Winnie and Duck have decided to explain the reasons behind President Obama’s Health Care Reform Act so even a FOX News viewer can understand what issues are at stake. Here’s the long and the short of it: You and your employer turn-over exorbitant amounts of money to ‘for-profit’ health insurance companies. They in-turn give you as little as possible in-return for those payments while laughing themselves all the way to the bank. Some estimates report that as much as 65 cents on the dollar goes into the pockets of investors plus administrative costs while the policy holder cowers in fear of their next rate increase. FOX News viewers bought into the propaganda-line about ‘socialized’ medicine being some kind of Communist plot, but then again those folks are easily led. They’re the same people who can’t differentiate between health insurance, health care providers and the pharmaceutical industry — hopefully they’ll sort it out for themselves someday…
Medicare is ‘socialized’ medicine. Just try and take that away from grandma, and she’ll bite you with her dentures ’til she draws blood. Don’t mess with seniors they might not have their own teeth, but you can stick the cat to the ceiling with Poligrip… No matter what bull-pucky you hear, Medicare works and seniors are not going to let go of it. The money the insured are paying to keep the rich ‘RICH’ is money being kept OUT of circulation and out of the average citizen’s pocket. In other words, money that is not stimulating other aspects of the economy. By the way, don’t think for a minute that your insurance company is committed to making you and your family any healthier, physically OR financially. The health insurance companies would cut you loose in a heartbeat — literally — for an extra nickle.
It boils down to what you’d prefer to support… Socialites living on stock dividends? Or Socialized medicine?
Socialized medicine, as a point of fact is working quite well to the benefit of most other industrialized nations — except the United States, who refuse to implement it while bowing to the will of corporate lobbyists. Other nations look down on America’s ‘for-profit’ health care system as nothing short of barbaric, heathen and immoral — not to mention ineffective. America needs to be striving-for Medicare from ‘cradle to grave.’ Health care needs to be viewed as a ‘right’ – not as an unaffordable luxury. Hopefully health care reform will survive the trials and tribulations of the lower and Supreme Court challenges. The next step would be an amendment including a ‘Public Option.’ Then, and only then will FOR-profit insurance companies be forced to compete by lowering premiums. That puts buckets of money back into the economy which would otherwise be siphoned-off, making rich people richer while they sit on their financial ASSetts.
The system we currently have - (bearing in mind Obama’s complete health care plan doesn’t take effect until 2014) – is simply this: People want to live, and live in good health. So entrepreneurial, profit-motivated insurance companies who answer only to their shareholders, blackmail every single American citizen using fear as a weapon — driving-up exorbitant premium payments — and the entire country tolerates it because people naturally want to live, and live in good health. The first thing fiscal conservatives then ask is who would pay for this ‘cradle to grave’ coverage? Every citizen during their prime working years. That’s how it functions in other nations. Then regular citizens would get coverage very similar to what members of Congress and their families already enjoy. Everyone gets health care as children. Everyone gets health care as adults. Everyone gets health care as seniors. Anyone who is disabled gets health care. Stockbrokers get nothing by way of financial gain. They pay into the system just like everyone else.
The current Obama plan is far from perfect, but look at the tooth-pulling process the President had to go-through just to get as far along as he did… Sadly, health care reform is being challenged in the courts — backed by special interest groups — with the single-minded goal of taking away hard-won gains from American citizens. Health care gains taxpayers will grow to value once they have them… Some reforms are already in place, thanks to Obama:
Things like not being denied insurance when you have preexisting conditions. Which is worth more? A person’s health or shareholder dividends?
Which is worth more? Not being dropped by your health insurance company because you or a family member have developed a life-threatening disease or disorder? Or shareholder dividends?
Which is of greater value? The health care needs of you and your family or maintaining the lifestyle of the upper one percentile?
Under the Obama bill, young people just starting-out in life can remain on their parent’s health insurance policies up to age 26 instead of being cut loose at age 18. Which better propels the future of the next generation? Assuring them good health while getting a foothold on life? Or more shareholder profits?
What the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party have failed to accomplish is the messaging aspect of health care reform, and how essential it is to our economic recovery. Think of the shareholder in terms of ‘parasites’ – remove the profit incentivised-middlemen (a.k.a. parasites) and both the citizens and the economy stand a fighting chance for a healthy recovery. Who cares if the Dom Perignon ‘set’ have to forgo building a wing on the beach house or postponing another shopping trip to the South of France? What’s more important? The health and welfare of American families? Or making an obscene profit for health insurance stockholders? Stockholders who’re doing nothing more than making money off of money at the cost of your well-being — playing off your fears and not giving a moment’s thought to every individual’s natural desire to live their life in good health.
Note to the Right Wing Christian ‘Moral Majority': This is another one of those dilemma moments you dread: “What would Christ do?”
Statistics below from ‘The Healing of America’ by T.R. Reid:
HEALTH EXPENDITURE AS A PERCENTAGE OF the Gross Domestic Product:
USA – 15.3%
Switzerland – 11.6%
France – 11.1%
Germany – 10.7%
Canada – 9.8%
Sweden – 9.1%
UK – 8.3%
Japan – 8.0%
Mexico – 6.4%
Taiwan – 6.2%