The Democrats appear to have picked up some bad habits having watched the Republicans work their authoritarian magic over the last 15 years. I'm ashamed at their behavior and surprised that President Obama hasn't registered at least some disappointment. Here's the brief description from someone who was advocating a single payer health care plan.
OP Ed News: Yesterday morning, eight doctors, lawyers and other activists stood up for single payer health care. We stood up during a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. The hearing was only to hear from the insurance industry, pharmaceutical companies, HMO’s and business interests. They did not want to hear about a real national health care plan. I was one of the eight. -Kevin Zeese
Ed Tubbs wrote this about our current problem:
First, No US employer can carry a heavy sack of health premium rocks that are minimally four digits to the left of the decimal point for every employee, yet remain competitive. Second, it won't matter if everyone is insured, so long as this country is short the medical professionals … You suffer a long wait now. You'll continue to suffer. Third, We cannot continue to bleed out a quarter of the high school student body, under-train the remainder, and leave those who persevere through college and med-school with five- and six-figure debt.
Finally, whether it's in a private insurance model or a government single-payer system, someone --an insurance company clerk or a government employee--is going to be in the same room with you and your doctor. The only things that will change are the nametags and the name of the employer. The only dollars-and-cents difference will likely/hopefully be that the approximately 50% of private industry costs and profit will not be equaled in a government single-payer scheme.
Democrat Steve Kagen -- an allergist, turned down his Congressional health care coverage, I'll respectfully decline until you can make that same offer for all of my constituents," Kagen, 58, said to a Congressional human resources staffer, explaining his decision to turn down what many call the "Cadillac" of U.S. health plans. Since then, he's introduced his own health care reform bill— and remained healthy, at least through August, when we last checked in with him. Now he has a second term to stay healthy through.-scientificamerican.com