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Myth: Achieving universal health care coverage in the United States is possible only by implementing a government-run, single-payer system
Fact: Nations with national health care systems, including Switzerland and the Netherlands, have achieved universal health care coverage using private health care plans.
Now it's called the Military-Industrial-Congress Complex, as weapons manufacturers have assembled sub-contractors in every state, e.g. the F-22 has a thousand of them in 42 states. On any war or bombing issue most establishment Republicans and Democrats are in favor (witness the Republican Senate Committee Chairmen who supported bombing Serbia) while it was Freshman/Sophomore Republicans in Congress and old Liberals and minority Democrats who were opposed.
Washington's establishment -- journalists, think tanks, military, Congressmen, security bureaucracies nearly all thrive on war and conflict overseas--think of hundreds of thousands of dollars expenses and weeks in the best Italian hotels for a CIA group to kidnap one Arab. Pro-war Think Tank intellectuals, subsidized by the Complex, are a new, major force for promoting wars. Their trained, practiced, credentialed spokesmen and lifetimes as Washington insiders give authority and academic gravitas to War Party objectives. When Bush first came in, before 9/11, they made aggressive tones towards Russia, then conflict with China was strongly promoted, now it's the Muslims, but any war will do.
Earmarks, 15,000 of them in the '06 defense budget, have become a major new source of funding for the War Party. New billions of dollars are sent, without hearings, unquestioned because they are for "defense," to most Congressional districts, in return for which come support and donations to campaigns to insure incumbent re-election. And now also the new system of private contractors has created a whole new constituency for more wars. In Poland the new plan for anti-missiles is not some grand strategy, it's purpose is just another way to send billions more money to the defense companies. If it then aggravates Russia to react it can then trigger more military spending.
And why, when new weapons are so incredibly accurate, do we still need so many planes and ships, bombs and missiles? It's the profits in making them.
Originally posted by KeeperOfGenisis
reply to post by mopusvindictus
If you have Private Health Insurance then surely you'll be more then happy it's just the people who recieve free health care that'll get the shabby treatment
I'm afraid that US health care reform is scam. It will force everybody to pay, but quality of service will not be guarantied. I'm not expert - it is just my feeling.
Of course, when I originally wrote Pigs, I didn't know that in just six years America would find itself in the midst of a slew of fresh corporate outrages that would lead to a worldwide economic meltdown. But I can't say that I was surprised. The reason is simple: the system that allowed the scandals at Enron, Tyco, Global Crossing, et al. was never really reformed.
Yes, there were window-dressing changes, and Band-Aid legislation. But the guiding philosophy -- that the free market would regulate itself, and that Wall Street always knew best -- remained in place. Indeed, it was given a much freer rein.
So it's been déjà vu all over again. With one big difference that makes this current crisis so painful: the scale of it all. In 2003, the corporate crooks were largely playing with shareholders' money. The new batch of Pigs is playing with taxpayer money -- trillions of it. And if we don't reform the system, given the exponential worsening of things between 2003 and now, the next financial collapse will surely be more than we can withstand.