Politics for sale - Government for the corporations

(I first published this on June 11, 2009. It is still relevant today! More relevant to me, since my one year in said for profit system was the worst year of my life healthwise. I am still opposed to the politicians and the political structure that thinks it's okay to ruin my life so they can protect bottom line profits! For a few months during the presidential primary, I thought there was hope for change.)  

Because of the way our political system is designed, the main focus on health care reform is NOT how to reduce costs and insure everyone. The main focus is how to keep the FOR PROFIT system so investors can continue to steal money intended to pay for care! The reason for high prices is to sustain profits! This scam is promoted under the mantra of NO NEW TAXES, making the voting public believe that they will pay more for a single payer system than they would for a FOR PROFIT system, when in fact they would pay less in taxes than they do in monthly premiums! 

It is common knowledge that if the universal health care system in any of the other industrialized nations were removed for a FOR PROFIT system, the government of that country might be overthrown! If universal health care is so bad, why are the people of those countries ready to stage a revolution if it were removed? (Note: sad to say this may be one thing that is no longer be true in 2016.)

Our government is about to pass legislation that will require every citizen to purchase insurance from companies that make a profit from the sale of that insurance. That is clearly in the interest of the corporation, not the people! It makes it very clear who our elected officials really represent!

We are sheep, dumbed down by advertising and 24 hour news networks owned by corporations that consider news entertainment for profit. They don’t report the news, they create it! 

Jeff Rense: "It's been demonstrated that well within two minutes of watching television, most people enter a hypnotic alpha state bordering on theta. Viewers in this state are no longer able to critically evaluate, discern, or pass judgement from their own moral database on the material being viewed. The information just flows, unimpeded, into their subconscious year in and year out." 

According to Fortune Magazine’s Fortune 500, in 2006 the top 12 for profit Health Insurance/Managed Care companies made 10.3 billion dollars in profits! My question: “How much care, how many lives can be saved, how much reduction in premiums can 10.3 billion dollars buy?

One of the arguments against single payer is that we must protect the employer based health insurance system. What about small business people who can’t afford the high inflated premiums? It’s breaking the backs of small business people. So let’s tell the truth. It’s not to protect the employer based system, it’s to protect the insurance company profits at the expense of small business. Where does the money really go? That’s the question we need to ask during all of this debate.

There's another thing that has always baffled me about the logic of the political far right. They are perfectly willing to allow their taxes to be used to kill other people in war, they scream about the sanctity of the unborn child, but seem to go ballistic at the thought that the government might use it's power and financial resources to actually HELP people in need.

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 11, 2016 at 6:30am

We will have a medicare-for-all program; it was Mrs Clinton, in fact, in '08, whose health care proposal was closest to single-payer than Mr Obama's.

Comment by Robert Starkey on June 11, 2016 at 6:35am

Thanks Jonathan.

Comment by Robert Starkey on June 11, 2016 at 7:02am
Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 11, 2016 at 7:11am

Thanks. Still...I've little doubt but that as president she'll move us there bc it makes the greatest economic sense.

Comment by nerd cred on June 11, 2016 at 7:18am

I don't understand this:

Our government is about to pass legislation that will require every citizen to purchase insurance from companies that make a profit from the sale of that insurance. That is clearly in the interest of the corporation, not the people! It makes it very clear who our elected officials really represent!

Do you mean this as the only alternative to single payer? If that's the case, in Minnesota all HMOs are by law non-profit and it's how most people get their medical insurance. I can't say how efficient they are. 

I do wonder about the effect on the economy at large of eliminating a big portion of the insurance industry. That sort of thing effects people, too. And Krugman is usually right IME, though I'm not familiar with his reasoning on this.

Comment by Robert Starkey on June 11, 2016 at 7:36am

The HMO that kept me on a cheaper ineffective drug instead of a more expensive effective drug was listed as "not for profit." They are known for their creative way of taking profits anyway. There is no real negative effect on the economy at large by switching to single payer. It would still be a big employer. People would simply do different things being paid by a different employer.  

Comment by Robert Starkey on June 11, 2016 at 3:46pm
Comment by Robert Starkey on June 11, 2016 at 5:16pm

DVT. They finally gave me Heparin for the last month. 

Comment by Robert Starkey on June 11, 2016 at 5:18pm
Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 15, 2016 at 6:56pm

Robert, I created an account on Open Salon, so I could comment on a post about ACA, which for me came too little too late.  I owe $232,000 in medical bills I can't pay.  Not something I'm particular proud of, but it is what it is:  "...The main focus is how to keep the FOR PROFIT system so investors can continue to steal money intended to pay for care!"

It's not just the investors who are looking for predatory profits, it also the executives and sales force as well as the medical equipment manufacturers. Canada takes care of business by limiting costs, for instance there are more MRI scanners in Southern California than in the whole country of Canada.  I could go on for another thousand words, but the most successful Medical insurance with the highest degree of customer satisfaction and the lowest overhead costs is Medicare.

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