Public Option: Tedicare for All! – Updated

I saw Phoenix Woman’s blog post, Public Option: Tedicare for All, and knew I wanted to create a compelling image to go with the idea.

So, now that we’ve established that what Max Baucus and his insurance-industry buddies want is not what Teddy Kennedy wanted, the question is: What did Teddy Want?

We’ve already established that, too: Single-payer, or “Medicare for all”. But since he couldn’t get that, he compromised by backing the inclusion of a strong public option in whatever legislation came before Congress.  HR 3200 has it. So does the Senate HELP Committee bill. But nothing that Big Bucks Baucus backs has a public option of any sort, much less a strong one.

Baucus is trying to fool us all into thinking he and Kennedy never disagreed on anything health-care-related, when in fact Kennedy and Baucus sparred openly this year over the inclusion of a public option in health care reform legislation.

As both David “Kagro X” Waldman and Jane Hamsher point out,  naming a bad bill after Teddy is an insult to his memory.   It’s better to name the key thing he wanted, the one thing that was non-negotiable to him, after him:  The public option.

So, here is my image, which is free for folks to use and share with others who believe in a public option CHOICE in health care reform.

Please share me with others

Please share me with others

Please spread the word and this fun image, which I believe so fits the loving nature of Senator Kennedy.

August 28 Update
You can also get some cool items with this image at our Cafe Press store. All profits from their sale will be donated to Firedoglake’s campaign for the public option.

To check out our Tedicare items, just click here.

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8 thoughts on “Public Option: Tedicare for All! – Updated

  1. I simply adore the concept of Tedicare. I don’t agree with the other folks that want to see it as TeddyCare. He really wanted medicare for all so Tedicare is perfect as it is so close orthographically. Honestly, I wish that it would become a new word, as a permanent homage to Senator Kennedy.

  2. Wow , very nice. It might be good to get a few dozen of those made, they could be used to raise money for the grassroots efforts. I would put up 25 or 50 dollars for a chance to win one. Given the cause, i would probably be willing to shell out about 200.00 to buy one

  3. They actually have a bear that can be sold, but it is pretty icky. I already have an account at cafepress. I’d be willing to donate all monies that come from it. I will have to see about getting the image on some tees and mugs.

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