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Helen Thomas: "Too Bad That Single Payer Isnít Being Considered" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 18 Jun 09 | Helen "Who's Your Mama?" Thomas

Posted on 06/18/2009 2:12:31 PM PDT by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- A universal health-care system based on the single-payer model appears to be a bridge too far for politically attuned President Barack Obama.

A single-payer system -- such as Medicare for everyone -- would solve the problem of out-of-control costs and would provide health care for all.

President Lyndon B. Johnson had the courage to weigh in with all his political clout to win passage of Medicare and Medicaid, star accomplishments of the Great Society.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt put all his chips on the table to win passage of the Social Security Act that makes the elderly more financially secure.

All around the world, governments have long made medical care available for their citizens. Why not us?

Obama clearly has no stomach for the political battle that any single-payer plan would ignite. So he’s endorsed a step that would allow the government to provide health insurance coverage -- not health care -- to eligible people. Such government-sponsored health insurance -- the so-called public plan option -- is now being considered in Congress as it writes health care reform legislation.

While the public plan option gets full consideration in Congress, the single-payer model -- such as universal Medicare -- has been unwelcome at the White House or on Capitol Hill. It’s too hot politically.

Even the public plan option faces a struggle. Believe it or not, opponents of the public plan option -- including many lawmakers beholden to the health insurance industry -- are still using the bugaboo "socialism" scare word in an effort to intimidate would-be supporters.

Obama said part of the fierce opposition to health care reform has been fueled "by some interest groups and lobbyists -- opposition that has used fear tactics to paint any effort to achieve reform as an attempt to, yes, socialize medicine."

He made it clear that his idea of health care reform would allow patients to choose their own doctors and keep their own health plans.

Somehow government bailouts have been more palatable for Wall Street plutocrats who happen to be broke and needy.

Obama -- apparently fearing to be labeled a liberal -- stressed in a speech to the AMA in Chicago this week that he does not favor socialized medicine. (We won’t ask him whether he favors government- financed public schools, libraries, roads and parks, just to name a few examples of socialism in our midst.)

Some 47 million Americans are uninsured -- many because some employers have dropped coverage in the economic downturn. Others lack insurance because pre-existing illnesses deny them access to private insurance. There also are millions with no way to pay for soaring health insurance payments because they have lost their jobs.

Nearly all Republicans and some moderate Democrats are opposed to any public plan option. These are the same lawmakers who receive many government-provided perks including health insurance coverage.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, exemplified the dominant Republican viewpoint on the public plan option when he wrote in the newspaper Politico that as many as 119 million Americans "would shift from private coverage for the government plan" if one were created.

The Obama administration scoffs, contending that such an option would increase competitiveness and lower private insurance costs.

In his remarks to the AMA, Obama warned against "scare tactics" and "fear mongering" by opponents of the public plan option, which the president said it should be available to those who have no health insurance.

Obama also told the AMA that a "public option is not your enemy, it is your friend." He rejected the "illegitimate concern that’s being put forward by those who are claiming that a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single payer system."

Obama should tear a page out of LBJ’s vote-getting manual and shame the heartless opponents. The health of all Americans is our business.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bho2009; bho44; bhofascism; bhohealthcare; dims; dumbocrats; healthcare; helenthomas; infobabe; liberalmeathead; obama; obamacare; obamalamadingdong; obamarama; rats; socialism; wealthshare
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A hopeful beneficiary...
1 posted on 06/18/2009 2:12:31 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

I hope facial reconstruction is part of the proposed plan.


2 posted on 06/18/2009 2:13:31 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: beckysueb; DirtyHarryY2K; holly go-rightly; Jet Jaguar; Lauren BaRecall; LucyT; machogirl; ...
Latest liberal lunacy from Helen Thomas...FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to the Helen Thomas ping list.
3 posted on 06/18/2009 2:13:45 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: domenad

Isn’t the deficit far enough out of control already?


4 posted on 06/18/2009 2:14:38 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

OH MY EYES!!!! THEY ARE BURNING!!!


5 posted on 06/18/2009 2:15:46 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: seanmerc

That pic is the closest thing to saltpeter there ever was.


