To: Health Insurance Reform Opponents

By Yul

Obama has stumbled into a vortex of insanity while battling the forces of greed in healthcare. To anyone who has, or plans to, act up at town hall meetings, let’s talk about you for a minute…

Since you don’t think anybody needs affordable health insurance, I’m guessing you already have it yourself. And you got it at work. And your employer negotiated with a few insurance companies, without any help from you, to get the best deal. Then it was handed to you.

You had no say in picking your insurer. Oh, sure, you may have been given a couple of choices, but your employer made the choices.

Lots of companies choose HMOs because they’re cheaper, but only if you see doctors in the network. So you don’t really get to choose any doctor without paying through the nose out-of-network.

Since your employer probably subsidizes your premium to keep you from going into sticker shock, you mooch off someone else to avoid paying full price.

If you’re young and healthy, you may not realize this yet, but your insurance doesn’t cover everything. Just wait until you get real sick and your doctor recommends some promising, yet still experimental, treatment that could probably save your life. Your insurer will probably deny the claim — ration your care.

So what’s your beef with Obama trying to help others get decent healthcare through the government without all the games? Unlike you, they’d pay for it entirely themselves, and insurance companies wouldn’t have power over life or death.

You must be a special kind of stupid if you think anybody in Washington is cooking up “Death Panels” or planning to euthanize old people. Those ideas might have floated in the PREVIOUS administration, when life was cheap. Remember? It’s no coincidence that the people spreading these incredible lies worshipped the last administration.

Unless you have dealt directly with an insurance company to buy your own policy, and you pay for it entirely on your own, you have no clue what this debate is all about. You’re a sheep taking marching orders from liars and revealing yourself to be ignorant, selfish, and cruel.

In the end, you won’t win. Evil never does. This fix needs to happen.

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12 Responses to To: Health Insurance Reform Opponents

  1. Scott Burger says:

    I want single payer universal health care, but I am also VERY skeptical of Obama’s plan:

    The will of the American people should not be underestimated. Unfortunately, it is often subverted…

    http://robertreich.blogspot.com/2009/08/white-houses-deal-with-big-pharma.html

    How the White House’s Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy
    I’m a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration. But I’m appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying arm to buy their support.

    Last week, after being reported in the Los Angeles Times, the White House confirmed it has promised Big Pharma that any healthcare legislation will bar the government from using its huge purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. That’s basically the same deal George W. Bush struck in getting the Medicare drug benefit, and it’s proven a bonanza for the drug industry. A continuation will be an even larger bonanza, given all the Boomers who will be enrolling in Medicare over the next decade. And it will be a gold mine if the deal extends to Medicaid, which will be expanded under most versions of the healthcare bills now emerging from Congress, and to any public option that might be included. (We don’t know how far the deal extends beyond Medicare because its details haven’t been made public.)

  2. Adele says:

    Scott, I read the Robert Reich article (I think it originally ran in Salon.com), and like you, I’m pretty appalled at the deal with Big Pharma. I’m also for universal health care, but I keep hearing that France has the best health care system, which is a hybrid of government and private. I haven’t read anything about how the French system works, but it seems to me that runaway profits in any area must be prohibitied, for a system to be successful.

    Kudos, Yul, on your posting. Good of you to keep up on human health care.

  3. catsworking says:

    Scott, we’re right there with you. Obama started out with the right ideas, but then he let Congress start working their magic, and the next thing you know, they’re going to throw everybody under the bus by mandating everyone buy health insurance. Gee, 47 million NEW customers to bilk. And then the deal you mentioned with Big Pharma. Yeah, that’s how we fix the problem. Let’s make it WORSE! And exempt ourselves from having to participate! Brilliant.

    Why? Profit and campaign contributions. Got to keep ’em both flowin’ in, folks!

    The only solution to the problem is universal healthcare, where the money now being squandered on third-party profit gets channeled back into the healthcare system where it will do some good. But then there would be no insurance or pharma lobbyists wining and dining our Congresspeople and giving them big fat donations to maintain the status quo.

    On this one issue alone, Washington is revealing itself to be corrupt beyond words. And I’m talking about BOTH parties. They’re the best argument for anarchy ever.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, we’ve been letting Karen handle the healthcare beat all along, but cats have been paying attention, and I felt it was time to jump in. These demonstrations at town hall meetings are making Americans look like jerks. People in all the countries who have nationalized healthcare must be getting a good laugh at how stupid we are.

