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Monday, May 25, 2009

Corrupt Democrat Threatens Legitimate Health Care Reform

Happy Memorial Day Papamoka Bloggers! I hope we all honor the spirit of the holiday today and dedicate a moment of silence to remember the men and women who gave so much to keep us free. I would also like to pay special tribute to the members of my own family who fought in wars and who served during peace time.

It may not be an exciting topic, but it's important to each and every one of us. We need to discuss the lack of debate in Congress about America's broken health care system.

I wish I could say that it was the usual scenario where Republicans fight to maintain a bloated and broken system while Democrats ride to the rescue, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. It seems President Obama, the man we voted into office to reform our broken system, is allowing Congress to set most of his agenda. Unfortunately for all of us, very little reform seems to be on that agenda.

It's all being controlled by a very corrupt Democrat who has no interest in real reform. It is Senator Max Baucus of Montana, and he is doing everything he can to thwart actual reform. Senator Baucus and the Senate Finance Committee have been corrupted by corporate health industry profiteers, and their donations are now standing in the way of us getting the kind of health care reform we need.

To demonstrate just how important reform is, you need to consider that health care represents 15% of the U.S. gross domestic product - a very important money-making industry to America's money-changers. Health care costs rise rapidly every year, surpassing $2.4 trillion in 2007 - more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990. The cost of health care is projected to reach $4.4 trillion by 2018. It's an extreme for-profit industry that most Americans cannot avoid.

Those figures are terrifying when you consider the risk to average Americans trying to earn a living - or businesses trying to cover employees. They point to incredible waste and profiteering where none should exist. I don't care how Republicans spin it, corporate health care profiteering is the biggest drain on both Americans and the American economy.

We are one of the few countries in the world that support extreme profiteering when it comes to health care - something many other countries and cultures find unethical and immoral.

The health care industry has invested heavily in Max Baucus and his friends who sit on the Senate Finance Committee. The reform that we voted for under President Obama is being perverted by the Senate Finance Committee.

They won't even allow any talk about a single-payer health care system, which is the only reform that would take the "profiteering" out of today's for-profit health care system.

The only bill being considered today is a pro-industry bill that will ensure trillions in profits for the health insurance industry, HMO’s and pharmaceutical industry. It isn't what we voted for, and President Obama isn't doing enough to deliver the reforms that he promised. A matter of fact, the White House is a little too quiet about the controversy, and so is the corporate media. It's all a little too coincidental in my opinion.

Baucus has held only two hearings (not enough) so far and has refused to allow advocates for the most popular reform – a single payer national health policy – to even testify.

Single payer, improved Medicare for all, is favored by more than 60% of Americans as well as majorities of doctors, nurses and economists. It's what Barack Obama campaigned on and what most Americans voted for. It is the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide health care to all Americans from cradle to grave, and it's BEING IGNORED! If you would like to learn more about it, or sign-up to help, visit SinglePayerAction.org. It's worth it!

According to Consumer Watchdog, Senator Baucus alone has received more campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations than any other current Democratic member of the House or Senate. The man is bought-and-paid-for! He's no better than a lousy Republican! According to their report, Senator Baucus received $183,750 from health insurance companies and $229,020 from drug companies in the last two election cycles.

It's disgusting and outrageous how our system can allow one powerful man to take "bribes" in exchange for denying us the health care reforms we need. The number of Americans who die each year because they can't afford health care is estimated in the tens or hundreds of thousands.

That figure makes 9/11 look like a drive-by shooting. It's an issue just as serious as the "War on Terror," yet the fat-cat Congress treats it like agricultural reform. As long as they have their excellent health care insurance - they do, I know after working on Capitol Hill - they could give a damn about average Americans. THEY ARE NOT TAKING OUR DESIRE FOR REFORM SERIOUSLY ENOUGH!

During recent Senate Finance Committee hearings on health care reform, Baucus refused to allow even one person to testify on behalf of a single payer health care system.

  • During the May 5th hearing a group of doctors, lawyers and other single advocates rose inside the Senate Finance Committee hearing room and one by one asked that Baucus open up the hearing to single payer advocates. Baucus refused and had the eight arrested, handcuffed, and charged with “disruption of Congress.”
  • During the May 12th hearing another group of doctors and nurses asked to testify on behalf of a single payer plan. Baucus again refused and had the five arrested and charged.
It's estimated that 60 Americans die each and every day from a lack of health insurance. Single payer is the only proven way to save the hundreds of billions of dollars in administrative overhead and profits needed to insure everyone, and save lives. President Obama knows it, and yet he's doing very little to fight the efforts of sell-outs like Max Baucus.

