Where is Kohl and Feingold when we need them?
By Jack E. Lohman
The arrogance of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) must have cost the insurance industry a pretty penny. Representing the industry rather than his constituents, Baucus has been holding Senate hearings on health care without spokesmen from the very popular single-payer movement. Everybody but single-payer supporters were invited!
This is political corruption at its finest. Whether you agree with single-payer or not, this should not be the way you want your elected officials to run our country. Their loyalty should be directed toward the best interest of their constituents, not the special interests that funded their campaigns. They should not be open to bribes.
Our politicians should not be for sale, but in this case Baucus has received over $500,000 from the industry. Other senators are also on the hook for their take of the $46 million given by the insurance companies in 2008.
Isn’t politics great?
So on Cinco de Mayo our trusted politician thumbed his nose at the public, even ignoring the 8 doctors and protesters that were arrested during the proceedings. (See Video of arrests and list of speakers and their testimony.)
Yes, there are ideologues who prefer an everybody-for-themselves approach. Buy your own policy, or don’t. Some even know what diseases they and their families plan to get, and insure only against those. Unexpected diabetes or other childhood diseases are not on their list. But of course, when the chips are down and they are sick and unemployed, they’ll choose the public dole because dying is not on their list either.
Then there are those of us who feel that health care should be paid for like we do for fire and police and armed forces protection. Everybody chip in and hope we never need it.
That’s single payer. You get sick, you get care, and the caregiver gets paid. Medicare-for-all. Over 60% of physicians and 80% of nurses and the majority of the public prefer it, and the country would save over $400 Billion dollars per year if we were to implement it. But that $400 Billion comes out of the wasteful insurance bureaucracy, thus the industry opposition.
The health of the nation is important, but we must also protect the health of our economy. Employer cost for premiums are $6500 here and $800 in Canada. US companies are at a severe competitive disadvantage because we have saddled them with this expense as no other nation has. Rather than bailing out our greedy bankers, we should bail out our other employers instead. See Medicare-for-all is best corporate bailout.
We consumers pay for all these costs anyway, but as it is we are forcing American companies to manufacture their products in other countries. And our politicians just sit and watch. Go figure.
When special interest money must flow to achieve or block legislation, you know the winners are not the public. Good laws do not require payola.
Baucus wants to replicate the Massachusetts plan, but it has failed miserably and costs have gone UP! But the insurance industry loves it, don’cha know!
One thing is for sure; whether we get single-payer or not, Max Baucus must be ousted from office! If he is so openly corrupted by insurance industry dollars, can you imagine how many other issues and special interest giveaways he is involved in behind closed doors? We taxpayers can no longer support this kind of payola.