Will the Dems be any less conflicted?
By Jack E. Lohman
Ask any CEO; they have competition both externally and internally. The latter includes ineffective and lazy employees, but there’s another: the insurance industry that leeches off the presence of businesses and the circumstances of the day. They draw cash from your coffers and are as bad as your worst competitor.
As a former CEO I never complained about auto or fire insurances that I needed, but experiencing 17% yearly increases in health insurance premiums when medical costs were only rising at 5%, I didn’t need. Perhaps because I was a health care provider myself and wasn’t seeing any of the 17%. Maybe had they shared their booty I’d have felt differently.
Why did they increase rates as they did? Because they could! And they needed the additional money to offset increased salaries and broker commissions and shareholder profits. And oh, campaign contributions, because the cost of having politicians in your pocket is going up.
Next to the financial industry of today privatized health care is the worst thing that has happened to this country. It can’t even be said that the insurance industry served a need because the need was not legitimate. It is make-work and adds overhead costs, and without it we’d move along just fine. We are the only industrialized country in the world without a universal healthcare system, and we can thank our conflicted politicians for that.
Total industries have left the state and country because of our awkward and costly health care structure. Steel, technology, TV’s, appliances, automobiles, you name it. The Big Three now make more cars in Ontario than Detroit because of Canada’s health care system being more friendly to corporations. And actually, to the people as well. It costs them $800 per employee per year there and $6500 here. We simply can’t compete.
But as long as the campaign cash flows, it is what it is. I thought the Dems would be different but the signs are not good. We are spending more money trying to avoid the correct solution than it would cost just to fix the system up front. We have 15,000 different private and public options when we need just one. And that “one” already exists; it’s called Medicare and it should be expanded to everybody.
Perhaps it will never be fixed until we deny health care to 15% of the politicians and under-insure another 15%, as we are doing with privatized policies.
— I say let Texas secede. Mexico needs the added territory and we can move the fence northward. Besides, their political contributions have not been great.
— Obama is correct in wanting to put the Bush years behind us, even his approval of over-the-top interrogation techniques. They may have served their purpose at the time, but let’s move on. We have major problems to solve without this distraction. The ACLU should hang it up.
— I am not a Bush fan, but on the terrorist issue he was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t.
— Greehouse gases? Cap and trade? Yea, let’s throw the book at them and drive the rest of them out of the country!
— On the pirates I vote for armed guards and electrified barbed wire around the boat. No sense in forcing the guards to shoot at moving targets. They might just wound them, and that’s cruel. 😉