Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Full title: Ralph Nader tells us: Health care reform "weak"; Tea Partiers "nothing"; Obama a "corporatist"...and he hasn't ruled out a 2012 prez run
... Ralph, with four prez runs under your belt, are you done running for public office?
"It's too early to say," Nader told The Chronicle.
... On the health care package the House and Senate are trying to forge: "It's very weak and deferred. The main thrust of the bill -- to insure the uninsured -- doesn't kick in for four years, with minor exceptions."
... Financial reform legislation: "It touched every base -- thin as ice. So it touched the ratings industry -- and didn't do much at all. It didn't do beans on derivatives. (Former Fed chair Paul) Volcker thinks it's absurd."
... On the Tea Party Movement: "There's nothing there. These are people who have other grievances other than the health issue. They're pro-NRA, pro-life, all that, and they're brought in under another umbrella."
... On Obama's first year: "He's a corporatist. Everything I predicted a year ago has turned out worse. But he's gone overboard in the sense that he's turned his back on the liberal and progressive constituency that elected him."
Answer by Friday at 5:19 PM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by urkiddingright at 6:31 PM on Jan. 6, 2010
Nader isn't a dumb man, but I still hate him. :)
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:28 PM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by mancosmomma at 7:30 PM on Jan. 6, 2010
More money for community health centers. Immediate help for the uninsured. No more lifetime limits on coverage. Under the health care legislation that's moving through Congress, these and other benefits would take effect quickly and should produce a noticeab impact on consumers, according to many independent analysts and Democrats. "This would be a substantial package that could probably be quite helpful," said John Holahan, the director health policy center at Washington's Urban Institute, a research group. Paul Ginsburg, the president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, called help for Medicare prescription-drug beneficiaries and people with pre-existing medical conditions "highly visible improvements for individuals already highly aware of the shortcomings of the existing system
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:32 PM on Jan. 6, 2010
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