Posted by Curt on 27 November, 2009 at 10:55 am. 2 comments already!

As the health care debate has moved forward for the last year or so the public has figured out that the current system, while far from perfect (as if there is such a thing), is way better then what Obama and company have planned:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. That marks a steady increase from 44% at the beginning of October, 35% in May and 29% a year-and-a-half ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% now say the U.S. health care system is poor.

It is interesting to note that confidence in the system has improved as the debate over health care reform has moved to center stage. The latest polling shows that only 38% favor the health care legislation currently working its way through Congress.

Confidence has improved by 20 points to be exact in the past 18 months.

62% of those polled said that cost was the biggest problem while only 18% said it was a lack of universal coverage.

The one thing about this debate is the fact that as we continue to examine the current system and compare that to the alternatives, the more we now understand just how much we have to lose…and the numbers decline because the public is coming to grips with what this Administration wants, and the costs we will all pay, as Howard Dean admitted:

You know what this is, is a giant bail-out. This is a bail-out that makes AIG look cheap. 60 billion dollars a year goes to the insurance companies under this bill. Now if we can get a public option I think that’s ok. But if you don’t have a public option why would we want to stick the taxpayers with another bail-out? They bailed out the banks, they bailed out AIG, this is a trillion dollar bail-out.


It’s going to take trillions, billions, well trillions over several decades from our kids.


You are going to start gradually un-insuring people because we are not going to have the money to maintain the system that does nothing to control costs.

Meanwhile Breitbart has a video of Obama’s mentor in single-payer thinking, Dr. Quentin Young:

New Zeal:

According to radical journalist John Nichols writing in The Progressive;

Obama…learned about single-payer health care from his old friend and neighbor Dr. Quentin Young, the longtime coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Quentin Young told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, that while an Illinois State senator, Obama was a strong supporter of “single payer”

Barack Obama, in those early days—influenced, I hope, by me and others—categorically said single payer was the best way, and he would inaugurate it if he could get the support, meaning majorities in both houses, which he’s got, and the presidency, which he’s got. And he said that on more than one occasion…. ”

Who is Quentin Young?

Quentin Young is one of America’s most committed socialists, beginning with his time in the Young Communist League in late 1930s Chicago.

After WW2, into the mid 1970s, Young was closely associated with the Communist Party and was accused of belonging to the Bethune Club (a communist doctor’s club) by a US Congressional Committee investigating the riots at the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago.

In the late 1970s Young was associated with the pro Marx/Gramsci, New American Movement and in 1982 helped found the also Marxist, Democratic Socialists of America-to which he still belongs.

In 1972, in the dying days of the Vietnam War Young led a small radical delegation to Communist North Vietnam.

In 1995 Young attended the famous meeting at the Hyde Park home of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn where Barack Obama was introduced as chosen successor to Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer.

Young was a founder and National Chairman of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which originally provided provide medical care for civil rights workers in the South, but later morphed into a “single payer” advocacy organization.

In 1987 Young and Peter Orris founded the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), the US’s oldest existing “single payer” advocacy organization and is currently the organization’s National Co-ordinator.

Just the kind of guy our country would want influencing our President eh? A few years ago I would of been shocked….no longer.

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