Sunday, November 08, 2009

The heath care "success"

You know, it's really hard for me to rejoice this morning. Here's why:

Giving a $1.2 trillion gift to the health insurance industry, betraying women's rights, the house gave the white house what it wanted. The question is, will the Democrats wake up with a hangover in 2010, facing a public enraged that the bill has strengthened the very industry that is causing economic pain to families, death to tens of thousands annually and damage to our nation's industries' ability to compete.
This is a betrayal of women-- the vast majority of constituents who elected the Democrats who passed this bill. It is a betrayal of those who expected real change, since it is a weakened public option-- weakened at the behest of the White House.
As Wendell Potter has repeatedly said, this bill is a gift to the insurance companies. The Democrats celebrated last night, but that celebration may be short lived as voters learn how little they got and how much the health insurers gained.

It's from an article published at OpEdNews by Rob Kall.

Single payer, folks. Medicare for all. It's the only effective and fair way. Really.
UPDATE: Here's something Dennis Kucinch said:

It is no wonder that 31 cents of every health care dollar goes to administrative costs, not toward providing care. Even those with insurance are at risk. The single biggest cause of bankruptcies in the U.S. is health insurance policies that do not cover you when you get sick.

You can read his whole statement right here and I recommend that you do so.


  1. Anonymous10:45 AM

    It's a shame that the richest and most powerful nation in the world cannot come together to provide a basic need for its peoples.

    I have reached the conclusion that much of politics has little to do with serving the nation and the people who elected the representatives in the first place, and more to do with serving corporate interests. This was displayed in the bail-out of Wall Street through TARP and now the passing of the health care H.R. 3962 bill.

    We have to educate ourselves and hold our government responsible. I suggest three starting points:

    1. Watch "The Corporation," a Canadian documentary about the nature of corporations and how they influence policy.

    2. Watch "Why We Fight," a documentary on the military-industrial complex.

    3. Finally, read "The Creature from Jekyll Island," a book on the founding of the privately owned Federal Reserve System and the influence of financial institutions on our government policy.

    I am done with the first two, and working on the third. All are surprisingly bi-partisan and will change your perceptions about government and policy. We owe it to ourselves, our Nation, and our children to educate and inform.


  2. Yes, RPS. Interestingly, I'm familiar with the genesis of the Federal Reserve System and when I first learned about it, I found it very troubling.

    I rather doubt (Ha!) that I'll be surprised by anything in the documentaries but I'll certainly take a look.

    It's all very tragic and unnecessary isn't it?

  3. No, we didn't get everything we wanted. It remains to be seen what the Senate will do to the bill... Whatever we wind up with, it can always be modified, can't it????

  4. I hope so, Classof65. I really do hope so.


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