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Insurance Reform Is A Joke!

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If the intention of creating a 'public option' in the Health Security Act of 2009 was to provide competition for the insurance industry, then Congress has already failed. The CBO numbers have come out, and apparently they estimate that only 2% of Americans under 65 would benefit from the current PO plan being forwarded by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. However, I believe those numbers reflect a greatly weakened 'public option' that no longer represents the original intention described by Democrat politicians and liberal political pundits.

What good will this bill do if the government fines people for not having coverage while simultaneously subsidizing insurance companies, and then doesn't provide any possible competition for an irretrievably corrupt industry until 2013. This is a joke! Of course, I could buy shares of stock in the companies like Wellpoint and UnitedHealth Group, then I can make a profit off of millions off poor sick souls too! The punchline is that the House bill REALLY does not completely take effect till 2019. Ha, that is funny!!!

Maybe Speaker Pelosi and the others in Democrat leadership, who have been pleading that they deeply feel the pain and suffering of the American People, don't realize that the bill does not fully cover all Americans for ten years. They must have been too lost in their crocodile tears to have noticed. The insurance industry has won, and the people are going to keep on suffering despite the media spin that something historic has been accomplished.

Ah, I see on opensecrets.org that Pelosi has taken well over a million dollars from the health, insurance, and pharmaceutical industry during her career. Is it possible that this joke could have two punchlines? Don't tell me that other US Representatives, who have had similar relationships with the industry, want us to believe they can reform? My goodness, how many punchlines does this joke have? I cannot take much more of this; every new statistic I find seems to knock the 'wind out of me', as if I have been collectively punched in the gut by every joker that stands to profit off the so called 'reform' Congress is now contemplating within the security of their sacred marble halls.

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The funny part is that the REAL problems are not even getting discussed. Even if, in theory, all Americans have insurance coverage, there is still a shortage of doctors which adversely affects the supply to demand ratio. If we don't solve the root problems first, insurance reform will do no more good than a thin band-aid on a gushing wound. Besides, insurance companies do NOT provide health care, ever! We need to spend our tax dollars on programs that would actually help people, not stand between them and their ability to see a primary care physician. We need to pay for free college and free med school for students wanting to become doctors. This would ultimately increase the number of doctors, and leave those new to the profession with little or no debt from student loans. Those doctors could then work in free clinics across the nation for a year or two at a living wage. In this manner we could more affordably build a truly not-for-profit system that would ensure every single person could readily have access medical care. That would be no joke!

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Activist politician who lives in Springfield Missouri. Co-Chair of the Progressive Party of Missouri, delegate to Green Party of the United States.

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