We can’t afford to NOT fix this system!
By Jack E. Lohman
January will bring two major priorities: fixing our corrupt political system and our unsound health care system. The wealthy will get its bailout, but then we must care for the sick and our society.
Companies are shipping jobs out of the country to avoid health care costs. Over 50% of personal bankruptcies are caused by high health care costs, and even more by the loss of jobs. Over 18,000 Americans die every year because they lack health care, and mothers are having strokes because they give a higher priority to putting food on the table than buying their blood pressure medicine.
Isn’t it time that we fix this system? We worry about bailing out the wealthy bankers for their stupidity and greed, but we ignore those who have little control over their health.
There is but one cause for all of this: the little guy doesn’t give campaign contributions but the bankers and insurers do. Thus the laws are written to benefit those who bribe politicians with cash dollars, rather than for the best interest of the public. Follow every poor political decision and you’ll find cash bribes at the other end and a politician with his hand out.
This political corruption must be stopped by our next government.
Think about this:
- Roughly 31% of our health care costs benefit the insurance bureaucracy, an industry that adds absolutely nothing to health care for the patient. This is total waste! But insurers give campaign cash to politicians and patients do not, so those who pay get to play.
- For the same 16% of GDP that we are spending today on health care for 85% of our people, we could be providing first class health care through a Medicare-for-all system to 100% of Americans. It would not cost us a penny more to do it right, but the problem again is that the average American doesn’t give campaign cash and the insurance industry does.
- The same people who called for free-market banking then, are calling for free-market health care now. Do they never learn? Should we let healthcare go the direction of banking? Should we allow it to be run by CEOs whose salaries are dependent on profits? If 100% of our people were honest, we wouldn’t need laws or regulations! But they aren’t.
- We’d pay for a Medicare-for-all system through taxes rather than wages, which would make American manufacturers more competitive and fewer jobs would be outsourced to other countries (which in most cases already have universal health care.)
The solution is unequivocal. Our politicians must say NO to the insurance industry cash and YES to the American people. And they must say NO to political corruption and the fat cats that fund their elections, and YES to honesty. Only public funding of campaigns would have prevented the credit and health care crises we face today.
Oh, let me correct that: Honest politicians that took bribes from them but nonetheless voted in the best interest of the country would have worked too. 🙂
For the record, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute continues to claim that Healthy Wisconsin would cost “taxpayers” $15.2 billion. WPRI should know better. It will cost “employers” $15.2 billion but will save those same employers $17 billion in insurance premiums, yeilding a $1.8 billion savings! That’s probably not the message their funders wanted to send, but it is what it is. The insurers will lose the $1.8 billion that the employers save.
However, you’ll have to read about it here because my corrections keep getting deleted from the WPRI blog. If their funders do not demand accuracy, or in fact prefer skewed information, it makes me wonder if WPRI is simply a money-making machine, generating reports that are not necessarily accurate but are helpful to their paying clients. There must be a better way to make a living.
I’ll be happy to print their response here …