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  •  Don't forget the profits... (16+ / 0-)

    ... pharmaceutical and insurance corporations are getting from senior citizens and disabled people via Medicare Part D [prescription meds].  That bill was passed under Dumbya, and the mandate was [paraphrased]: 'Buy corporate insurance or else.'

    Medicare Part A and Part B premiums which had been contributed to in one's working years are deducted from monthly Social Security before the remaining amount is deposited in individuals' accounts.  [FYI, the average SSI or SSDI recipient receives only enough that they're below the poverty line.  No one gets rich off of a Social Security income.]

    Under Obamacare, the insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations were allowed to write the laws while Obama & very nearly every senator and representative adamantly, fanatically, categorically refused to even broach the subject of a not-for-profit single-payer government-run health insurance plan.  What few spines they showed were all directed at We The People who elected these clowns.  We were all dismissed with "that's not going to happen" if we broached the subject of buying into Medicare or creating a not-for-profit single-payer health insurance program.  Instead, we got [paraphrasing]: "Buy corporate insurance or pay a $1000 fine."

    Buying into Medicare would be so easy.  The infrastructure is there and actually working efficiently - except that medical and pharmaceutical corporations keep raising their prices so people have to buy Supplemental Insurance or ask their local county/state Social Service agency for Medicaid help with medical bills that are not covered by Medicare.  "All" that would be necessary is to hire more government employees to handle the extra paperwork, and their payroll taxes and buying power with salaries would have an instantaneous impact on federal taxes collected (plus FICA, Medicare, and UI payroll deductions) and on local/state economies, including local and state taxes, where people live and work.

    I really do not give a flying fig what $COTU$ said about the fine or forcing us to contribute to record-setting insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations being a "tax."  They're wrong.  It's forcing us to pay for corporate executive bonuses and corporate shareholder premiums..., not a government tax.  It's also unethical and immoral and dishonorable to force the poorest people in the US to fork over huge sums of money to pay monthly premiums when they can barely afford rent and food and car insurance as is.

    What's next?  Soylent Green?

    Soooooooooooooo..., anyone have any good ideas on how to get it through the thick skulls of our President and Congress Critters that We The People want a sensible not-for-profit single-payer health insurance so we can eliminate a few corporations from being permanently attached to a Treasury Teat???  We've had enough gouging from the military-industrial, oil, and mercenary corporations which have put us into debt that will never be paid off in my lifetime (I'm a senior citizen).  Why force the most vulnerable to enrich three more corporations both through tax breaks and robbing from private citizens???

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
    -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
    -- Benito Mussolini

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:28:23 AM PST

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