posted on Aug, 8 2009 @ 09:16 AM
Right now the middle class has no other recourse for health care. (If you are poor you have programs and Medicaid; if you are rich you can pay for the
best out of pocket).You need to buy health insurance or you have to assume the huge financial risk if something goes wrong. Your coverage is based
upon how much you are able to pay or how much your employer is willing to invest in. There were once laws in place that defined what kind of coverage
a company was to give to its employees, and when, and how much of a premium that employee would need to invest. However, in the past eight years,
these rules have changed drastically, as well as the guidelines for how an insurance company can pick up or drop someone and how they can change a
person’s policy. And right now people who have faithfully paid into the system are finding themselves having had their coverage whittled away to
nothing, or taken away altogether. This is happening at an alarmingly exponential rate across the country right now, and there is nothing that people
can do about it. The healthcare system in this country is run on a pay to play basis, with the insurance industry pulling its strings.
The insurance game is a multibillion dollar industry that has changed the way healthcare works in America. It is the reason that rates are so high,
that procedures are so expensive that nurses get paid next to nothing. Insurance companies don’t care about how healthy you are or need to be they
only care about their bottom line, and if you die in the process that’s your own problem.
I keep hearing about how the proposed SPHC is terrible because ‘we don’t need a bureaucrat getting between us and our health’ or ‘making our
health care decisions for us’, but that is the definition of a health insurance carrier: A bureaucratic middle man skimming off the top.
So when it comes down to it, single payer health care is not an evil government trap. It’s not enforced socialism (that’s an argument for another
day), or a way to gouge you or control you. It’s a really really good thing for middle-class America: the 97% majority of us who hold less than 2%
of all the country’s wealth and yet pay for everything. The only, and I mean ONLY ones who would not benefit from this are the insurance companies.
They are afraid that they will lose money, that people will switch to the government program and that they will have to drop their rates. (Their rates
won’t rise people, in this situation they will be forced to be fairly competitive – and that’s good for the economy!)
Again, you have to question the motives of any group of people that does not want you to think for yourself. Why is an entire political party against
something that could really benefit its people and solve a lot of problems? Could it be that they are really representing their own interests here?
As for the price tag. I was watching a news report in which a rabid biased reporter was tooling around in a wheelchair, saying the recipient of that
wheelchair on the new government plan would be forced to pay through the nose for it, that their prescriptions would cost a fortune, and that they
would have to wait ages for adequate health care. Then he said that in ten years it would cost the American taxpayers over a trillion dollars. Well,
let’s just do a little math. During the Bush administration, we went from having a multibillion dollar surplus (ala Clinton), to being 4.5 trillion
dollars in debt (and mainly to China) in just under eight years. Almost all of that money, plus the surplus and annual tax money, went to the Iraq
war. A great majority of that money was invested in Blackwater and Haliburton, multibillion dollar corporations that almost every member of Bush’s
cabinet had financial stakes in, and nearly a third of that money is completely unaccounted for. And this country had no problem just letting them do