Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lower Costs

In 2009, President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi favored a single payer healthcare system, but the votes weren’t there in the Senate. 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act was far from perfect, because it did little by way of controlling costs.  It maintained the connection between employment and health care, which is inefficient and an unfair burden on American business.

Businesses continued to pay tens of billions of dollars to provide health care for their employees and former employees while their German, Canadian, Japanese, and British counterparts pay nothing in health care costs.  All of those countries provide universal health care at much lower costs than we do, because they cut out the insurance companies.

The health insurance industry and pharmaceutical industry spend billions of dollars on public relations every year to deny Americans affordable health care.  The most significant reason, that we don’t have affordable health care is the fierce opposition fueled by lobbyists, who used fear tactics to misrepresent efforts to achieve reform.

Democratic Senator Max Baucus, was the Chairman of Senate Finance Committee.  The “Billings Gazette” reported: “In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by the Montana Democrat and his political action committee has come from individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical supply firms, health service companies.  Those donations total about 3.4 million, or 1,500 dollars a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.” 

Senator Baucus refused to allow advocates for a single payer national health policy to testify at the Senate Finance Committee hearings.  The Senate Finance Committee was corrupted by corporate health industry lobbyist.

Members of Congress care more about imposing their religious views on all Americans, than doing what is best for our country.  Right to life extremism is what is wrong with America.


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