Originally posted by FredT
In 2004 alone Dems recieved $80,793,866 or 72% of the total money that they gave. Kerry's position is based not on better care and lower costs, but
on supporting a major campaign contributor. 9Kerry recieved a total of $19,586,944 for his presidential run from lawyers)
We're really going to need to see a link or two to support that claim. Is $80 million a typo? Is $19.5 million one of those paper trail errors?
breaks down 2004 contributions to candidates:
Lawyers and Lobbyists
It seems lawyers then work both sides of the coin. Were you aware big business hires them too? While I understand the need for Bush speaking points to
demonize lawmakers that actually bother to attain law degrees as not the advocates of little people but themselves... all the while pretending big
business doesn't employ them in much higher ratios for defense of their malpractice profits, it's simply not a fair assessment of Kerry/Edwards
dedication to consumers to say it's loyalty to "lawyers" not people. But the 3 to 1 contributions from healthcare sure point to Bush loyalties, and
it's not you or I.
Why the Bush spin to cast healthcare practioners as somehow suffering? Why would it take a limit on their accountability and insurance premiums
(assuming Malpractice Insurance companies would even pass along profits to Doctors) for them to trickle down savings to consumers?
If they truly want to help out the people I found a place to start! Stop bleeding the consumer. And it doesn't require limiting healthcare
accountability, since despite what Bush would have us believe "It's not the lawyers stupid!
" (directed at Bush):
Drug Costs are the Major Driving Force Behind Increased Health Care Costs.
The cost of the 10 most popular prescription drugs has gone up and average 8.7 % over the last year alone. Prescription drugs now account for 23
percent of American's out-of-pocket costs. [AdvancePCS, 8/25/03, www.advancepcsrx.com; New York Times, 1/9/04]
They can handle a little economizing:
The Drug Industry is the Most Profitable Industry In United States.
According to the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, "[T]he pharmaceutical industry has been the most profitable industry in the United States for
each of the past 10 years. In 2001, it was 5-1/2 times more profitable than the average of all other Fortune 500 companies." [Minnesota Attorney
General's Office, Follow the Money, 9/30/03, www.ag.state.mn.us]
Look at the result (aka where your tax refund and more went
Household Spending on Health Care Expenses Now Eats Up One-Fifth of Income.
Urban Institute Analyst Eugene Steuerle has estimated that households will spend on average $15,000 on health care costs in 2004, including $8,000 in
taxes to cover government programs and tax subsidies. Health care costs now account for nearly 20 percent of household personal income. [Urban
Institute, Tax Analysts, 9/29/03, www.urban.org]
And how it happened:
Bush Does Nothing While Health Care Costs Spiral.
Health Care Spending Has Accelerated Every Year of Bush's Presidency. Data recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services shows
that health care spending was up 9.3 percent in 2002, following an 8.5 percent increase in 2001. Under Bush's watch, medical spending has risen from
13.3 percent of GDP in 2000 to 14.9 percent in 2002. [Bestwire, 1/13/04; New York Times, 1/9/04]
But four years later
while running against evil "lawyers" Bush suddenly has a new plan other than the $400 billion grab bag award to the
pharmaceutical industry funded by his Medicare deforms. The new and improved
Bush plan to decrease healthcare costs to consumers is to
increase healthcare profits MORE
by decreasing accountability and limiting consumer recourse. I not only object, I'm disgusted.
The Kerry/Edwards plan specifically addresses and immediately answers the problem. Re-importation. DIRECT tax breaks to the consumers. And the best
thing is nobody dies from the huge pass on accountability Bush seeks for his campaign contributors.
[edit on 4-9-2004 by RANT]