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Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:28 pm

The health-care problem in a nutshell

Filed under: We're so screwed — Lex @ 10:28 pm
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Jon Walker at Firedoglake:

We pay nearly twice as much as most countries, and our health care cost problem is, at its core, almost exclusively a political corruption and corporate influence crisis. We know by looking at examples from other countries how to reduce health care costs for consumers, and we know how bringing down those costs can reduce our federal deficit. Many of the ideas, like drug re-importation, even have broad popular support. The only obstacle is Washington politicians completely beholden to the powerful health care lobbies that make huge donations to their campaigns. Our elected representatives have and continue to actively shape legislation to help large health care corporations charge us way more than necessary, and way more than should be allowed.

This year’s health care reform was written, supported, and sold to Americans by PhRMA and the for-profit hospitals. Until Congress is actually willing to take on these groups directly, we regular Americans will continue to get ripped off. . . and our deficit will continue to increase.

In a separate post, Walker explains how, with the enactment of health-care reform, private insurers have become superfluous middlemen who serve no purpose, create no value and cost us all money. Many of them were that before health-care reform, but they could at least argue that they were serving the useful purpose of managing risk, even if what they were actually doing was frequently much more insidious. Now, they simply have no excuse to exist.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 12:22 am

President Obama: Taking a page from the Dick Cheney playbook

Remember the complete transparency Obama promised us regarding the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission being co-chaired by North Carolina’s Erskine Bowles? Well, that’s OK, neither does Obama.

Hell’s bells. First, they take a congressional duty and shuffle it off to an unaccountable commission, then they let the commission’s real work be done in secret and then dumped on a lame-duck Congress for an up-or-down vote. I’m sure the interests of the middle and working classes will be perfectly well protected under that scenario. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

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