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nytimes.com — At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to "keep your government hands off my Medicare." The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare is already a government program - but the voter, Mr. Inglis said, "wasn't having any of it."

Right-wing opponents of reform would have you believe that President Obama is a wild-eyed socialist, attacking the free market. But unregulated markets don't work for health care - never have, never will. To the extent we have a working health care system at all right now it's only because the government covers the elderly, while a combination of regulation and tax subsidies makes it possible for many, but not all, nonelderly Americans to get decent private coverage.

Now Mr. Obama basically proposes using additional regulation and subsidies to make decent insurance available to all of us. That's not radical; it's as American as, well, Medicare.

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Would you prefer government regulated or unregulated private health care insurance?
Regulated
57%
Un-Regulated
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Posted 1945 days ago
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Obama & the Democrats are planning to cut Medicare to support the trillion dollars they need to take total control of US medical care.

Obama proposes spending a trillion dollars, we don't have, increasing taxes and destroying the health insurance industry. Goverment agencies have said the plan is unsound and Ameircans don't want it.

It isn't the "right-wing" that is aganist this. It is all Americans that take care of themselves. Not the gimmie obamanation of non-producers.
Posted 1945 days ago
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Neither. I would like the government to invest in free universal direct care (as medically necessary) for all citizens from the doctors and hospitals of their choice. The government can subsidize every hospital directly with public funds and the hospitals can place physicians on salaries with performance bonuses. This program can be paid for simply by taxing recent windfall profits in the oil and banking industries, and perhaps also by charging multinational firms an additional small annual fee for the privilege of conducting business within the United States.
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