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Employer or private based insurance? Here's proof you can only rely on Medicare for All.

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Employer or private based insurance's consistency is at best unreliable. Here's proof of why Medicare for All is the only practical solution to dependable and reliable healthcare.

As I am going through my emails I came across a "breaking news" email blast from the Houston Chronicle -- I subscribe to many newspapers and I think if we are able to we should subscribe to as many as we can to ensure their survival. The title of the story is ominous enough, "Cigna to end contract with Memorial Hermann; 178,000 customers affected" but should not be surprising. Our healthcare system makes us a useful commodity for wealth generation for the few. But packed in the short article are several discernable realities that are not all that obvious but it is all packed in the first five paragraphs.

As I explain in detail in the video,

  • When the titans of business are negotiating healthcare contracts, it is no different than cable companies negotiating the prices they are willing to pay for or sell access to HBO, Comedy Channel and the like. The difference is while living without HBO or Comedy Channel is just an inconvenience to our entertainment desires, living at the behest of these healthcare thugs can be fatal as they fight for how best to redistribute your hard-earned dollars among themselves.
  • Those in the article who will be left temporarily hanging or those with private employer healthcare. Stability is with those where Cigna administers a government program, Medicare Advantage. Reliability in healthcare is with we-the-people where our healthcare is not brokered like a commodity.
  • Cigna's behavior is not a one-off. In fact, in order to satisfy shareholder's need to beat the inflation rate and for executives to get their undeserved bonuses, they must raise the price you will pay for health insurance and other medical services. This is not due to inflation but for greed and redistribution upward.

The economic term "whatever the market will bear" is an evil term relative to your healthcare. Unfortunately, that is modus operandi of our health industrial complex (pharmaceuticals, hospitals, health insurance, and everything in between).

It is imperative that we counter the false narrative about our healthcare system. We must all step out of our comfort zone and engage in reality-based thinking instead of allowing the passive indoctrination well-designed by a plutocracy that is extracting the disposable income of most Americans. Medicare for all is the most practical mathematically provable solution to our healthcare crisis.

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Egberto WilliesEgberto Willies is a political activist, author, political blogger, radio show host, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. Visit his podcast here. Egberto is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His favorite phrase is "political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship". He believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many (more...)
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