At current rates, 540,000 Americans will die over the next 12 years simply because they can't afford insurance.
As forcefully noted by Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, a Harvard University Professor involved in the latest study, even the so-called "public option" would not come close to resolving the crisis in American health care. Single-payer (Medicare for All) is the only solution.
Ernest A. Canning, Brad Blog
Every member of Congress who fails to vote for single-payer [Medicare for All] will be responsible for the deaths of at least 1000 Americans over the coming 12 years. Already, each obstructionist member of Congress will have murdered at least seven Americans by the end of this month [of September]. Each errant lawmaker's body count includes only his victims who died lacking health insurance.
A much greater number of Americans die monthly the victims of insurance company fraud. The for-profit firms refuse to honor the legitimate claims of clients who paid their premiums in good faith expecting their health costs would be covered when the need arose. This has resulted in foreclosures and bankruptcies throughout the country. It is a major cause of the present economic woes. Soon, Harvard will publish the number of individuals who died because their insurance company failed to cover a life-saving procedure.
Unquestionably, this is consumer fraud and murder. In a society truly under the rule of law, murderers do not enjoy golden parachutes fashioned from fraud. Clearly, this lamentable situation extends throughout the economy to cripple it.
Reform is impossible when the foxes run unchecked in the henhouse.
Pundits Often Forget Who Owns the Country
bailing out A.I.G., the Obama crew could have erased the debt of every State in
the Union. Instead of disgraceful haggling
with the health insurance industry, Obama should have nationalized it and
instituted single payer as the standard. Industry salaried personnel should sit
in prison for murder.
China adjusted income distribution by shooting 8 million landlords. Venezuela shifted oil industry profits to the poor.
China prospers today because she controls her banks. America suffers recession controlled by the banks.
The once-proud US military uses USAID funds to bribe the Taliban to allow safe passage for our convoys.
Banks and corporations rule by the Divine Right of Kings. Civil servants such as Obama exist at the King's pleasure. The serfs may make noise. If they become bothersome, Blackwater will emerge to police the area.
I wish it wasn't so, but it is.
A possible cure for our ills exists.
The Florida authorities identified Ted Bundy as a serial killer from his tooth marks made on several victims. Cleverer than Bundy, the governmental and corporate pirates hide their butchery behind legions of corrupt accountants, lawyers and economists. We have an ancient truism. It is impossible for a man in an off-the-rack suit to imprison a man dressed in a custom-tailored model.
The pirates feed us mountains of misinformation buried in reams of paperwork. They cook the books five times over to present a bewildering maze to prosecutors. Bureaucrats never die; corporations have eternal life. They simply outlast the competition.
Operations research presents an opportunity to investigators. Computer access to the real books allows econometric modeling techniques. Researchers can simulate the firm's everyday activities transaction by transaction [the tooth marks if you will]. The model will define normal activities for the firm with statistical benchmarks. It's akin to evaluating a lie detector test. The criminality, e.g. fraud, forgery, murder figuratively leaps off the data page as an exception from the predicted normality.
Of course, an econometric model won't prove a case in court, but it can pinpoint areas deserving of special investigation. It is a great time-saver especially for small and underfunded law enforcement agencies.
Sibel Edmonds has constructed a fine group of potential whistle blowers from disgruntled retirees from Federal Agencies. A human rights group could assemble a useful staff from retired economists and operations research analysts.