Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Whether or not you are paying attention to, and engage in, the health care reform debate the outcome will be determined by the most vocal and influential voices in
Take heed, the vested interests of the medical-pharmaceutical-insurance industrial complex are geared up and out in full force.
“The big guns are out and they're firing. All major lobbying firms in Washington - many of them brimming with ex-members of Congress - are now crawling all over the Hill. Lots of money is on the table. The AMA's political action committee has contributed $9.8 million to congressional candidates since 2000, and its lobbying arm is one of the most formidable on the Hill. Meanwhile, Big Insurance and Big Pharma are increasing their firepower. The five largest private insurers and their trade group
Theirs’ is a no-holds barred attack to secure their profits. They straight-out buy politicians, former ones like Dole and Daschle, to lobby the current ones, their former colleagues. They buy air-time and endlessly broadcast self-serving public media, news/propaganda, and advertising campaigns based on distortions and outright lies to propagate fear. They fear-monger with buzzwords like socialized medicine, rationing of care, long waits, and compromised quality of care, as if they cared about any of that, or your health. As if we don’t already have rationing of care, long waits and compromised care. As if the current unfettered corporatocracy/plutocracy is better for the American people than socialized medicine, if it came to that.
President Obama is holding town-hall type meetings on the subject to drum up public support for the public option. He knows that as rich and powerful as the special interests are, in shear numbers, there are more of us than them. And, because we can vote we can speak with a unified voice to force the hands of our corporate-owned politicians. We can have our say, and we can win, but only if we participate en masse.
Everything in life is political, especially politics!
What have you done today to make your voice heard so that your interests are protected, over those of the corporate giants?
This issue is too critical for you to sit by and do nothing. It demands your attention and political action. You must call your Senators, Congressmen and the White House repeatedly to voice your support of a public option. If they are not hearing from YOU, they are most certainly hearing, and feeling the pressure, from special interest lobbyists and major corporate campaign contributors.
Ultimately, the future landscape of health care will be whatever we let happen during this debate.
Political inaction is an action. It is to allow the special interests to prevail.
Act as if your health, and the health of your loved ones, depends on it!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
At the end of the day, our government will have to choose to side with the special interests or with the American people.
There will be no successful middle-ground reform as there is no middle ground. Any attempt at such is nothing but smoke and mirrors that will serve only to delay the reform that President Obama said, “is not a luxury that can be postponed, but a necessity that cannot wait”
The special interests of the health sector are unyielding. Their power is great, and their track record knows nothing of defeat. Historically, for decades, they have successfully staved off any, and all, attempts at reform. They are again prepared to win.
“After three months of 2009, the health sector has reported $127 million in lobbying expenditures. That is on pace to break the record $487 million spent by the sector on lobbying in 2008 and the congressional debate has yet to be fully engaged.”
It is early on and already the battle for reform favors the health sector. The public option is losing ground and substance.
“The public health insurance option was devised to compete with private insurance on cost, efficiency, quality, and making its customers healthier, where now the industry only competes on who can attract patients who are healthiest, or who can deny costly medical claims the best to create the biggest profit. With a new player focused on lower costs, better quality and more transparency, the HMOs will need to either adapt or die.”
The latest watered down plan floating around
Does anyone take this seriously?
What criteria that we don’t already have could possibly pull the trigger? Unaffordable insurance rates? Skyrocketing health care costs? Skyrocketing rates of medical bankruptcies? Skyrocketing rates of uninsured and underinsured Americans? Increasing rates of denial of care or coverage?
Are they saying that things have to get even worse before they get better?