Howard Dean rips into the Senate health care bill in today’s Washington Post.
The bill was supposed to give Americans choices about what kind of system they wanted to enroll in. Instead, it fines Americans if they do not sign up with an insurance company, which may take up to 30 percent of your premium dollars and spend it on CEO salaries — in the range of $20 million a year — and on return on equity for the company’s shareholders. Few Americans will see any benefit until 2014, by which time premiums are likely to have doubled. In short, the winners in this bill are insurance companies; the American taxpayer is about to be fleeced with a bailout in a situation that dwarfs even what happened at AIG.
Sounds just like right-wing policy experts’ warnings.
I know health reform when I see it, and there isn’t much left in the Senate bill. I reluctantly conclude that, as it stands, this bill would do more harm than good to the future of America.
Which brings him into line with conservatives.
It’s amazing on how many topics the administration and congressional leadership have managed to force progressives and conservatives into alignment. The Fed’s record, and to a lesser extent Afghanistan, comes to mind. The important legislative battles right now are big business Obamanomics vs. everyone else instead of right vs. left to an extent that I wouldn’t have thought possible.
I should make clear that the title of this post was an implicit reference to Tim Carney’s book Obamanomics, the first of probably many to come.
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