Have we done this to ourselves, due to our complacency of citizens running our government?
"Government, a necessary evil of a society": Thomas Payne (author of Common Sense)
"Government can become so big, a huge influence upon its people to become tyrannical. The best option is to give the government to We the People"". Consensus of delegates 1787 Constitutional Convention.
Personal bankruptcies in the U.S., 60% are directly due to medical bills. (See, The American Journal of Medicine). The same report indicates, out of those bankruptcies due to medical bills, 75% have health insurance. Are we, as a society, protecting infants? The answer is clearly NO!
Would you believe Americans are overcharged $10 Billion each year? As of 2009, this figure is true and worse in 2011. Audits of medical billing reveals in 2009 that 90% contain gross overcharges. During the worst of the American Recession, health insurance companies increased their profits by 56% in 2009. The years between 2000 and 2006 U.S. worker wages grew only 3.8% while Health Care Premiums increased 87%. The five largest for-profit Health Insurance companies, employ top executives who received almost $200 million in compensation in 2009. The same for-profit Health Insurance companies have a combined profit of $12.2 Billion. More than two-dozen (24) pharmaceutical companies made over $1 Billion in profits in 2008 alone. Americans spend about twice as much in Health Insurance than other developed countries while receiving less quality and more drugs.
People are dying! Infants are dying! Where are our priorities? Yes, jobs, economy, housing, war, poison dust effects upon our military and those in Afghanistan/Iraq, environment, Corporate Personhood are all important topics. Compare them to us, as a society, not only allowing but encouraging dying infants!
Clearly, fourth President, and author of our Constitution, James Madison, and second President, and Founding Father, John Adams, were correct. Corporations are not people, rather the property of individuals and like all corporations must be regulated.
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." -- President James Madison"There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it by...corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses." ---James Madison 1817