Friday, September 21, 2007

We Have Seen the Enemy — And Surrendered

If you're interested in health care for everybody, go read Barbara Ehrenreich:

Bow your heads and raise the white flags. After facing down the Third Reich, the Japanese Empire, the U.S.S.R., Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein, the United States has met an enemy it dares not confront – the American private health insurance industry.

...the Republican idea of actually feeding the private insurers by making it mandatory to buy their product. Will I be arrested if I resist paying $10,000 a year for a private policy laden with killer co-pays and deductibles?

Note: The private health insurance industry is not big because it relentlessly seeks out new customers. Unlike any other industry, this one grows by rejecting customers. No matter how shabby you look, Cartier, Lexus, or Nordstrom’s will happily take your money. Not Aetna. If you have a prior conviction – excuse me, a pre-existing condition – it doesn’t want your business. Private health insurance is only for people who aren’t likely to ever get sick. In fact, why call it “insurance,” which normally embodies the notion of risk-sharing? This is extortion.

And what about the two to three million insurance industry employees whose sole job it is to turn down claims? Well, I have a plan for them: It’s called unemployment. What country in its right mind would pay millions of people to deny other people health care?

Well, pretty much alone in the industrialized so-called civilized nations, THIS ONE. Not in its right mind at all, just greedy capitalists.

The time of robber baron health care for obscene profit is past. The 'insurance' companies know it and are fighting tooth and nail to preserve their own money spinning scam, but the writing is on the wall. They are like dinosaurs except that these dinosaurs are fighting the meteorite that will make them extinct with shitpots full of cash to legislators.

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