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White House Appears Ready to Drop 'Public Option'

Published: Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | 5:05 PM ET

By: AP

Bowing to Republican pressure, President Barack Obama's administration signaled on Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.

Facing mounting opposition to the overhaul, administration officials left open the chance for a compromise with Republicans that would include health insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run plan. Such a concession probably would enrage Obama's liberal supporters but could deliver a much-needed victory on a top domestic priority opposed by GOP lawmakers.

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Will healthcare costs go through the roof with the next business cycle?

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http://www.cnbc.com/id/32438677

White House Appears Ready to Drop 'Public Option'

Published: Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | 5:05 PM ET

By: AP

Will healthcare costs go through the roof with the next business cycle?

Yep.

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How is this raw capitalism? The US government spends more per head on healthcare than the French - $1000 dollars more per head per year - in the US. Then, after paying for it once through taxation, the lucky yanks have to pay massive health insurance costs. Coz the 'capitalists' gobble up all that lovely government money as profit.

Edited by gruffydd

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How is this raw capitalism? The US government spends more per head on healthcare than the French - $1000 dollars more per head per year - in the US. Then, after paying for it once through taxation, the lucky yanks have to pay massive health insurance costs. Coz the 'capitalists' gobble up all that lovely government money as profit.

I was being ironic. The US does think it operates a pure and unfettered democratic free market capitalist model with no inefficiencies, doesn't it?

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I was being ironic. The US does think it operates a pure and unfettered democratic free market capitalist model with no inefficiencies, doesn't it?

So they say :lol::lol::lol:

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if they drop it then it's not because of capitalism or "right wing" Republicans (Obama controls both houses of congress and the white house), it's because the American people are up in arms and are lambasting their congressmen, that's why they're backtracking.

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Why does a Democrat administration that controls the presidency, the house and the senate have to "bow to Republican pressure"?

Odd.

they don't but they pay attention to the polls and if they force this through when people are nearly revolting then it would damage them massively

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if they drop it then it's not because of capitalism or "right wing" Republicans (Obama controls both houses of congress and the white house), it's because the American people are up in arms and are lambasting their congressmen, that's why they're backtracking.

A massive PR effort is underway...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnRKEXHXzTQ

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People voted for change and they voted for obama.

If he has the mandate and pussies out then its curtains.

If he believes in a US NHS/other solution he should go for it and force it through if not then he should walk.

There will be a huge backlash if nothing changes.

You can have the free market system or a NHS style system but you cannot have the us system as it is with all the costs of one and the risk to the poor/unemployed of the other.

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if they drop it then it's not because of capitalism or "right wing" Republicans (Obama controls both houses of congress and the white house), it's because the American people are up in arms and are lambasting their congressmen, that's why they're backtracking.

Turkeys lambasting those who want to ban Christmas.

After all, we can't allow people to pay half as much for a better service, that just wouldn't be proper capitalism.

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It's all very odd. The US has worked so hard to be the biggest and best. Don't they realise they set the price of healthcare and medicine, not only for themselves but for the rest of the world?

I thought "driving a hard bargain" as a volume purchaser was a purely capitalist idea anyway?

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It's all very odd. The US has worked so hard to be the biggest and best. Don't they realise they set the price of healthcare and medicine, not only for themselves but for the rest of the world?

I thought "driving a hard bargain" as a volume purchaser was a purely capitalist idea anyway?

Retarded teachuckers.

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How is this raw capitalism? The US government spends more per head on healthcare than the French - $1000 dollars more per head per year - in the US. Then, after paying for it once through taxation, the lucky yanks have to pay massive health insurance costs. Coz the 'capitalists' gobble up all that lovely government money as profit.

The thing that I wonder about as reagards the costs of US healthcare is how much goes in insurance premiums? It hust be a really high percentage.

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