By Jack E. Lohman
“If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers’ monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform. Real reform would insert competition into insurance markets, force insurers to cut unnecessary administrative expenses and spend health-care dollars caring for people. Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these.” By Howard Dean
Get this: “Improving access” comes at a dear price to those who get it and don’t want it or can’t afford it. The congressional plans will mandate that every US citizen buy medical insurance, much like mandated car insurance, whether they can afford it or not.
That’s called “mandated access,” not improving access. And frankly, everybody had this kind of “access” before, if they had the cash to pay for it. Now they will be forced to.
So if you’ve been using your money to instead put food on the table, get used to the change. The insurance industry wants some of it, and your favorite congressman is willing to give it to them, because he gets a share of the profits in the campaign contributions he receives from the industry.
That’s why they much prefer this thing called privatization; Medicare can’t give political cash but the privates can. And the longer they can keep the industry in the loop, the longer they can milk it going forward. So this is not an issue of old cash; they’ve received and spent that already. It’s about new and continued cash. Once they’ve finally switched to a single-payer system that cash stops.
And as Dean points out, “the legislation allows insurance companies to charge older Americans up to three times as much as younger Americans, pricing them out of coverage they are forced to buy.”
That improves access? And while they’ll be prohibited from denying pre-existing diseases, they’ll not be limited to what they can charge for such premiums. How’s that for an industry giveaway?
This bill will eclipse even Bush’s 2003 Medicare D, $780 billion giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry. And Pharma’s promise to Obama to give back $80 billion??? You can see their sincerity in the recent drug price increases and the fact that the “Senate last night voted down an amendment that would have allowed Americans to buy FDA-approved prescription drugs from overseas, where prices are usually much lower.”
So much for “presidential deals.”
This is “legal” organized crime.
Can it really be called anything else? I’ve searched for better words, but none can describe our political system more accurately.
This is absolutely amazing. Our “esteemed” politicians are in the pockets of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and get a piece of their mighty profits. Is it any wonder that they refuse to fix the healthcare system? Or any system, for that matter?
And we the voters live with it!!!
Obama’s willingness to roll over to the insurance industry, all to get a “win” under his belt, just may kill his presidency. His only possible savior will be the Teabaggers who promise to split the Republicans and conservatives.
I did not vote for Obama, but when he was elected I had hope. But I’ve lost even that now.