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I do not approve of this new healthcare law. The Democratic Party betrayed progressives like me.

I do not approve of this new healthcare law. The Democratic Party betrayed progressives like me. This new healthcare law looks like a giant version of the Medicare Part D disaster that the GOPranos passed in 2003 which will funnel money from poor and middle-class people to drug companies and health insurance companies.

We progressives got betrayed by the DLC (Democratic Limousine Conservatives), the New Democrats and the conservative Democrats.

Rather than complain too much, I have a remedy for the corporatism that has infected the Democratic party.

If you want a real fix for the Medicare prescription drug benefit that got inadequately addressed in this healthcare law of 2010, and if you want a government program that will offer full coverage of medication, doctor visits, hospitalization, nursing homes, hospices and abortion services with no out-of-pocket costs, covered by general revenues, then go to my noncommercial website at democratz.org where you can demand such legislation from the companies that give money to conservatives in both political parties.

Progressives need to stop acting like they suffer from Stockholm Syndrome and act on what Martin Luther King said: that without making a strong demand, those who oppose you will not do what you want to do.

Use your damn consumer power to organize a huge boycott of these companies that give money to conservatives in both parties. By sending these e-mails, you do just that.

I have had enough of lily-livered progressives who won't get involved in a huge consumer boycott of those friends of conservatives. The Spanish community has now embarked in teaching timid progressives a lesson on how to get things done by boycotting Arizona businesses in order to get legislation repealed. If the Spanish community can boycott companies to get legislation repealed, then progressives can boycott to get legislation enacted.

I don't care if you like me, go get some legislation enacted for the poorest of the poor and for the middle class, who have gotten betrayed by both party's conservative wing.

Get off your ass and do something.

Den Baer

Bethpage, NY

Apr 30 2010 - 1:36am

I fear the only thing flowing from this legislation will be the upward surge in the cost of insurance premiums for the middle class.

I fear the only thing flowing from this legislation will be the upward surge in the cost of insurance premiums for the middle class. Any discussion of the health insurers bailout legislation (né healthcare reform) that doesn't include its lack of cost controls is woefully incomplete, if not disingenuous. None of the benefits you describe will matter if medical costs continue to rise while prevailing working-class wages decline or stagnate. The math does not work and never will as long as the for-profit health insurance industry is allowed to game the system. And until there is a valid reason offered as to why medical costs in this country are so much higher than in the rest of the developed world, one must assume the system is gamed.

Health insurance is not healthcare.

Chris Trakas

New York, NY

Apr 29 2010 - 9:50pm

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