Tom Knapp: Howard Dean is right, Obamacare is a corporate welfare insurance company bailout

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Via the Associated Press:

“You will be forced to buy insurance. If you don’t, you’ll pay a fine,” said [former Democratic National Committee chair Howard] Dean, a physician. “It’s an insurance company bailout.”

That’s the long and short of it. While I think that either the “public option” or the “Medicare buy-in” would make it even worse, and Dean thinks one or the other would make it better, as is the Senate “ObamaCare” bill is corporate welfare and nothing but corporate welfare — a gunpoint demand that everyone write checks to the insurance companies, on pain of fine or jail.

Truth in advertising standards require that the politicians stop referring to this thing as the “Affordable Health Care for America Act.” It’s not affordable, it has no significant connection to health care, and it’s an assault on, not a deed “for,” America. Arthur Silber offered up a far more accurate and appropriate label for it last month, even before the “public option” and then the “Medicare buy-in” went away: The Fuck You Act.

8 thoughts on “Tom Knapp: Howard Dean is right, Obamacare is a corporate welfare insurance company bailout

  1. Mik Robertson

    This is the worst of the current system and making it mandatory. But it is Congress, it’s not really “Obamacare”.

  2. Ralph Swanson

    Obermann on MSNBC came out denouncing this corporate welfare issue big time.

    I don’t see how this would get past the Supreme Court. A tax is one thing. A forced purchase is another.

  3. paulie Post author

    I don’t see how this would get past the Supreme Court. A tax is one thing. A forced purchase is another.

    They’re already doing it in Massachusetts.

  4. Mik Robertson

    At least with auto insurance you have the choice to not drive a car, and the insurance is against damage you would do to others. In the case of health care, I suppose you could choose to not live, although most states have laws against suicide, and the insurance is purchased against potential harm to yourself.

    If you cannot choose accept risk of harm to yourself, how much of your life do have left?

  5. The Inquirer

    The empire has already declared it owns our bodies through the war on drugs and income taxes, and it has already declared it owns all property within the US borders through sales taxes, property taxes, immigration quotas, etc.

    How much of your life do have left? Not a whole lot.

  6. paulie Post author

    Since they are not asking our permission, yet we are screaming “NO!” Doesn’t that make it “The Rape You Act?”

    Indeed. And Democrats just got their 60th vote.

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