reply to post by antideceit
The lobbyists for the Insurance Industry and Pharmaceutical Industry have already taken advantage of the pending legislation to increase fees and
prices and raise their revenues by an estimated 14% to date through pricing structures being pre-negotiated with Congress and already being
implemented on the supply side.
Perhaps the easiest thing in the world for Obama to have done was to craft a comprehensive health bill of his own, well except for the fact that he
lacks the legislative and logistical skills to do it. Yet had he produced a single solitary bill that actually delivered something along the lines
that the people had been led to believe they could expect, it would have been relatively easy, early on in his Administration to present it and get
the Democratic Party Controlled house and senate to vote on it and pass it.
Instead all he did was give congress an open invitation to send out an open call to the Insurance Companies and Pharmaceutical Companies to come into
the process and promote the ideas that would pad their bottom lines and profits and enjoin the Congress in a massive lobbying effort where presumably
a competition between different bills would yield not the best legislation for the people but for the Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industries.
It has in fact been a classic example of how corporations and lobbyists bog down and control the political process and how they bring their wants to
the forefront essentially edging out and cutting off the people from representation in the process.
That whole process of lobbying by corporations for sweetheart deals, fixed prices and contracts has nothing to do with partisanship, most big
corporations donate heavily to both sides of the political aisle, and they purchase favor and a voice regardless of party.
The Health Care Bill(s) were all in fact written in a way and a manner to frighten people and have the people ultimately not only fight to keep the
existing system but to create an opportunity for the existing system to become even more profitable and favorable for the Insurance and Drug Companies
in the process.
On a side note as a member who read and started posting to this thread at its inception I can say unequivocally that it wasn’t authored to promote
one side or the other of the political divide and wasn’t really about partisan politics. It was much more rather about the effect lobbying and
lobbyists have on the functionality of government for the people and the lobbyist’s own concerns confided in Skeptic Overlord that partisanship in
Washington had risen to a new level that the lobbyists themselves had to adjust to and work around in their own efforts to get Congress to pass
favorable legislation for them.
Healthcare reform when attempted by Hilary Clinton in the first Clinton Administration turned out to be an embarrassing disaster, yielded no results,
and ended the notion that a First Lady could and should take on a legislative role in government.
Obama certainly had to be aware through that relatively recent example that seizing on a healthcare imitative early on in his administration would not
only bog it down in similar controversy and sully its prestige and produce no tangible results other than bogging down his administration and
diminishing his prestige.
So if he knew those would be the likely results going into it, and he had to know they would be the likely results going in to it, you then have to
ask the question why would he attempt it. The answer is as Skeptic Overlord wisely suggests, to distract the people from other more important issues
like the economy, corporate bailouts and the wars.
In the end there will be no comprehensive health care bill and the Insurance Companies and the Drug Companies will be that much more entrenched and
profitable in the current system that the majority of people have been more or less tricked into embracing the increasing higher costs and decreased
services of out of fear of a worse system imposed by the government.
Its all just manipulation by the corporations on a grand scale.