A coalition of US progressive groups unveiled Monday a 82-million-dollar campaign to boost President Barack Obama’s plans to overhaul the ailing healthcare system.

Campaign for America’s Future has galvanized some 1,000 organizations with a total of 30 million members through Health Care for America Now. link

Yeah, I’m sure it’s not going to cost the taxpayers much. I hear we’re getting a tax cut.

Americans want it all when it comes to health care – brilliant doctors, cutting-edge treatments, easy access to care and insurance coverage that pays all the bills.

Those in the business of health care want it all, too: big profit margins, hefty salaries paid to those at the top and happy shareholders.

The truth is Americans might not be able to have it all when it comes to health care – not without major changes. Not in the long run. Not without jeopardizing the federal budget and the health of the nation’s economy. This country is on track to spend $2.5 trillion on health care this year and $5.2 trillion by 2020, which would consume 21 percent of the country’s economic resources.

That expense is simply unaffordable for individual Americans, employers offering insurance coverage and taxpayers footing the bill for government coverage.

n December 2008, the Congressional Budget Office released an evaluation of 115 health-care proposals to determine potential cost and savings of each. For example, imposing excise taxes on soda and increasing taxes on alcohol could generate more than $100 billion over 10 years – with perhaps the added health benefit of discouraging people from over-indulging.

But that’s a relative pittance when annual costs are measured in trillions. This country can’t nickel and dime its way to a steady source of revenue to fund health care. Significant tax changes must be considered.

A May 20 report from the Senate Finance Committee offered lawmakers some options for changing the tax code to help finance reform.

On the table are changes to health-related tax breaks that result in nearly $200 billion in uncollected revenue by the government each year. These tax breaks account for more than 17 percent of all federal tax breaks, “larger than capital gains and dividend tax breaks, retirement security and housing, among others,” according to the report. link

So, we will have a privately owned health industry under the control of, and ran by, the government … you know, like the financial industry and the car companies.

That my friends, is pure fascism!!

A totalitarian philosophy of government that glorifies the state and nation and assigns to the state control over every aspect of national life. The name was first used by the party started by Benito Mussolini

The economic system inaugurated by the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini in Italy. Although the Italian system was based upon unlimited government control of economic life, it still preserved the framework of capitalism, along with legislation to set up guilds, or associations, of employees and employers to administer various sectors of the national economy. These were represented in the national council of corporations. The corporations were generally weighted by the state in favor of the wealthy classes.

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

Yep, we call them czars, labor unions and “special interest groups”.

You ever noticed how it can be difficult to see changes when they occur slowly, say over 200 years or so…