Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Unhealthy reform

Talk about sick... It's not surprising that there is a large contingent of Congresslizards trying to sell us out to the insurance industry. But it is disheartening to see them getting so well organized around it.

And of course, they're shocked to learn that the big insurers intend to continue to protect their profit margins by canceling medical coverage for the sick as soon as they develop serious illnesses, and rewarding their private bureaucrats for finding excuses to do so. I'm sure we'll be seeing some sternly worded letters of concern soon.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, Dr. Dean makes the case for the public option.

Goddess bless the few inside the Beltway willing to fight for real reform. If Obama had really been serious about health reform, then Dean surely should have been given Kathleen Sebelius' job.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Our veterans, despite the efforts to sabotage it during the Bush years, continue to get excellent health care - Government health care - which operates at a lower cost and higher efficiency than private health care.

Of course so do our selfless Senators and congressmen and yes, Presidents. To date, and correct me if I'm wrong, none have refused it while refusing it to us.

It's not enough to call it hypocrisy, when so much of it is pure corruption and dishonesty. We continue to hear anecdotes about Canada and England that are not descriptive. We continue not to hear about how these "socialist" countries are healthier and live longer and have much lower infant mortality, and we continue not to hear about how health care costs borne by manufacturers price their products off the market because other countries spread the risk pool around.

We're like old dogs, retired from Doctor Pavlov's laboratory and we still growl without thought when we hear the word Socialism when we should be ripping out the throats of the people keeping us sick and poor and getting rich from it.

2:22:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well said, as always, Fogg.

2:36:00 PM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

I don't get any health care at all from the VA. Only "service-related" conditions, documented while you were in the service, are covered. If you were a good Marine and never went to sick bay, you're screwed. And they means-test Vets, even WWII cripples.

Here in Hawaii, we have only one VA hospital State-wide. We share it with all five services, for whom it is also the only military hospital within 2,000 miles, for active & reserve from all around the Pacific, and their dependents, and retired lifers and some of their dependents, plus all the various wars' Vets that grew up here or wandered out here.

The wait is endless. Triage tends to pick Generals' & Admirals wives & daughters first, etc. I went to Tripler once, never again. They made it plain I wasn't welcome. Now I either get better, or I don't. There's always the civilian ER.

I don't expect to live to see universal single-payer national healthcare. And that's a good thing. After all the hoopla, when the "moderates" come up with nothing this year, we'll have an excellent issue to organize around. No more of this Republican vs. Democrat crap: Corporatist vs. socialist. Pick a side. There ain't no "center." Out with the corporatists, or nothing will ever "change." And that includes Obama in 2012, if he can't deliver.

10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Cosa! I'm sorry I missed this comment yesterday. I hope you're kidding when you say you don't expect to live to see universal health care. I don't have much hope at the moment, but the public sentiment for it is growing. And the pressure on even employer provided plans is going to put a lot of working folks into the position of having to drop coverage in the next year or two I think. Once it starts hitting that demo harder, the momentum will grow to the point where it will politically impossible not to do it.

But I agree, that this round is going to weed out the corporatists. Meaning, it will be made clear even to the rubes, whose side they're on. 2012 will be very interesting. In fact, I think we'll see that incumbent backlash I've been predicting for years start really manifesting in 2010. And yeah that includes Obama, unless he starts showing some sign he's really going to stand up to the corporatists, like he said he would.

10:29:00 AM  

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