Sunday, March 7, 2010

If Not Now, When?

Silly me, last November when the voters elected a Democrat as President, and gave both the House and the Senate majorities to the Democrats, I thought that there was a good chance to finally get health insurance coverage for all American citizens. Boy, was I ever wrong! From President Obama down to the newest members of both branches of Congress have made it a point to cater to insurance selling corporations to the detriment of each and every citizen, both insured and uninsured. These are supposed to be smart people we elected, educated people, people of vision. Not so much! They have talked, groveled, preached, argued,lied, and pretty much alienated any sensible voter over the past 14 months. The only deals made regarding health insurance were the ones that lined the pockets of politicos and insurance sellers. The ordinary citizen be damned, we have no voice. Our pockets don't have enough money in them to buy our elected officials interest!
To me, the simplest of solutions would have been to make Medicare available to all citizens, regardless of age, contingent upon monthly premiums just like us retired folks. The next step to opening up health care to all would be to make healthcare a non-profit enterprise. Can you imagine what it would be like to be able to see a doctor without worrying if you are going to bankrupt your budget? Or pay a reasonable price for a prescription medication made without television commercials, and profits and other advertising costs being included in the price of each pill? If we all belonged to Medicare and paid our monthly premiums that would be a very large pool of premium payers, about 300 million subscribers. Multiply 300 million by 2 thousand dollars a year. No insurance companies advertising in the media, just a very large pool of people paying a decent price for access to health care. Add to that, the blessed relief of never again having to watch a television commercial about insurance, wonder drugs (along with their horrible side effects), or Wilford Brimley hawking diabetes supplies every 5 minutes. A person can dream!
All of our politicians want us to vote for them. Why? They don't pay attention to our wants and needs, just their own greed. I wonder what they'd all do, if in 2010 and 2012, the elections were held, but not one single, solitary citizen voted? They haven't heard any of our other messages to them, maybe if they were unemployed they would learn to pay attention. Do I sound cynical? Of course I do. What a bunch of do nothing, greedy, heartless, useless politicos we have on our public payroll. We should fire them all!

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