Kucinich Wants His Amendment Back

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Friday, October 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was none too happy when House leaders stripped his single-payer provision from their $894 billion health reform proposal. Today, he’s urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reinstate it.

“Like many other important reforms included in the underlying bill, the Kucinich amendment is the object of attack by the insurance industry,” Kucinich wrote in a letter. “Unlike other reform measures, Leadership has chosen to strip the Kucinich amendment of the protection it deserves.”

Kucinich’s provision, which would allow states to set up single-payer health care systems modeled after Medicare, passed the House Education and Labor Committee in July, but was stripped out by Democratic leaders as they pieced together their final bill from the various committee proposals. Kucinich concedes that the provision represents “incremental reform.” “But,” he adds, “it allows the country to move incrementally in the direction that is needed.”

If Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.) is right about there being no floor amendments, this plea could be Kucinich’s last shot.

Update (4:46 p.m.): Democratic Reps John Conyers (Mich.), Eric Massa (N.Y.), Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), Janice Schakowsky (Ill.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) have also signed the letter.

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tjcole
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

Kucinich for President 2012..!


giantkiller
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

As usual, Kucinich is right on. As usual, Kucinich is the only legitimate voice of what used to be known as the Democratic party. His is not a milk toast centrist like Pelosi and the rest of the so-called Democrats. Kucinich is a true old fashioned liberal who actually represents the interest of the people in the halls of Congress. He wants his amendment back. That is OUR amendment, too. We all want it back, so give it to him Pelosi!


kathrynzellich
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

Go, Dennis! Bring us up to the standards of the rest of the industrialized world! You'll go a long way to leveling a very uneven playing field.


McCauley
Comment posted October 30, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

Pelosi promised a vote on single-payer. Now not even the state-by-state idea will be considered. The debate over single-payer would show it covers everyone and saves money. What is wrong with that?


Chris
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:34 am

Thats funny, I want it back too. I called my Rep. today to ask he to demand a floor vote on Rep. Weiner's single-payer amendment.

Man if we could have this language back in the bill, and -one- state got it passed; could you imagine? When people moved there and new biz opened up as a result of having single payer in that state, I think it would be the beginning of the end for the for-profit health care co's.


christian_soldier
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:51 am

Too bad the nation failed to elect Kucinich Presidentp. We would be out of Iraq and Iran, Bush and most of his administration would be serving time for leading the nation into war under false pretext A lot of the Wall Street crooks would be with him. The .001 elites would have to actually pay taxes, and we would javeuniversal jealthcare for all Americans.


robertgilley
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 7:35 am

This guy would have made the best President since Lincoln! And sure enough the rich and powerful have seen to it he never gets anywhere. American voters are just plain stupid!


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just2quixotic
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 9:09 am

I think you are mistaken. The American voters are not stupid; they are misinformed. Misinformed quite deliberately by the elite who control the 5 major corporations who control over 90% of the mass media in this country,


robertgilley
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 9:32 am

You are correct I am mistaken about American voters being stupid. They are just not vigillant in watching over our so called democracy. Which is why the 5 corporations can controll everything. People don't want to be bothered or perhaps just don't want to know what lies beneath. I suspect we will one day fade into history as the last bastion of democratic rule. The future is “corportism” and every president since Nixon has pointed us in that direction, including the present one.


oldandmean
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 11:52 am

The one thing I've never understood about Republican objections to health care reform is that if we had a government run and financed single payer health care program ( aka Medicare part E) then business big and small wouldn't have to pay exorbitant premiums for their employees health care and could re-invest that saved money in their business. Might even create a job or two. Republicans are still pro business right?


sothsegger
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

don't call me stupid. i'm just tired. when i come home from work, i'm too tired to do anything but rip open a beer and watch tv.


sandra in nebraska
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

Single payer is what I'd like to see. Give it a year and NOBODY will want private insurance again. I guess that's what the insurance companies are afraid of.


sandra in nebraska
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

I think they're just pro super-duper big corporation business, not small business. They only talk about small business as part of their marketing.


doug2
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

The reason repugs are opposed to anything that benefits ordinary people is they want people poor, uneducated and desparate. It's easier to mislead people that way. If they are fighting to survive one more day, they are too busy to notice you are stealing them blind.


John Doe
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

That makes you incredibly irresponsible.


