Single-Payer healthcare back on the table…

Problem is, it’s DOA with our current political payola in force!

By Jack E. Lohman

Bless his heart… Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced another single-payer healthcare bill, though he knows (and everybody else knows) that it will go absolutely nowhere.

Why? Because the $125 million in campaign bribes that kept it off the table in 2009 are still in play today. Sanders, as sincere as he is, knows the game but surely must be using this go-nowhere bill to rally support for his re-election.

But wait…

If the Dems running for congress in 2012 get behind it, and cast off the insurance interests and campaign bribes, we could just all emerge as winners. They’d get elected and the taxpayers would be healthcare winners.

The Dems must use this bill as “the issue,” because (a) the voters want it, and (b) it’s the right thing for America! Always has been, always will be, and the politicians that are locked into the insurance industry bribes need to be ousted.

Why?

Because it is absolutely stupid for our economy to be wasting 15-20% of our health care costs on non-productive (but profitable) middlemen. The only useful function of the insurance industry is handling the incoming invoices from hospitals and physicians, and paying the bills. But that all could be handled at 1/3rd the cost by a non-profit entity, and the savings used to extend healthcare to 100% of the public.

And, incidentally, save $400 billion in the process.

But the insurance industry makes big profits on the sickness business, and they are willing to share their booty with our “esteemed” senators and representatives in congress.

I liken the insurance industry’s role with the Pizza company’s hiring a chauffeur for each delivery guy. Not real smart, but if the manager is getting a kickback from the chauffeurs, why not?

Yea, I know what you are thinking…

“Why are our politicians profiting from health care?”

Because they can. And I’d like to only nail Jim Sensenbrenner and Paul Ryan for this, because both Republicans oppose this obvious fix that would have benefited their voting constituents (as opposed to their cash constituents).

But they oppose everything that makes sense, even eliminating the political bribery that trashed our economy and jobs.

However, there is plenty of blame to go around. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) took several million dollars from the healthcare industry and actually hired an industry lobbyist at taxpayer expense to help keep the system broken. He even had doctors from a physician’s group arrested when they protested at the hearing.

Max is a real nice guy, eh?

But tomorrow’s Dems can turn it around…

… if they want to.

4 Responses to Single-Payer healthcare back on the table…

  1. Melody says:

    A friend of mine, a PNHP physician supporting single payer, sent me the following link, which shows just how difficult changing the status quo is. The conclusion shows just how self-serving and intertwined our corporations are. Even though many corporations might agree that single-payer is a good idea, if that see that one industry (medical insurance) can be ‘eliminated,’ they look in the mirror and ponder their own situation(s).

    http://www.southernstudies.org/2009/09/why-no-single-payer-in-america.html

  2. Melody. I think it’s because they have board members that also sit on or are employed by an insurance company.

  3. Hank says:

    Yesterday the governor of Vermont signed the law establishing single payer healthcare in his state, the first in the nation.

    It might catch on when businesses realize single payer is cheaper than private. Remember a business deduction only lets a company reduce its tax bill by a small % of the business expense, not the whole expense.
    Paying 80% of private insurance out of pocket to get a 20% deduction is not real smart.

  4. Correction on VT… a good start but they haven’t figured out how to pay for it yet. But they’ve put the gears in motion. I think we’d be better off with a Sanders national bill.

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