Health care; the rest of the story

Senators Kohl and Feingold still sitting it out!

By Jack E. Lohman

So here’s how the game works: Give $46 million in campaign contributions and congress will roll over.  No explicit threats are needed, it’s an unwritten rule.

Whether you agree with health care reform or not, government corruption is costing you dearly. Most congressmen can be bought, and there’s no fancy packaging that can clean that up.

And while today’s miscreant is Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), seemingly well on the take, other senators (including our Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl) are complicit in their absolute silence. I’m ashamed for them and would have expected more.

In this dire economy you’ve stashed some extra money, but now the insurance industry wants it. They plan to get it through mandated insurance policies foisted upon you by congress. Can you imagine your excitement if congress made it a law that 100% of the population must own your product? Wow. There goes your economy problems.

You want mandated health “care” but our politicians want mandated “insurance” instead. The failed Massachusetts model. You can’t afford insurance, but the politicians can’t afford to shun their contributors. Sorry, you lose.

There will be just one winner in this — the insurance industry– because they are willing to invest cash in politicians all to claim the massive taxpayer dollars at stake. With public funding of campaigns this would not happen.

Do not accept that it would be “disruptive” (Obama’s words) to anything other than the political cash flow. This so-called “disruption,” single payer, is a simple matter of allowing all citizens to sign up to the Medicare system.

In the PBS broadcast by Bill Moyers, Baucus said he left single-payer off the table “because it’s not passable.” That’s absolute hogwash; it is just the opposite. He knows that if he does put it on the table it will pass hands down, and his funders won’t like that a bit. “Why offer an option if you know it will win and you don’t want it to?,” they ask?

This fight is more about a corrupt political system than about health care. It affects every societal law and taxpayer dollar spent. It will also drive the success or failure of our business community. But our nation’s Board of Directors is taking cash bribes from the people that want in taxpayer pockets, and these people are winning. And in this case killing citizens in the process.

Importantly, this is now a “Democrat” issue. They now have total control of the president, House, and soon the senate. They can no longer blame Republican obstructionists. And they inherently know that “good patient care” and “for-profit medicine” are 180 degrees out of phase. Favoring insurers over citizens is going to be very tricky.

A single-payer system, by itself, will eliminate the 31% of insurance bureaucracy waste. It’ll reduce health care expenditures by $400 billion per year. Then, and only then, can we attack overutilization and other inefficiencies.

Tidbits

— Fixing both health care and ethics (campaign finance reform) will give the Dems a virtual lock on the political system for at least 20 years. Are they smart enough to capture the moment?

— This appears to be Baucus’ last hurrah. I expect he’ll be hired by the industry at a fat salary and not run again. But we must now give him every reason to walk. He should be voted out.

— Spend massive advertising dollars and you’ll also keep the media from covering the story. That’s what you call “editorial corruption.” How lucky we are.

— The congressional bills: Fair Elections Now Act (S.752, H.R.1826) and Single Payer, Expanded Medicare For All, (SB703 and HR676)

3 Responses to Health care; the rest of the story

  1. You’re absolutely right.

    Sen. Feingold is consistent but uncharacteristically spineless. He has long supported state by state efforts at universal coverage. He would then use the most successful model for a national plan. Of course, that would take another 20 years wouldn’t it? Kicking the problem down the road. And while the hospitals and insurance industry control access and costs, states will have little control over price controls with any of their plans.

    That would insure the failure of universal health care.

  2. And of course, the states don’t want to deal with it because, they say, it would attract sick people into the state. But it would also attract new companies and keep old companies here and from outsourcing! Duh!!!

    No, the issue is that the payola from the insurance industry has reached the state legislators as well.

  3. Now the insurance industry is dupping the WH. This says something about the limits of business ethics generally. I’ve just posted on it at http://soozah.wordpress.com/2009/10/13/health-care-insurance-industry-promises-in-corporate-public-affairs/

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