Mixed Emotions on Obama’s Healthcare Speech

By Karen

“I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. … Not this time. Not now.”

Obama said many things right, but tip-toed around the sacred cow in health reform: insurance company profits. He vowed to cut “waste” elsewhere, but the hundreds of billions we squander each year on insurance industry profit is the biggest waste of all.

By ignoring the only viable, affordable solution — single payer — and even waffling on the public option to appease Republicans, Obama would throw us to the lions, using tax penalties as a threat to make us all customers of private insurers.

It was great when Obama smacked down as “a lie, pure and simple,” Sarah Palin’s preposterous assertion that he’s proposing death panels. But I doubt we’ll ever see the day when all insurers cover preventive care, don’t exclude pre-existing conditions, don’t cap lifetime benefits, don’t cancel people on a loophole when they get sick, and don’t limit out-of-pocket expenses.

All these things would erode insurance profits. And now that Obama’s given away the rest of the farm on reform, these are the next items undoubtedly headed to the chopping block as Congress continues trying to keep insurers happy.

For Obama to claim that establishing “exchanges” will suddenly make us be treated fairly by the very companies that ritually fleece us, he’s just playing us for fools. As fast as Congress dreams up laws to curb insurer abuses, insurers will find workarounds, just like credit card issuers are doing.

Americans are being set up to get screwed like never before.

We need to forget about health insurance reform and refocus on healthcare. Health insurance is an obsolete concept, the main obstacle to care. As long as our president refuses to face this fact, which is known by every other country that provides healthcare to every citizen without a vast insurance bureaucracy, we’ll never solve this problem in the U.S. and people will continue to go bankrupt and die.

Scowling Republicans, sitting on their hands like a bunch of brats during Obama’s speech, demonstrated that they value human life as little as the terrorists they love to vilify. Such closed minds should forfeit any role in a fix, and I hope Obama follows through on this promise:

“I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution.”

But I’m wondering just how little change Obama will eventually settle for and call it a solution.


6 Responses to Mixed Emotions on Obama’s Healthcare Speech

  1. Adele says:

    Last night on Bill Maher’s New Rules, he said that those of us who don’t make noise had better get out there and start pushing Obama, so that we can have a health care plan that’s the envy of at least 6 or 7 African countries. It’s like Obama has forgotten everything he ever said before being elected and is bowing down to the special interests.

  2. catsworking says:

    Adele, Obama SAYS the right things about what health care should be, but turns right around and lets the insanity in Congress continue. If they end up passing some plan that make private insurers the focal point of reform, and Obama says ONE WORD that sounds like it was what he intended all along because it’s the right way to go, he has lost my support forever.

    I can’t speak for Yul, though.

  3. Tuxi says:

    Hi Karen! If you look up universal health care in Wikipedia you’ll read how the smart European and other countries pay for their citizens with a system that WORKS! Here the GOP is too ready to scream Socialism without giving a damn about the citizens. Mom has said the same thing: UNINSURED CITIZEN DEATHS THANX TO GOP=TERRORISM! Why hasn’t the GOP suggested we load all uninsured on old obsolete airplanes and crash them into condemned buildings?

  4. Tuxi says:

    OK. I apologize to all 9/11 families who lost loved ones, but I’m sure some of you understand my imagery. Mom said she sometimes wishes her ancestors had never left Europe. To the GOP-ers who would say “Well, leave then!”, believe me, if America doesn’t grow some smarts, when we can, we will! In the 80s you could see Reaganomics and American Greed were creating the dumbing-down of America and it hasn’t slowed down at all!

  5. catsworking says:

    You know, Tuxi, I’m surprised that one of the Republicans didn’t mention such a quick and easy fix for the problem at Obama’s summit. Their healthcare plan (or utter LACK of one) is simply to let people curl up and die. It would be much more humane to slam them into a building and end their suffering quickly.

  6. Tuxi says:

    The Rethugs have Mom so pissed that I’m surprised she hasn’t had a stroke! You elect the Dems thinking you have a perfect in to having universal health coverage, then you have to put up with GOP Insurance Company Butt-kissers, your own party Dem. traitors and the wish-I-had-a-brain Tea Party who should be put on a barge and sunk, in the way. Country founded on religious principles? HAH! MY A**!

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