh. I remember that now… oops.

        I thought they were all sort of “buddies” in a “we’re all crooks” kind of way. that makes sense. the health insurance guys don’t actually *need* a bailout because they’re raking it in…

        and they all want brains….

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    1. I wondered about that too.

      but … We are bound to disagree, but let’s disagree over issues that are real, and not wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed.

      is there honestly a segment of the population that ACTUALLY BELIEVES that there would be death panels!!!!!!?????

      have people lost their capacity to reason??? entirely?

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      1. Yes, and yes. They’re unable to think anything that Glen Beck hasn’t fed them.

        Of course, there’s another segment who aren’t able to think anything that HuffPo hasn’t fed them.

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      2. trufax.

        or Parade (comes in with the weekly sunday paper.)

        although USA today – when I think of that I think of airports.

        which makes me not want to read it evar!!!

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      1. yes. he did expect more of us – and he should. this is the kind of thing people were talking about back in November – the people who mobilized to get him elected? just the beginning! we need to continue to mobilize.

        Obama is already starting to get grey… it’s too strong a toll, sometimes, I think.

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  2. Much as our NHS annoys me, and has fucked myself and friends over, I wouldn’t want to be without it. I think it’s a good idea to reform it, that way everyone gets a fair chance. I’ve heard some of the cons but much as I hate to pay for other people, I’d rather know people can get life-saving surgery/help they need. And vaccinations/antibiotics.

    Plus a lot of private companies, mine inclued, have an opt-in with private companies so if I can’t get something NHS that will pay for me.

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