Saturday, June 20, 2009

We, of course, are too lazy or timid to march in the streets for anything (most of us, anyway) - updated 2x

So, if "73% of voters want a choice of a private or public health insurance plan,"[1] then next time you hear any congresscritter say "we don't have the votes," kick them where they should have balls. Hard. Repeatedly.

Of course, it is more effective to call, write, fax and e-mail them. But the American People absolutely must reject bullshit when it is fed to them by lying weasels. Got it?

Now the only reason I can think of why they would say they "don't have the votes" is if they are owned by insurance companies, pharmacies, and the AMA. Which, alas, is probably the case. So if you don't feel like kicking your elected representative, which would constitute assault and be against the law and all that, then maybe we should just ask them, point blank: "Are you lying about this because you are owned by insurance companies, pharmacies, and the AMA?"

For that matter, why aren't the lazy-ass media asking this question?

Thank you. We now return to our regularly scheduled ranting.

h/t to buhdydharma

An illustration of the problem: Senator Max Baucus, who seeks to perpetrate gross evil on the American people.
Of course Max Baucus wants healthcare reform, he guaranteed the insurance industry a huge new influx of paying customers. And, he's in the process of delivering. They pay, Max delivers.
--nyceve (who passionately follows healthcare issues)

Why would anyone say such a thing? Well, check out what the Montana Standard reports:
HELENA — As Sen. Max Baucus has taken the lead on health-reform legislation in the U.S. Senate, he's also become a leader in something else: Campaign money received from health- and insurance-industry interests.

In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by Baucus, D-Mont., and his political-action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical-supply firms, health-service companies and other health professionals.

These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.

Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee that is drafting a major health-care reform bill this month, insists this cavalcade of money is not unduly influencing his work.
Paul Begala has some pointed words for the media ignoring the tales that came before Congress of people whose insurance is canceled when they need it. Why does that not get reported? Surely our front pages could accommodate events in Iran AND some of the most serious issues facing us at home. They might try omitting filler to do this. They won't, of course, the irresponsible drengturds.
The story of rescission makes the health care issue personal. It exposes the mission of insurance companies, the "murder by spreadsheet" dedication to profits over people. And until their incentives are changed, until they need to compete on price and quality instead of competing on how to get out of paying for medical care, absolutely no reform can possibly work. But that requires the facts to be delivered by a media simply resistant to them.


Bill Maher's AMA commercial

--the BB


Jane R said...

Time to write one of your eloquent letters to the editor.

Word verification: uppeagoi. Clearly a Greek ending.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

A parody which is valid for most places...