6 posted on 06/18/2009 2:16:33 PM PDT by lormand (zero b. Hussien - Hard on flies, soft on terrorists)
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To: domenad
I hope facial reconstruction is part of the proposed plan.

LOL! Thanks very much.

7 posted on 06/18/2009 2:16:36 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: seanmerc
Emergency Antidote...


8 posted on 06/18/2009 2:16:46 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: seanmerc

So, calling it “socialism” (which it is) is just a “scare tactic”, according to Soetoro, eh? Oh, well, if anyone should know about scare tactics, it would be him!


9 posted on 06/18/2009 2:16:48 PM PDT by SandWMan (Even if you can't legislate morality, you can legislate morally.)
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To: seanmerc

STOP, STOP ok I give.


10 posted on 06/18/2009 2:17:36 PM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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To: seanmerc
Paying for her plastic surgery would really break the single payer bank!
11 posted on 06/18/2009 2:18:29 PM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: Dallas59

gawd I needed that


12 posted on 06/18/2009 2:18:43 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Safrguns

Just like Smeagol...”It burns us!”


13 posted on 06/18/2009 2:19:27 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: GunsareOK

NOT the babe—Helen the hag.


14 posted on 06/18/2009 2:19:43 PM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: Dallas59

Whew!!!


15 posted on 06/18/2009 2:19:52 PM PDT by Vendome
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To: windcliff

ping


16 posted on 06/18/2009 2:19:52 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (The black man is keeping me down!)
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To: seanmerc
And we can point to all the wildly succesful single payer plans such as:

Oh, never mind......

17 posted on 06/18/2009 2:21:10 PM PDT by North Coast Conservative (Are you a sheep? Or, are you a sheep dog?)
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To: seanmerc
"the Social Security Act that makes the elderly more financially secure"

I don't know any elderly people who feel more financially secure because of social security.

18 posted on 06/18/2009 2:21:32 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: seanmerc

What planet is this old nag from? Or better yet, does she live in the same world as the rest of us?

Every dammed word in this editorial is delusional.


19 posted on 06/18/2009 2:21:43 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: GunsareOK

NOT the babe—Helen the hag.””

Helen is not a hag but a him. He is a product of genital mutilation and a lifetime of male steroids.


20 posted on 06/18/2009 2:24:49 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Freedom's Precious Metals: Gold, Silver and Lead))
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To: seanmerc

21 posted on 06/18/2009 2:26:01 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: MaggieCarta

22 posted on 06/18/2009 2:27:40 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: seanmerc
A single-payer system -- such as Medicare for everyone -- would solve the problem of out-of-control costs and would provide health care for all.

Wow, she really is delusional. She states that like it's established fact, and with no explanation of how that could be accomplished (i.e. because care beyond the fixed budget simply wouldn't be made available). Obviously, even with no change at all in the average care people receive, adding 47 million people to the roster would wildly increase total cost. And of course a significant chunk of those people are illegal aliens or people who just don't give a crap about their health.

23 posted on 06/18/2009 2:28:27 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Dallas59

Thank you for the eye wash.
Now if only I could cleanse my memory.


24 posted on 06/18/2009 2:28:41 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: seanmerc

Oh, argh.

Can someone tell me why I asked to be on the HT ping list?


25 posted on 06/18/2009 2:29:22 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Jewbacca

Pain... slowly... fading...


26 posted on 06/18/2009 2:29:26 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: seanmerc

Yikes!!! Send THAT to N.Korea - case closed.


27 posted on 06/18/2009 2:29:40 PM PDT by greatplains
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To: seanmerc

How can someone who covered government and politics for about 60 years still believe government can solve anything or save money by getting involved in something?

That’s the definition of “inability to learn”


28 posted on 06/18/2009 2:31:58 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (There once was a dream called, "Hippy Beat Down." The mere whisper of if caused cops to cry.")
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To: counterpunch

29 posted on 06/18/2009 2:36:58 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: seanmerc
At least Helen will be too old to get medical treatment when Obama gets control of healthcare.

Hospice for Helen.

30 posted on 06/18/2009 2:40:35 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: seanmerc

Helen offers tons of claims with no evidence to support them. As such, it isn’t even worthy of a good editorial.


