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Health care can be solved without rushing to socialized medicine

Original post made on Sep 4, 2009

Regarding Congressman Jerry McNerney's opinion piece published Aug. 28, "Reform must be built on current system, let people choose," I must take issue with Mr. McNerney on several points in the article.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 4, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Homeowner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

I agree with this author that we should all take a close look at all options and do our own research rather than relying on advocates and pundits. I also agree that we should not rush into anything but take the time get it right given the size of the healthcare industry and the impact on our everyday lives.

Proving the point, the author himself cherry picks stats from to make his case. The guess that upwards of 103 million Americans will sign up for a public option is based on assumptions not included in any current bill. does a good job of assessing all the potential options, even those not included in the current bills, but be sure you know what you are reading and what seemingly neutral letter writers are serving up to you.

Overall though, I agree with the author - "Go read the analysis. Inform yourself." I would add that we need to work together and leave the name-calling and labels behind.

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Posted by jill
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2009 at 9:52 am

With McNerney's "generous" offer of allowing "SO MUCH" input from his constituents on healthcare or any of his other agenda items (NOT!), I wonder if anyone had the chance to ask the following question. If no one asked the following, perhaps the PW Editor (since he is apparently a good pal of McNerney...only spinning glowing remarks about him) can find out the answer and report back to us on the PW.

Mr. McNerney: Can you please provide to all your constituents the specific constitutional provision that allows YOU to make changes to our healthcare in the first place? (Does having constitutional authority matter to you?)

I'll be waiting for a reply...

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Posted by David Miller
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Sep 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm

David Miller is a registered user.

I agree with "Homeowner"'s overall comments. However I do want to clarify that I did not intend my article to come across as neutral. In fact, I intentionally listed my affiliations in my bio at the end of the article and I think my obvious bias comes across clearly, expecially in the later paragraphs.

Regarding, the fact-check cherry picking comment...After re-reading the fact-check report I see where the 103.4 million number is the number of people joining the public option from all employers and the 88.1 million number is the number switched from private to public plans. In retrospect, I should have only included the 88.1 million number. That number is huge enough to certainly make the point. My apologies for this.

Regardless, I applaud "Homeowner" for investigating for him/herself and calling this point to my and the public's attention. Both sides need to dive below the surface level rhetoric and understand the sources behind the hysteria. The hyperbole is great on this deeply personal issue. My investigation lead me to opposing this bill. Your's may lead to a different conclusion, although I'm doubtful (inserting my bias here again).

Thanks again for the feedback!

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Posted by Homeowner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Just to clarify however, you continue to interpret the report through a biased lens. Both the 103.4 and 88.1 million numbers are max case scenario numbers based on assumptions not in the current plans! You can always find some what to justify your ideology, even if you invent it

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Posted by mark
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Can Americans be Dumded Down any further? I think not. You know it is all about fraud and nothing else when the real source of the health care ripoff is not even addressed by the corporate government nor by the corporate media. The problem is the amount of proffits that the insurance and big Pharma are making off Americans PERIOD. Due to the bought and payed for governments deregulation of the insurance industry (which began with Reagan and continued with Clinton, both parties owned by the same Rulers) which has allowed the monopolization of the industry by fewer companies which has resulted in less competition and fewer choices. The insurance companies promised (and I believe by law are supposed to) as part of the agreement that allowed for the mergers that the insurance rates would be lowered. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly enforce antitrust laws that cover mergers and acquisitions of large companies. ...
The merging of companies results in savings for the companies which were supposed to be passed on to the insured (again I believe that is by law) The fact is the savings were never passed on. Instead, since about 2000, the proffits of the insurance monopolies has set record after record after record. Their proffits have become insane, with of course the CEOs pay and bonuses going beyond belief. If you didn't know, Big Pharmas proffits are just as outrages. All of this with the blessing of the corrupt government in power now and since the days of Reagan and all between.

Can it be any more obvious? All the fighting between the right wing thugs vs Obamascare thugs and the Townhall Fiascos, and by design, nobody even knows what the real issues are. Americans are to dumbed down to look behind the curtain. If its not on Fox News or one of the other sources of Corporate Propaganda, it does not exits in the minds of the Sheeple.

I have posted some of the facts and figures of the proffits here recently, but not right now, maybe later. The info is easy enough to find on the internet though. Also relevant is the amount of the political contributions used by these corporations to buy off the self serving career politicians.

WAKE-UP America Think for yourself, the government is not here to help us. What will it take to see through the lies? Beware of
polished political hacks on this site and others purporting good intentions but in reality are promoting corporate agendas.

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