five health care promises “candidate” obama won’t be keeping

September 21, 2009

 

Remember “Candidate” Obama? Back before he became “President” Obama? Remember THOSE promises? Here are five he will not be keeping:

 

1. No Individual Mandate.

2. Complete Transparency

3. Government To Negotiate Lower Drug Prices

4. Allow Drug Importation

5. Lower Premiums by $2,500 for Family of Four

 

The mandate is in, sorry ‘bout that kids. Baucus’s bill — fondly referred to in D.C. as The White House Bill — was so non-transparent Baucus’s own party was not even privy to its details before insurance lobbyists were, forget the American people. The government did negotiate drug prices –– um, higher or to stay the same prices –– and drug importation is out via a very not transparent closed door negotiation between Obama and Big Pharma. And oh yeah? Those lower premiums? Those are out too and if, God forbid, you are a single parent? More out. And by the way, if you don’t buy that promised-not-to-be-mandated insurance? You now pay a $3,800 fine. I can see that working out for the people who live in boxes in Downtown L.A. right off. And I have not even brought up the “public option.” [delicate cough]

 


:::cbs special report:::

 

where that info comes from :
that is from stephanie condon’s cbs special report

6 Responses to “five health care promises “candidate” obama won’t be keeping”

  1. max said

    It is just me and Stephanie Condon huh? Oh well.

  2. Stiletto said

    I remember when Dubya was coming out against Americans buying prescription drugs in Canada. I remember being totally incredulous that this callous and inept individual was implying we should get fleeced by our own pharmaceutical companies. I mean I was PISSED considering my psoriasis medication would have cost me approximately SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH when online – through a Canadian pharmacy – it cost under $200 (from my recollection). My dermatologist had even recommended I go online.

    Don’t even get me started on #4. This burns me.

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/06/20/medicare.senate/index.html

    I like how the FDA and other federal agencies have deemed it as “unsafe and risky.” I suppose they overlooked or expect us to overlook –

    “The amendment — attached to the broader Medicare bill under debate — sets up a one-year trial program under which U.S. pharmacies can buy the cheaper drugs from Canada, which originally bought the drugs from U.S. pharmaceutical companies.”

    So are they saying Canadian pharmacies originally buy their drugs from US pharmaceutical companies or am I totally misreading it?

    Regardless, I like this response:
    “REP. GIL GUTKNECKT: We know how many people have died from taking drugs from Canada, legal prescription drugs. It’s a nice round number. It’s easy to remember. It’s zero.”

    Heh!

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june04/drug_03-12.html

  3. Stiletto said

    Afterthought – maybe the government will feel better knowing that my friends and I only buy US manufactured illicit drugs.

  4. max said

    “REP. GIL GUTKNECKT: We know how many people have died from taking drugs from Canada, legal prescription drugs. It’s a nice round number. It’s easy to remember. It’s zero.”

    That is brilliant.

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