31 posted on 06/18/2009 2:43:05 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: seanmerc

She ain’ no heart throb....

Heck, that’s heartburn!


32 posted on 06/18/2009 2:49:26 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: seanmerc

Why won’t she just die already.


33 posted on 06/18/2009 2:56:57 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: KoRn
"What planet is this old nag from?"

Camelot.

34 posted on 06/18/2009 2:59:36 PM PDT by VR-21 (The election of Barack Obama was a hate crime.)
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To: seanmerc
*sigh*
A double-helping of "Eyewash" today....
THIS IS GREAT EYE WASH!

35 posted on 06/18/2009 3:03:26 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid / deadly things happen... :^)
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To: seanmerc
OWWWWWWWWWWWW MY EYESSSSSSSSSS.....IT BURNSSSSS USSSSSSS
36 posted on 06/18/2009 3:05:26 PM PDT by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: seanmerc

If people keep posting these Helen Thomas pictures I may have to reconsider my stance on Universal Health care....The repeated exposure to harmfull Helen Thomas pictures is damaging my retinas!!!! LOL


37 posted on 06/18/2009 3:09:22 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: seanmerc

OK, that was pretty graphic...Thanks for ruining my dinner...

Wait...Check that...I “should” not have opened the thread...

See...No blame game here...Muh bad...

My dog is here barking un-controllably though...Poor little guy...

Shame on me!!!


38 posted on 06/18/2009 3:46:22 PM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: seanmerc; seekthetruth; All
OH MY EYES!!!! THEY ARE BURNING!!! 5

Eyes that burn after viewing Helen Thomas should be encouraged to seek legal counsel by The Lawyers that represented Stevie Wonder and Ray Charels.

39 posted on 06/18/2009 5:38:24 PM PDT by katiekins1 (Obama=DickTater N Chief)
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To: seanmerc; seekthetruth; GOP_Lady; All
The Graphic Warning is appreciated! I nominate you as *The Free Republic* Cautionary Viewers Czar.

: )

40 posted on 06/18/2009 6:11:12 PM PDT by katiekins1 (Obama=DickTater N Chief)
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To: katiekins1

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


41 posted on 06/18/2009 6:15:39 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: seanmerc

msm’s first supermodel


42 posted on 06/18/2009 6:25:51 PM PDT by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: LucyT

masochist?


43 posted on 06/18/2009 6:27:26 PM PDT by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: Jewbacca

That buttocks has to belong to a Brazilian.


44 posted on 06/18/2009 6:49:46 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Climate change alarmists are Warm-Mongers. Now that's funny right there. I don't care who you are.)
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To: Dallas59; Jewbacca; skinkinthegrass

From eye catastrophe to eye candy. Thanks.


45 posted on 06/18/2009 6:54:20 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: machogirl

lol

Must be!


46 posted on 06/18/2009 6:56:11 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: seanmerc

Easy for her to sing the communist song when she won’t have to live in it long.

“would solve the problem of out-of-control costs and would provide health care for all.”

ROFLMAO at this communist !$@#@!#@

Yeah, everyone will have equally minimal medical (not “health) care, as where with equal pay for everything and everyone gets paid, everyone will be equally POOR.


47 posted on 06/18/2009 7:05:14 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: seanmerc

“All around the world, governments have long made medical care available for their citizens. Why not us?”

Why? BECAUSE WE’RE BETTER - THAT’S RIGHT, BETTER - THAN THEY ARE.

We were better starting from Sept. 17, 1789.


48 posted on 06/18/2009 7:06:42 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: seanmerc

If this universal health care system is foisted upon us, I recommend that we harvest Helen’s organs immediately. She’s nasty and old and has served her purpose. ;o}


49 posted on 06/18/2009 9:21:01 PM PDT by Melian ("Now, Y'all without sin can cast the first stone." ~H.I. McDunnough)
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To: PGalt
From eye catastrophe to eye candy. Thanks.

You could send..."more suggestions" (REM: This IS a family thread.)


50 posted on 06/18/2009 9:37:10 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid / deadly things happen... :^)
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