The People Say “Public Option, YES! And Tax Those Rich Bastards!”
The health insurance industry has gotten a pretty shitty return on their investment. They’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars bribing Congress, creating a bunch of slippery TV ads, and using phony “grass roots” front groups to scare Americans about “Death Panels!” and “government takeover!”
And what have they got to show for it?
After months and months of lies and orchestrated “demonstrations,” most Americans WANT government-financed health insurance, aka the public option. For those of you who can’t count to ten without using your fingers (i.e. Republicans), remember: the second part of “public option” is the word.....[drumroll]........"OPTION.” It’s not a “government takeover.” It’s an option. OK?
And what’s the most popular method of paying for health care reform? The public says Tax The Rich. The robber barons — and their legions of simpleminded worshippers — have been blithering about “Class Warfare” for years. Bring it on!
Meanwhile, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Inbred) is threatening to bring the Senate to a grinding halt by reading the entire health reform bill aloud on the Senate floor. Uh oh, this might take awhile. His index finger will be exhausted after being moved slo-o-o-owly across each page, sentence after sentence. And Coburn’s fellow senators will know when he gets to one of them big words with two syllables: His lips will stop moving and a puzzled addled expression will cross his face.
And speaking of class warfare: a House committee has just voted to enable the government to break up financial firms that are so huge, they’d take the rest of the country down with them if they collapsed. YES!!! About fuckin’ time!
If a company is “too big to fail,” it’s too big. Period. Sounds like good old-fashioned common sense to me, but the bill was opposed by Wall Street lobbyists and their Republican prostitutes. The bill was proposed by Rep. Paul Kanjorski, (D-PA). He said:
“No firm should be considered to be too big to fail. Financial firms that want to play in a casino need to have their own resources to cover their bets and not assume that tax dollars are available in reserve if their bets fail.”
The opposing Republican “reasoning” was that this legislation might force large financial institutions to scale back their size.