October 23, 2009

Oh... one other thing

On the 20th, I posted this about comments made by Tom Schieffer on health care reform. I realized this morning that I left out one additional comment regarding his remarks...

Schieffer was asked where he stood on the public option. Supporters argue that private insurance companies will not lower premiums unless and until there is a government-run alternative. Schieffer said he does not believe the public option is the be all and end all of health care reform.

Really? Well then, Tom, absent strongly enforced regulation, how would you guarantee competition in an industry which is known for concentration? In the health insurance industry, where some insurers control up to 75% of the market in a state, the only certain way to make sure that consumers stop getting screwed is a public option insurer. It will force the private insurers to either become more efficient or go out of a business. Either way, they stop killing people.

This is what galls me... in a vacuum, the electorate doesn't realize that Republicans are doing nothing but defend the insurance companies. We've done a really poor job of messaging on health care reform and it's only recently started to turn. The polling, despite jacked Democratic messaging and weak as hell bluedogs, is actually very good for a public option. Most people, even in Texas, see it as important to very important. Yet here's one of our candidates for Governor talking about it like it's just not a big deal.

Guess what, Tom? IT IS. Why the hell wouldn't you drop these useless companies in the grease??! From a messaging standpoint, they are the perfect punching bag... wasteful, greedy and guilty. They've done nothing but fuck over shareholders AND customers, something I always thought would be exceedingly difficult. The only people health insurance companies help are their own worthless management teams. And Tom Schieffer is out carrying their water.

You can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit. And the longer Tom Schieffer's campaign goes on, the more that becomes abundantly clear.

Posted by mcblogger at October 23, 2009 10:58 AM

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I am not voting for any candidate, for any race in a Democratic primary, unless they support a public health care option. However, because of an inherent mean streak, I may vote in the Republican primary for Medina for Guv to help put 39% and KBH in run-off to suck down their millions of dollars of special interest campaign contributions.

Posted by: McIndependant [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 24, 2009 07:40 AM

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