When it comes to the US medical services system, any change at all is better than the status quo. Anything that hastens the total collapse of the system is a good thing. Even if this proposed program doesn’t work and costs go through the roof, it’s good because it will force more change, and hopefully eventually, a government run system.
They say the proposed legislation will require 17,000 new IRS agents. I don’t have a problem with 17k more IRS agents as long as 17,000 health insurance agents are forced to do something else. The IRS can hire them.
The right wing gestapo can foam at the mouth all they want. They are doing their best to instill fear. Eventually the will fail. Hopefully, the insurance SS hit squads will eventually be brought to the justice they deserve.
What time better than now to start?
Either way, the current system will collapse. Under it, eventually, the majority would not be insured.
Let me give you a for instance of what the health care Nazis are fighting to preserve. I have a relative who has been selling health insurance for one company for the last 35 years. Mansion in ritzy Rydal, PA. Condo on Park Avenue. 300 year old farm house in New Hope, PA. Winters in Palm Beach. Couple of Bentleys. Asshole buddies with some big corporate honchos.
That’s just one agent for one company selling group health policies. That’s what your insurance dollars go to pay for, not to mention the waste and enrichment of the pharmaceutical industry. This is what the anti-reform crowd is supporting. These are the people paying for those ads, paying for the disinformation campaign that has the teabag assholes farting and leaking all over themselves.
This bill is at least a start toward putting an end to this kind of useless anti-social rabble rousing and profiteering. But if it fails, eventually, the Hitler youth behind the anti reform efforts will wake up, realize that they’ve been had, and turn on their masters, because eventually, they too will need medical coverage and won’t be able to afford it or get it at all.
I think the bill will pass. But if it doesn’t I can’t wait to witness the total disintegration of the system. Maybe, if Congress doesn’t act, more states will. As more and more people lose their coverage while medical insurers and medical service providers and pharmaceutical company drug lords grow fatter and richer while more people fall out of the system, eventually change will come.
In the end, the only way that the US economy can survive is to go to a completely government run system. That’s the only way that we can have a level playing field where the rest of the world does not enjoy this enormous cost advantage that it currently has over US producers. Otherwise, mass unemployment, poverty, degradation, armed enclaves for the rich will become the norm in the US, as the rest of the developed world follows a more enlightened path in caring for the society as a whole. If the US continues on its current path, in the end, the cultural mores behind the growth of this country will eventually lead to its destruction.
If we continue on the path we have been on, God help us all. We must wake up, realize our common interests, or we are doomed.