Our privileged politicians

Are our elected representatives better than those who elected them?

The answer seems to be an obvious one. Yes, they must be! At least they think they’re privileged.

Why else would our political leaders force the rest of us to contribute our hard earned dollars to pay for their health insurance/care, while we are forced to go without health insurance, or forced to purchase it on our own with whatever money we have left after paying for the health insurance/care of our political leaders.

And why is that so? Is it the constitution that grants our political leaders privileged status? I sure couldn’t find it in there.

So then why should the rest of us have to go without health insurance, foregoing needed care, or even face bankruptcy trying to pay for the care we do receive, while our political leaders face none of those same concerns?

And why is it our political leaders only talk about cutting health care/insurance [and social security] for the rest of us, while excluding themselves from the same cuts.

It’s high time the rest of us stood up and demanded we get the same treatment our leaders get, and everyone whose salaries we pay.

I believe it was the Declaration of Independence which declared

all men are created equal

A supposed fix for our health care crisis

Martin Feldstein wrote an editorial today in the Washington Post, about how to fix the health care system.

Essentially he is proposing that the health insurance benefit that people receive should be taxed, as if that’s never been proposed before. The implication being, since people have health insurance that is completely paid for, they have “no skin in the game” and go to the doctor all the time, even when not necessary, [much like deciding to go out to dinner] driving up costs.

I’m here to say that is not the problem. People go to the doctor when they’re sick, not out of any sense that it is free. He glosses over the fact that Europe doesn’t have those problems, despite health care being provided at zero cost, by saying patients there are denied certain tests that we have become accustomed to. Well, that may be the case, but who is to say those tests are needed.

All comparisons between health care outcomes in the US and Europe (with the exception of cost), show the US to be far down the list.

Martin Feldstein just sounds like another shill for the health insurance industry.

And long as we continue with our current fee-for-service health care system, where doctors get paid for performing services, whether needed or not, and a for-profit health insurance industry which drains approximately 20% of all health care dollars out of the health care system, nothing will change.

Costs will continue to rise, and people will continue to die because they can’t get the care they need.

Eventually though it will all come to an end, when no one can afford to purchase health insurance, and the system implodes.

The only question is how much pain and suffering are Americans willing to endure before we reach that conclusion, and make the necessary changes?

Why are some Americans so stupid?

I have been told by many people I’ve talked to, mostly those opposed to health care reform, that providing universal health care in this country will cost too much. Yet on the other hand, they go on to state we already have universal health care in the US, because anyone can go to a hospital emergency room and get care.

So if it is true we already have universal health care, why is there so much discussion about how much the proposals, before congress, will cost? Who’s paying for it now? And why will it cost more if we enact some legislation?

Then there is the statement “the US has the finest health care in the world”. Oh yeah? But when I ask anyone what criteria they’ve based that statement on, they are at a loss for words. With the exception of cost, they can’t produce any statistics, e.g. quality and number of trained doctors and other health care professionals, the number of hospital beds per capita, lower infection and death rates in hospitals, or even life expectancy (which in most cases indicate quite the contrary), showing how the US leads the world. They can’t even point to statistics on waiting times compared to other countries. They just accept it on faith without any statistics to back that statement up.

Then there is the constant rhetoric about a government take over of health care, and how they don’t want a government bureaucrat coming between doctor patient decisions. Yet they have no problem with a for-profit health insurance bureaucrat, whose compensation and even job security depends on them coming between doctor patient decisions, and denying doctor recommended courses of action when it suits them.

So why is it those in favor of health care reform aren’t as zealous pointing out the truth about the US health care system, as those opposed to health care reform are in spreading lies, and distorting the truth about the US health care system?

Down for the count

And I thought the Republicans were the biggest health insurance industry whores around. Well they’ve got nothing on Max Baucus and the other democrats who helped draft this plan.

This is great news for the insurance companies. Your insurance premiums are going to skyrocket, especially if you’re an elderly American not eligible for Medicare.

