And from Democracy Now:
Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader: A Discussion on Healthcare, Politics and Reform
"I want to see this as a step. It’s not the step that I wanted to take, but a step so that after it passes, we can continue the discussion about comprehensive healthcare reform."Nader:
"But this [bill] is about a for-profit system, something I don’t endorse."
"What we’re seeing here is a legislation that doesn’t even kick in until 2014. ... That means that there will be 180,000 Americans who will die between now and 2014 before any coverage expands, and hundreds of thousands of injuries and illnesses untreated."Kucinich:
"This bill does not provide universal, comprehensive or affordable care to the American people. It shovels hundreds and billions of dollars of taxpayer money into the worst corporations who’ve created this problem: the Aetnas, the CIGNAs, the health insurance companies. And it doesn’t require many contractual accountabilities for people who are denied healthcare in this continuing pay-or-die system that is the disgrace of the Western world."
"For the drug companies, it’s a bonanza."
"Now, Ralph Nader, who is someone who I respect greatly, is right when he says that we need to continue to move forward with a single-payer movement. That’s what I want. That’s been what I’ve worked my politic—almost my entire political life towards."