It's time WE THE PEOPLE stand-up to corrupt politicians like Max Baucus. As I often say on this blog, it's time we act ourselves. Please sign-up at SinglePayerAction.org today, and take some time to call your representatives in Congress as well as President Obama NOW! Tell them you disagree with the way Max Baucus is handling health care reform. Tell them you want them to support a SINGLE PAYER SOLUTION! It's the only path to real change.

Enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday - Michael Boh
Papamoka's Left Coast Contributor
from Our Rants & Raves Blog

PS - If you decide to take action, here are a few links that may help you. Email President Obama, or your national elected officials. If you wish to call, simply call the Whitehouse at 202-456-1414, or the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

I suggest complaining to Max Baucus directly, Senator Harry Reid's office to complain about how he's running the debate, or your local newspaper. Please let them all know that you want a single-payer health care solution, and that we must minimize profiteering in our health care system.

Here is an example of what I wrote to various elected officials:

Dear _____________:

"I would like to encourage you to support a single payer health care reform solution.

To that end, I promise to give you financial support if you ignore the health care industry and its donations and support health insurance reform for the good of ALL Americans. I also promise to recruit other support if you actively support a single payer solution that minimizes a for-profit solution.

Senator Baucus is currently blocking all single payer reform debate in the Finance Committee, and it's discouraging to Democrats like myself who support real change and reform. Americans are dying. We need reform that protects them, not the industry.

Respectfully - your supporter,
Michael Boh"

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6 Comments:

Blogger B.J. said...

First, a tribute to your family members as I remember with honor two brothers-in-law and my brother who served in WWII.

Excellent work, Michael. God love you for your activism.

It might be an indication of Baucus’ ideology that he is elected in a heavily Republican state.

BJ

4:43 PM  
Blogger by Michael Boh said...

Thanks BJ! A tribute to them all! You may be right about Baucus - he does show signs of Republicanism when it comes to reform. I only wish somebody could stop him before he hurts us all.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all Obama did not campaign on single payer health care,he campaigned on affordable health care and while people think single payer is the way to go I spoke over the weekend to 2 people 1 who lived in Germany and Japan and the other in Germany. I also know someone who lived in Canada and what I heard was not good. One person had a wound so severe(In Germany)and all they did was bandage it. No tetanus shot ,no stitches,no antibiotics. She could not use her arm and they would not let her get follow up unless it showed signs of infection which it did and by then she had to be hospitalized. Another woman from Canada could not get proper treatment for her husband's heart condition and moved here just for that reason and her granddaughter had a brain tumor and it took 9 weeks to get an MRI.
I am for reform but think single payer system would be more of a horror story when you have to depend on government.
In the UK they won't even send an ambulance in many cases because it's not in the budget.
Wouldn't you hate to see one of your family members suffering with a bad toothache because it takes 6 months to get a root canal? Someone I knows father in law went through that in the UK.
I know these are just a few stories but I feel a little more confident having more resources instead of them being rationed or non-existent because our country will be in such debt that we won't even be able to factor in health care costs.
Sounds good in theory but in reality not sure I am ready to have some piece of equipment improperly sterilized (like they do know in the Medicaid system in order to cut corners and avoid government red tape)used by sub-prime government paid dentist who didn't need to further their education in order to get a government paid job as a doctor or dentist.I don't know I guess I should try and trust government more seeing they do such a great job with everything else they stick their noses in.
Lisa

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am from Canada originally. I never had any bad healthcare experiences there and my relatives have never mentioned any. Republicans make up horror stories to frighten people.
The best approach is for government, I know it sounds shocking, to start their own medical association (bypass the thieving anti-American AMA). Provide free education to doctors who will work in these hospitals for a minimum of 5 years to pay back their education costs. And start their own hospitals. People on medicare and medicaid can go to these hospitals free of charge. Also provide incentives for cost effective care. For example it costs $25 to deliver a baby in India, but $18000 here at one of the corrupt American hospitals. If a woman is willing to fly to India to have her baby, then give her part of the savings, say $5000. The health insurance companies and current hospitals and the AMA need to be treated as CRIMINAL organizations, as anti-American and bypassed.

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