August 17, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
It seems the insurance lobby might be able to use the health care crisis to get a law passed ordering us all to buy insurance from their member companies. This is what "mandates" with no "public option" means. This is why the corporate battle against a public option has been so loud -- it is worth a trillion-dollar payday to insurance-company CEOs.
The financial industry lobby was certainly able to use the financial crisis to get us to hand over cash. and they certainly got their bonuses!
The corn lobby has been pretty smart. The government subsidizes big agriculture companies.
Don't even get me started on the big defense-company lobby!!
I guess GM wasn't smart enough to get the government to order us to buy cars.
Maybe the ailing computer industry should learn from this, and see if they can get a law passed ordering us all to buy new computers every year. The "Y2K" crisis is over but maybe they can seize on the next crisis...
It's really important that we all be able to get calls and emails, so maybe the telecom lobby should see if they can get a law passed mandating us to subscribe to ATTs data plan.
Any other ideas of things that big corporate lobbyists can get the government to order us to buy?
Posted by Dave Johnson at August 17, 2009 2:20 PM
A healthcare bill with mandates currently being considered without a public option would result in political suicide for the Democratic party. I hazard a suggestion that no bill might be preferable to a watered down version.
We need to draw a line in the sand. I've already called all my representatives to make it absolutely clear I'd prefer them to vote no on "health insurance reform" (to use the phrasing of my local Congresscritter, Sam Farr) than pass a bill without a public option. Apparently, 100 members of the House have signed a "Dear Colleague" letter (including the Samster), and Barbara Boxer's office believes she's done the same thing (two months ago, in a letter sent to Max Baucus)... Feinstein's office won't say anything more than that she supports a public option, unlike the other two.
But this is exactly what you can expect from a party that won't govern as if it has a mandate, or even a majority...
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