According to the plan insurance companies will be able to charge up to 5 TIMES as much as an average policy based on your age. With an average policy for an individual running about $500/month, that would add up to $30,000 per year.

Don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself. Page 2.

And the so called inability to discriminate because of the preexisting condition, well it’s there, but the insurance companies will just be able to price those people out of the market as well.

Not only will they be able to charge 5 TIMES the going rate, but they will only have to provide a minimal credible coverage policy which will have a 6K max out of pocket. (Pages 17 and 18 of the plan.) That would come to $35,000 per year for an individual, and $70,000 for a family.

How many people do you think can afford $30,000 per year? Now the insurance industry will be able to get rid of their highest risk customers legally.

This is great news for the health insurance industry, and it’s time to celebrate. I’m investing all my spare cash in United Healthgroup and Aetna insurance..

The defeat of Obamacare

It looks like we are on the verge of defeating Obamacare, and it couldn’t come any time too soon.

Preventing the possible government take over of health care, and such ingrained institutions as Medicare and the Veterans Administration, is what we have been fighting for these last several months.

But we can’t stop now! The democrats, inspired by the death of Ted Kennedy, are trying to strike back with new lies and distortions which could spell the death knell for the private for-profit health insurance industry, which has help create the finest health care system in the free world.

We know the truth. We know that socialist health care systems around the world, ration care to all those over 60 years old, have excessively long waiting times (in many cases more than a year for cancer treatments), have fewer hospital beds and health care professionals, and don’t have the advanced medical diagnostic equipment available in the US which can only be provided when markets are allowed to remain free, and out of government control.

Don’t be misled by the lies and distortions that will be presented by those trying to shape a Socialist and Fascist agenda. Continue to stand steadfast in your opposition, and we will prevail.

NOTE: This has been a paid advertisement by the Private Health Insurance Alliance (PHIA)

We just don’t have the money, or do we?

Don’t you find it ironic, when our elected representatives say “we just don’t have the money to provide universal health care to everyone in this country”, they don’t have any trouble finding enough tax dollars to pay for their own health care, and the health care of millions of government employees.

Don’t you find it ironic, when our elected representatives say “we just don’t have the money to provide universal health care to everyone in this country”, they can manage to find 100’s of billions of tax dollars to fund two wars [Iraq and Afghanistan], and provide those citizens with health care.

And don’t you find it ironic, when our elected representatives say “we just don’t have the money to extend unemployment benefits any longer”, they don’t have any trouble finding plenty of tax dollars to fund salary increases for themselves, and for millions of government employees.

It just seems ironic when it’s of benefit to our elected representatives, or their friends, they don’t have any trouble finding the money, but if they won’t derive any benefit, all of a sudden, there just isn’t enough money.

The making of a 3rd world country

You see it all the time in third world countries. Doctors from around the world coming together, giving up their own time, providing health, dental and eye care to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to any care at all.

What you don’t expect is to see the same thing occuring in the US, especially in a big metropolitan city, but that is exactly what occurred in Los Angeles this month. Thousands of people jamming the Forum to receive needed medical treatments, they could not otherwise obtain, due to obstacles set up under our current health care system to exclude them.

Now I admit I am a dyed in the wool, bleeding heart liberal, but that shouldn’t make any difference. With all it’s wealth, the United States is still singular among developed nations, in its unwillingness to provide even for the most basic necessities of life to all its citizens?

It speaks volumes to what the US really stands for, and is the perfect example of the moral depravity, selfishness, and the complete lack of compassion and respect displayed by so many of our political leaders, as well as many others in this country, to the less fortunate.

It’s an utter disgrace, when supposedly the richest and most powerful nation in the world forsakes its most vulnerable citizens, and starts looking and acting like a third world country.

Is that the kind of country that deserves respect around the world? Are those the kind of values this country was founded upon?

I don’t think so, and it’s definitely not the kind of values I was taught when I was growing up!