I can’t imagine any of the three gentlewomen giving a good goddamn what I think, but unless the final bill is a whole lot better than the House version I expect to be urging my Senators and my Representative to oppose the health care reform bill, and the President to veto it.
It is of course possible that the more conservative Senate will remove the abortion restrictions and turn the public option into something with at least a shred of meaning. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
As I understand the House bill, the Democratic leadership traded away the public option in all but name, and allowed the abortion restrictions to be tacked on, in exchange for ten votes. In other words, gut the only relevant item and destroy something else on your way out, and you can demonstrate leadership. Thanks, Madame Speaker, heckuva job.
Since this bill’s public option will cost more than private insurance, it will do nothing to drive down costs; but the federal legal mandate to buy insurance will have been issued. What will this be? A windfall for the insurance companies, who are the source of the original problem.
Clearly, the insurance companies are the problem, not the solution. They are driving up the cost of health care. Because their massive bureaucracy avoids paying bills so effectively, they force hospitals and doctors to hire their own bureaucracy to fight the insurance companies to avoid getting stuck with an unfair share of the bills. The result is that since 1970, the number of physicians has increased by less than 200% while the number of administrators has increased by 3000%. It is no wonder that 31 cents of every health care dollar goes to administrative costs, not toward providing care. Even those with insurance are at risk. The single biggest cause of bankruptcies in the U.S. is health insurance policies that do not cover you when you get sick.
But instead of working toward the elimination of for-profit insurance, H.R. 3962 would put the government in the role of accelerating the privatization of health care. In H.R. 3962, the government is requiring at least 21 million Americans to buy private health insurance from the very industry that causes costs to be so high, which will result in at least $70 billion in new annual revenue, much of which is coming from taxpayers. This inevitably will lead to even more costs, more subsidies, and higher profits for insurance companies — a bailout under a blue cross.
The Democrats have once again proven where their allegiances lie. Everyone has to believe in something, and they believe they want to be re-elected. Where’s the money for the next campaign coming from? The corporations any reasonable government would rein in. So they sell us out. Again. At least the Republicans are honest about trying screw us.
“Personally and politically, Pelosi won big on health care”, says the McClatchy headline. Nuff said.
I think I’ll pull out Bulworth, at least I’ll laugh until the ending.