  5. Bob says:

    HA HA ….. Ooops did I say that!?!

  6. MorganLF says:

    Whatever the Obama administration proposes will be violently opposed by the radical right wing element of the Republican party. Already Palin is spouting off using this issue to gather a portfolio of quotable quotes (death squads, do you believe that?)

    C’mon they are writhing in agony over their defeat. They rally to their dubious prophets Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh (multiple marriages, histories of drug and alcohol abuse followed by religious fervor)and nothing would please them more than to derail any effort this administration makes.

    I do not have an answer. But this I know we cannot continue the staus quo. Healthcare is a huge issue that every other industrialized nation seems to have conquered.

    These opponents whine about how our health care will devolve, well I dunno seems to me like the French, the British, the Canadians and the Italians are pretty healthy.

    We are Americans we have the technology and the money, what’s so wrong about making the access easier?

  7. catsworking says:

    Morgan, all the people protesting are the ones who already have health insurance that Obama says they can KEEP. What scares the crap out of them is that they know a public option would give the greedy insurers a run for their money, their employer would probably drop their coverage, and they’d have to start paying in full for it for a change.

    For anybody who’s already been doing that, there’s nothing Obama can come up with that could possibly be MORE expensive and less effective.

    And don’t get me started on the seniors on Medicare protesting reform. Like they don’t already have a government-run, single-payer system. Talk about senile!

    The Republicans are just proving beyond a shadow of a doubt, as if the last 8 years didn’t, that the dictionary needs a new word for “stupid.”

  8. Scott says:

    I am retired early and pay for my own heath insurance. Yes its expensive but I don’t expect anyone else to help me pay for it, least of all the taxpayers! I can’t believe anyone would think that government involvement will actually lower your health care costs. Name anything the government has lowered the cost of.

    I’m from the government and I’m here to save you money!

  9. Judy says:

    We need health care reform. Why does an MRI cost $98.00 in Japan and somwhere in the $1800.00 to $2200.00 in the U.S.? Our medicare supplement has gone from $2,900,00 to $3,450.00 in one year and my husband and I only saw a doctor one time each and the supplement paid a total of $97.00 to offset Medicare.
    It is outrageous to have to pay these kinds of premiums. I do not expect free health care, only fair health care. This bill must be passed and contain a Public Option. Isn’t this part of the reason we voted for President Obama?

  10. catsworking says:

    Scott, funny you should say “Name anything the government has lowered the cost of,” because we just heard those exact words out of Rush LimpPaw’s mouth today.

    You are fortunate to be able to throw big bucks at some insurance company and not miss them, but plenty of other people would rather see their premiums go toward actual medical care, and not into insurance CEOs’ pockets or toward the salaries of insurance bureaucrats who get bonuses for denying claims.

    What’s needed to reform healthcare is removal of the profit motive, and a single-payer, universal system would do that.

    The government may not be perfect, but the insurance companies’ behavior is beyond indefensible. The very least we can hope for is for Congress to regulate the crap out of the insurance industry, but that’s unlikely to happen since the lobbyists pour so much money into bribing Congress — money that should be going toward healthcare.

    After all you’ve so willingly invested in health insurance, let’s hope you never get sick and your insurer denies your claims or cancels your coverage.

  11. catsworking says:

    Judy, we’re with you. Too much money going to insurance company profit, not enough going to healthcare. Unfortunately, it looks like Obama is caving on the public option. What we’d really like to see is for him and the Democrats to ram it down the Republicans’ throats. After the past 8 years, they have it coming.

    If neocons are so totally against government intrusion, then they should all drop Medicare and Social Security and take care of themselves. The savings there would probably pay for universal healthcare.

  12. MorganLF says:

    Obama is a politician compromise is the game. He courted the AMA and big pharmaceuticals because they defeated all other recent attempts at reform and it appears for now they are on board.

    A single payer system is the answer but how do you explain the dope on Medicare screaming keep the government out of my health care? What does he think Medicare is?

    Scott, you are lucky most of us can’t afford those premiums. After a lifetime of working and paying my taxes (that go to paying the benefits of teachers, cops, and other civil servants in perpetuity)why should I be bankrupted by medical bills? Why should I deny myself care or medication?

    I live in the most advanced society on earth, shouldn’t some basics like health care be assumed?

    Health care for everyone, like Ted Kennedy said should be a “fundamental right right not a privilege”.

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