Saturday, December 19, 2009

common decency. That is what is missing in the health care debate

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
-Amos Bronson Alcott; Teacher, Writer and Philosopher

Howard Dean is still rocking the Democrats health care boat. He has pointed out that the health care bill is flawed and punishes older people especially if they have a pre-existing condition. They can be charged up to 300% more than younger healthier people. This virtually shuts them out of health care as it will come down to food or insurance. A public option would have made the difference. The fact that the bill has "protectionist legislation" for the health insurance companies makes it a bad bill.
What it all comes down to is common decency. That is what is missing in the health care debate. The Republican's mean spiritedness is obvious as is the attitude of the Tea Baggers. To want to deny millions of fellow Americans the opportunity for health care at a reasonable price and not to want to improve the quality of life of those Americans is shameful. To support the interests of the health insurance companies who funded the whole Tea Bagger movement and bought off half of the government to protect their interests is clearly a disgrace.
It is sad that so many Americans were brainwashed with the collusion of Fox, made up white man, News into acting against their own self interest. What they don't understand is that they will be the ones that will be eventually victimized by those health insurance companies.
The health insurance companies have no shame or conscience when it come to health care. When it comes to health care all Americans should be covered and no one should be denied. Every life is precious and to deny people when they are in need, for the sake of profit, is criminal and immoral.
Health care should be part of a social contract with society and maybe we don't need a health insurance industry that only cares about the billions in profit made on the backs of the sick and needy. Maybe it is time to eliminate the profit motive. Total nationalized health care. The cry would be socialized medicine, which is bull shit, in truth it would be human decency. You could still have a private plan if you want it but in fact everyone would be covered and it would be totally democratic. Everyone would be covered and everyone would pay a fair rate. But who am I kidding, it's a pipe dream. Our government has been bought and paid for by big business, they own it lock stock and barrel.
Dr. Howard Dean has stated the facts and called like it is. He is not running for office, he is wealthy and has no worries so he can tell the truth. The truth that the Democrats, the Republicans, the lying despicable Fox News, Tea Bagger hypocrites and the health insurance companies don't want you to know. That truth is that we have the most inefficient and the most expensive health care system in the world and it ranks behind almost every country in the western world. As pointed out in my November 21st post "Statistics from the CIA World Fact Book lists the United States at 50th for life expectancy, behind such countries as Japan, Canada, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Spain, Norway, Germany pretty much all of Europe. We also rank 44th on infant mortality behind such countries as Cuba, the European Union, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Canada, U.K., New Zealand, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, South Korea, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden and more.
The Commonwealth Fund in a survey of health care costs by country found that "while American health care is the most expensive it constantly underperforms", when compared to other countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the U.K."

Embarrassing but true, it is time for a real change but is there the will?

They debate and fiddle about health care but they don't care about Americans who die, go bankrupt or are denied health care coverage.

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