Oftenlucid
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

I agree. The way the Democrats could easily spin this would be to say that Universal Health Care would put us on a level playing field with other industrialized countries who offer health care to their workers and would wipe out workman's comp which is strangling small business'. And really, that's not spin, that's fact.


edzeppelin
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

right, because that legislative body called “Congress” wouldn't exist anymore…


robertgilley
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

I rest my case.


wyattsflame
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

Health care costs don't magically disappear because the government is playing the middle man. A public option may shift who is paying for health care, but we'll all still pay for it. A public option is not pro-business. It's just another insurance player that will contribute to the growing cost of health care. That is, a public option will pay for unnecessary tests just as good as a private insurer does, probably better. On the bright side, a lot more people will have access to unnecessary tests!


Nick_D
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

Yes


sothsegger
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

i know my limits; and i don't assume more responsibility than i can handle.


oldandmean
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

I was talking about single payer which is far different from a public option. You are right, it wouldn't be free but single payer would insure everyone and would be pro-business in that it would take the cost of health care coverage from businesses in general and place it on the government. This would allow business to compete in a world where almost all industrialized nations cover their citizens health care cost. We can afford almost a trillion dollars in tax cuts for the rich and manage to fight wars in two locations. I don't see why we can't manage to deal with health care for our citizens. If you don't think that the government can run a health insurance program, take a look at Tricare, which is the government run program for our military. It is considered by many to be the best health insurance available. It is single payer insurance and is paid for by our taxes. If we somehow can include tort reform in one of these bills, we might handle the unnecessary test issue. This site offers a good comparison of single payer and public option. http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2009/06/public-op…


steve brown
Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

Congressman Kucinici, we the people got your back covered. YOU will be the leader of the house after the next election, and the rotten bunch of neo-con / neo-lib incumbants will be all thrown out of power into prison, come next election!


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Comment posted October 31, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

Dennis Kucinich should be furious, we all should be. This country is built on screwing you out of your money, laughing at you, and watching you die. Believe it or not, other countries have universal health care. I think we will have universal health care eventually, but first china has to own us, oh ok, and, we will have outsourced most of our jobs, whoops okay, the dollar will no longer be the standard.

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Name
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 3:09 am

Dennis Kucinich is one of the few remaining true and legitimate Democrats holding national elected office. He and Anthony Weiner, Bernie Sanders (Indep) and a few others seem to have retained knowledge of what being a Democrat means. We want SINGLE PAYER, MEDICARE FOR ALL! I do not support the state optional single payer concept but I do absolutely support national, single payer, Medicare for all. Get private insurance OUT of health care altogether, including all the private insurance enriching “riders” added on to Medicare. Universal, single payer, Medicare for All – that is the ONLY genuine health insurance reform.


ericeldred
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 10:27 am

It's sad that the few representatives that we have that truly represent the people are the outliers in the whole corrupt system. I am so tired of hearing George Will declare it's not the Federal Govt.'s job to take care of the needs of the population, yet it's OUR government, by the people for the people, and unless we can strengthen our labor unions tenfold, it's the only thing that will save the individual from credit card companies (changing the terms of our loans), chemical industries (patenting and controlling our sources of food) and the stock market (consolidating the countries wealth and power).
Kucinich deserves more clout and credibility for sticking his neck out for the people. While we are at it, let's get behind, Russ Feinstein, John Kerry, Amy Kloubechar, and what the hell, let's stop demonizing Ralph Nader.


ericeldred
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 10:42 am

The sad part is the Gov't isn't playing the middle man. It's leaving the middle man, in the form of the health insurance corporations, in place. If the choice is being pro-business or capitalizing off of the sick and disabled, then you need to search your soul and ask what kind of society do you want to be a part of. We already have Lockheed Martin managing our welfare system. Great! we have military contractors profiting off the poor. Hey! Aren't the poor the ones who overwhelmingly enlist to serve in the military?


madisonhack
Comment posted November 1, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

This is precisely why the Republicans advocate for the demise of labor unions. A poor and tired electorate is one easily controlled.


sothsegger
Comment posted November 2, 2009 @ 10:43 am

am i poor when i can afford beer and tv? even flat-panel tv! and all those cable channels!


pointus
Comment posted November 4, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

Pelosi screwed him (and us). The amendment remains stripped out of the bill.


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