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  •  Buyout the bastards (10+ / 0-)

    Buy out their interests is the equivalent of buying out their resistance to change.  

    If you own stock in a healthcare company, medicare for all will lower the value of your holding to zero.  Thus for the healthcare industry, the political battle over reform is existencial and they'll pull out all stops and mount the maximum resistence possible, as they always have (and in the past they've always succeeded).  

    The key then, is to buy them off.

    I'm serious.

    (Consider: The cost of buying the freedom of all the slaves in the civil war was a fraction of the war. Iraq's GNP in 2002 was $52 Billion.  We could have bought the country outright, with a few well placed bribes with amnesty for a fraction of what we spend their in six months).

    I'm for merging all the health insurance firms into one monopoly and regulating that monopoly - use the model of the telephone system circa 1979.

    If we merge, monopolize and regularitize, we get single payer, universal service, (what we Dems want) from a private provided (what Repugs want).  

    After acheiving that, the government can nationalize, partially nationalize, turn it into a non-profit or not-for-profit, or government corp using any of the following models: U.S. post office, Social Security Administration, Medicare, Veterans Administration.

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