Here’s the simple question for the White House, “Why are you still refusing to even consider single payer?!”

And here’s a simple message for the public: “Any health care ‘reform’ bill that does not provide a Single Payer option is NO real reform at all.”

You’ll find both in a new fax petition you can add your name to if you’re so inclined. The organizers need 100,000 signatures to submit their petition to the White House. You can get more information at our website.

There were some who “hoped” that when the White House came out with their own health care proposal there would be a real robust public option. Instead, what emerged — as far as we can see — is little more than the SAME Senate bill that everyone hated so much…

As best as we can determine, all the gruesome stuff  is still in there, in particular the forced mandate to buy corporate health insurance from some new “exchange”, with no meaningful option.

The White House site has this response to that question of whether you will be forced to buy a “government” plan:

“You will be able to shop among private insurance plans that will be sold in the insurance exchange — a marketplace where you can choose what is right for you.”

And if that isn’t nauseous enough, there’s a slick new corporate marketing slogan, “Putting Americans in Control of their Health Care.”

Well, as anyone knows who’s been watching, we the people are most definitely  not in control of health care costs… And super-duper not in control of those premiums that keep soaring up.

The bad news is the Obama plan doesn’t look as if it will solve that. The good news is, a whole lot of people are mobilized now.  Let’s hope they don’t shut up until they get some control back.

The F Word is a regular commentary by Laura Flanders, the host of GRITtv which broadcasts weekdays on satellite TV (Dish Network Ch. 9415 Free Speech TV) on cable, and online at and Follow GRITtv or GRITlaura on

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.

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