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Hoping for failure – health care isn’t a game

Health care costsRepublicans want to kill health care to score cheap political points. Senator DeMint wants to make it Obama’s "Waterloo." Newt Gingrich agrees. And Senator Inhofe sees killing health care as the way Republicans can win back seats in Congress in 2010. This is about politics for them. But this isn’t a game.

The Center for American Progress details what will happen in this country if we don’t pass health care reform. The numbers are stark:

This analysis shows that without health reform, average family premiums will grow to more than $22,000 by 2019, up from $13,100 today. In some states with higher-than-average premiums, family premiums will exceed $25,000 in 10 years. Of course, a family’s total health care costs will be even higher once co-payments and other out-of-pocket expenses are calculated into the total.

The numbers have been broken down state-by-state, which you can see on the chart at right.

So, Jim DeMint from South Carolina wants his constituents to pay more than $21,000 for health care per year to give Obama his "Waterloo." James Inhofe from from Oklahoma wants to force his constituents to pay over $20,000 per year to win back a few seats in Congress. And they both have health care paid for by you and me.

It’s not just Republican Senators, or course. Rich media personalities like Rush Limbaugh, who makes more than $50 million per year, deny there is a health care crisis and hope for Obama to fail. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, fellow multi-millionaires, are pushing the same line, when they’re not flipping out about Obama’s birth certificate.

These people simply have no skin in the game. They think the health care fight is about politics as usual. It’s not. Over 14,000 are losing their health care every day. People are dying. And the cost of doing nothing is staggering. In just three weeks, this is what happens in America without health reform:

This is about health care for people and lowering costs for you and me. This isn’t about winning a few seats or scoring some points in the media. But obstructionists of all stripes (and it’s not just the media or Republicans) are willing to slow down or kill health reform for politics. These kinds of power games are enough to make you sick.

(also posted at the NOW! blog)

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Hoping for failure – health care isn’t a game

Health care costsRepublicans want to kill health care to score cheap political points. Senator DeMint wants to make it Obama’s "Waterloo." Newt Gingrich agrees. And Senator Inhofe sees killing health care as the way Republicans can win back seats in Congress in 2010. This is about politics for them. But this isn’t a game.

The Center for American Progress details what will happen in this country if we don’t pass health care reform. The numbers are stark:

This analysis shows that without health reform, average family premiums will grow to more than $22,000 by 2019, up from $13,100 today. In some states with higher-than-average premiums, family premiums will exceed $25,000 in 10 years. Of course, a family’s total health care costs will be even higher once co-payments and other out-of-pocket expenses are calculated into the total.

The numbers have been broken down state-by-state, which you can see on the chart at right.

So, Jim DeMint from South Carolina wants his constituents to pay more than $21,000 for health care per year to give Obama his "Waterloo." James Inhofe from from Oklahoma wants to force his constituents to pay over $20,000 per year to win back a few seats in Congress. And they both have health care paid for by you and me.

It’s not just Republican Senators, or course. Rich media personalities like Rush Limbaugh, who makes more than $50 million per year, deny there is a health care crisis and hope for Obama to fail. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, fellow multi-millionaires, are pushing the same line, when they’re not flipping out about Obama’s birth certificate.

These people simply have no skin in the game. They think the health care fight is about politics as usual. It’s not. Over 14,000 are losing their health care every day. People are dying. And the cost of doing nothing is staggering. In just three weeks, this is what happens in America without health reform:

This is about health care for people and lowering costs for you and me. This isn’t about winning a few seats or scoring some points in the media. But obstructionists of all stripes (and it’s not just the media or Republicans) are willing to slow down or kill health reform for politics. These kinds of power games are enough to make you sick.

(also posted at the NOW! blog)

I’m proud to work for Health Care for America Now

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.

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