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Letters and Politics - September 16, 2013 at 10:00am

Letters and Politics, for September 16, 2013 - 10:00am

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Letters and Politics

Sabrina Saddiqui, Capitol Hill Correspondent for the Huffington Post.

Ken Jacobs, Chair of UC Berkeley Labor Center.

Josh Blackman, author of Unprecedented.

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I much appreciated the

I much appreciated the 'ObamaCare' discussion, thank you.

I'd like to give a reason some strong progressives don't support program; it's seldom mentioned. Some strong progressives continue to be offended by the new program because it remains entangled with for-profit corporations. Precious premium dollars will will be skimmed off to help these corporations - citizens remain as 'risk categories' rather than being seen as valued contributing members of community whose health needs deserve support.

IF single-payer presenters had not been arbitrarily denied opportunity to present data and descriptions of universal single payer at the "all stakeholders" conference, and IFafter a full and fair hearing, the American public had still been uninterested in single payer - and IF the public option also had been given extended and fair discussion, also without finding strong support, then, we'd feel the new Health Care Act was "the best that could be done for now". We'd be much much less offended.

An honest "best effort" required full and open discussion of ALL possibilities.

As an uninsured senior who lacks sufficient quarters to qualify for Medicare, whose very modest income is in non-US$$, and who has decades experience with Canada's system, I'm both personally and philosophically quite upset at this 'signature legislation'.

I am not alone among strong progressives who feel this new plan is deeply flawed, and that too many Americans will continue to lack appropriate high quality basic care for all health needs.

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