… but only after everything else fails.”
By Jack E. Lohman
That’s Winston Churchill, talking about our politicians. And at the time he didn’t even know about the $46 million they received from the insurance industry and $60 million from Big Pharma and the hospitals. Oh yea; they’ll do the right thing alright.
Funny how that works. The industry got their profits from patients and business premiums, shared them with the politicians to work against those same patients and businesses to put even more profits in the industry’s pocket. And today we get word that “insurance premiums” are increasing by 9% even with a stagnant economy.
Bingo! That’s capitalism at work.
Well, with a little bit of political bribery thrown in.
The people are mad, businesses are mad, but the politicians aren’t. They love the arrangement, this pocketing a share of patient dollars. That’s why politicians always prefer “private industry” over “public services.” One can give campaign cash; the other can’t.
Question #1: Will 40 million people lose their current health care “insurance” if single payer is adopted, as the naysayers claim?
If we do it right, indeed they would and they should. But they’ll keep their same doctor and hospital and keep their same health care!!! And if that’s not good enough, you or your employer can supplement it to add all the frills you want!
Oh, they didn’t tell you that?
In some cases single-payer will even improve care. We’ll go to the same caregivers as before, but they will send their invoice to the single-payer administrator instead. That, without adding all of the costs needed to support our current inefficient, middleman system, or having the insurance CEO cutting care to increase profits. That won’t happen anymore.
Question #2: Will taxes go up?
Again, if we do it right, taxes will go up for some, progressively, with the rich paying more than the middle class and the poor paying little or nothing. But whatever we pay we’ll get back through lower product costs, a drastically improved economy, dollars being spent on society rather than waste, fewer companies going belly-up, and jobs staying in the U.S. versus being exported to countries with universal health care already.
One thing you can count on … is that if single-payer were really, really bad, the insurance industry would not have to spend $46 million bribing politicians to block it! And of course, with public funding of campaigns the politicians wouldn’t have to take the bribes in the first place, they’d just do the right thing.
— Importantly, we’d pay for health care with taxes instead of with inefficient commerce. You know, instead of the massive profits needed by the insurance industry to offset high CEO salaries and bonuses, high shareholder profits, marketing and actuarial costs, broker commissions, and even the lobbying and campaign contributions that the insurers then pass on to the patient via their employer premiums. Those costs won’t be included.
— By paying in taxes we can provide 100% of our population with first-class Cheney-care for the same amount of dollars we are spending today to cover just 85% of the population. A business leader will understand this immediately. We are now funding health care on the backs of corporations, who incidentally add these costs to the price of the product and we reimburse them at the cash register. But worse, we load them down and they can’t spend these dollars on American employees and we make them uncompetitive with foreign competitors. That’s a terrible deal for corporations.
— Except for the insurance companies, who now stand to reap a windfall profit if insurance mandates go though and the government requires everbody to buy their product. This is political corruption beyond belief.