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Health Insurance Reform May Be a Bridge too Far

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The USA is a matter of world concern. Reckless borrowing, criminal financial manipulations and preemptive wars have spread the recession far and wide. Many groups profit from this descent among which are medical insurance and big pharma. If they continue, they will command 51% of the US economy in the next five years. Already, they take 30 cents from each premium dollar for advertising, administration and profit. They are the reason Americans pay twice as much for health care than other citizens of the industrialized world. Since the 2008 election cycle, the losers have mounted immense campaigns aimed to disrupt and to discredit the election winning administration. While offering no constructive solutions themselves, the losers attack every proposal that might lead to economic recovery. If they succeed in bringing Obama down, they could well bring down the USA with him.

Ironically, Rep. Jason Altmire [D-PA] of Sewickley/Ambridge supports H.R. 676 [single payer]. He is aware of the facts. John McCain garnered 55% of white votes, but he lost. The Republican Party has voluntarily shrunk its base to the radical fringe. They depend on a series of outrageous lies and distortions propagated by radio talk show hosts, FOX and CNN. Tolerated by main stream media and encouraged by the obstructions of Senators already in their pocket, the losers have made gains appealing to our worst instincts. They monger fear. With these tools they have held sway for three generations. Intimately, they know which buttons to push. Will they succeed in once again duping the public on the virtues of private health insurance? Perhaps. It wouldn't be the first time hatred has triumphed over common sense in the USA.

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Fear, Denial and Politeness

My high school classmates were all born in 1941. In the fall we will have our 50th re-union. A couple of months ago, I joined them on Facebook a little late. As I am the only one to live overseas [Israel], my health insurance plan became a topic. I pay ten dollars per month for full coverage. Citing the low premium, they projected their fears on me. They stated I would be dropped after my first major illness. After I had told them I had five major surgeries, they were skeptical saying I was lucky. I agreed neglecting to mention that Israelis will stoop to euthanizing patients such as I [aged, infirm and not working]. When town hall riots became common, I suggested to my mates to dump private insurance and to adopt H.R. 676 single payer. Politely, they told me that I had lost touch with America and didn't understand the country anymore.

Since they pay $12,000 for yearly coverage inferior to mine that costs me $120 per year, I guess they are right. Who can understand such people?

Death Panels

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The real flap began when Sarah Palin began with the death panels for her Downs Syndrome child and her aging parents. My former classmates became too fearful to speak about it. Polls circulated around Facebook very one-sided.

I voted 'No, it's fine' in the poll! What's your opinion?

I voted in the Death Panel Poll along with over 14,789 other people.

Are you afraid of Obama's health care plan?
- Yes, I don't want death panels
- Yes, the government will waste money
- No, it's fine
- I don't kn ow

The votes split evenly three ways. One-third believes Obama will put old folks to death. Thirty percent fear that Obama's program will waste money. The remaining third is fine with the program.

I commented on the poll. "There are no death panels, which are a Republican lie to confuse and to frighten old people who have never read the bills under consideration. The bills under consideration only pay a client's personal physician to consult with his patient about... making a living will, which has been in practice for the past 20 years.
The rest of it is pure fabrication paid for by the medical insurance industry, written by advertising hacks at the Hoover think tank and spouted by Palin, Gingrich and FOX.
They have 30% of your insurance premium to play with because they do not pay medical bills with the 30%.
In short, the Republicans are operating a criminal confidence scam. Since death panels do not exist, this poll is part of a criminal fraud against all Americans.

One of my classmates commented. "Who said anything about death panels? Denial of treatment and test can in some cases be a death penalty. And I have sat and watched on TV 2 different Obama people talk about health care is for the young. Elderly will have to learn to live with their conditions and teens should get care before seniors. Those are not quotes but that is what was on Facebook. Facebook is supposed to be a way to communicate with many people in a quick and easy way. You have made it a political forum for your own personal political and other views. Every time someone makes a remark about something you jump in with your rhetoric. People are just saying how they feel. They don't need a lecture. When you referenced an article I was taking time to read some of them. I will continue to read things I find of interest. But will no longer read or interact to other things. That's what delete is for."

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5 hours ago

"For 40 years every American president has deprecated the powers of government to improve the public weal. Why now should Americans believe that any government-backed 'health reform' will do them any good, as opposed to assigning them the appropriate lifespan, relative to their income and contributions to the corporate bottom line, which is what the present system amounts to." Alexander Cockburn, FirstPost.co.uk

 

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Born a month before Pearl Harbor, I attended world events from an early age. My first words included Mussolini, Patton, Sahara and Patton. At age three I was a regular listener to Lowell Thomas. My mom was an industrial nurse a member of the (more...)
 

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