August 10, 2009

Health care reform : An update fit for a toilet!

I thought it might be time to give you folks a little update on the ongoing efforts of President Obama and some good people in Congress (mostly Democrats) to reform our health care system so that it serves us all a whole lot better. Now, you probably know I disagree with the President and the pro-reform members of Congress on the path they are taking toward a 'public option.

Yeah, I think we should nationalize all health insurance companies. Because they're wasteful, inefficient and only exist because of their lobbyists.

Still, I know they're as likely to pass nationalization as I am to put down this drink and swear off gin forever. So, let's just jump right in and see what's happening:

  • As it turns out, people are fucking stupid when it comes to this issue. Many older Americans who really LIKE the fact that they don't have to deal with private insurers seem to think that Medicare is (no shit) NOT A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.
  • You know all those bullshit teabaggers who've been all over the place harassing electeds about health care reform? Turns out, it's insurance industry and Republican party astroturfing.
  • Speaking of health insurance companies again, exactly WHY ARE THE REPUBLICANS SO EAGER TO SAVE THEM?!?!?! And why are so many idiots being turned out to this rallies to defend horribly wasteful companies?
  • On the subject of things fit for a toilet, let's take a look at what's really driving all this astroturf mobs (via the DNC)

    1. These disruptions are being funded and organized by out-of-district special-interest groups and insurance companies who fear that health insurance reform could help Americans, but hurt their bottom line. A group run by the same folks who made the "Swiftboat" ads against John Kerry is compiling a list of congressional events in August to disrupt. An insurance company coalition has stationed employees in 30 states to track where local lawmakers hold town-hall meetings.
  • No, I'm not entirely satisfied with what is possible. Some Democrats and just about ALL Republicans seem hellbent on preserving a broken and ineffective system of private insurers that are some of the most inefficiently run companies in the world. Health insurers in the US, from an investment standpoint, make the old Soviet state-run companies look like models of efficiency and customer service. The ONLY reason these companies exist is because of government. There is no rational reason for them.

    And if you're invested in them, you're in an idiot. Seriously, learn to read an operating income statement.

    Posted by mcblogger at August 10, 2009 10:51 AM

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