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"New Rules with Bill Maher, Ronald Reagan and Greed are NOT Good 5/29/2009"
Cousin Bill gives 'em Hell.


The Whole Political System Is Rotten, And Must Be Reformed In Order To Get Anything Done


When I was involved in real estate in New Jersey back in the 1980's, I met quite a few doctors who were investors in property. They didn't spend much time with patients. They were hustlers, not healers. They built professional suites and office condo's, labs and hospitals, clinics and medical centers, and managed and staffed them with healers, many of them junior hustlers, all working to enrich themselves, not the lives of their patients. This was the new corporate America, soon to be ruled by the CEO's of giant multi-national conglomerates and their lawyers, accountants, MBA's and "creative" financiers. Everything became about money, nothing had any value except in terms of money, not even peoples' lives. If you couldn't put a price on something, then it had no value. These people would do anything for money, and everything was valued solely in terms of money. It was the beginning of the pimping of America. It just seemed the most shocking in medicine, which used to be a humanitarian calling, not a giant whorehouse.

Here we are almost thirty years later, and the prostitution of America is almost complete. The government is now entirely under the control of the corporate pimps. They are about to finish corporatizing medicine with the help of their whores in government. Our very lives will be in their hands on a daily basis, and huge amounts of our money will be directed to the profiteering corp's by Federal law. Quality, accessibility and cost will all get worse, and there will be no effective oversight. We will have no say in how our money is spent. The pimps will rule. Universal single-payer national health care is "off the table." Only private profiteering remains.

As long as private profit is the primary motivating factor in our health care system, there can be no reform. Until public health and making good quality care accessible to all are the dominant motivating factors, the system is never going to work, except as a cash machine for the rich and the corporations they hide behind. It's the basic outlook, the underlying philosophy, the political economics of the thing that are wrong, and nothing will change until those things change.

It has already been demonstrated on a daily basis over many decades that the so-called free market cannot or will not provide good quality healthcare for all. I'm sure that major healthco's all have a chart or a graph showing exactly where the lines are: Those above a certain income level, "A," can afford the best coverage and provide the most profit, if the smallest volume of business. Those below that down to the next lower level, "B," can afford some coverage, at less profit but higher volume. At the very bottom level, "C," the government picks up the tab, but only up to certain income or age levels; but it can be finagled and boondoogled and shortchanged as long as there are no major audits or crackdowns, so it can be very profitable.

All those who fall into the gray area, "D," between B and C simply are not a source of profit to the healthco's, and will not be served. That's where the breakdown really occurs: Those tens of millions of people get sick but don't get treatment. They slow down or drop out at work, and make other people sick around them. They go to emergency rooms at the few remaining public hospitals as a last resort and receive the least effective care at the highest price, which they frequently fail to pay. The taxpayer ends up paying for himself as well as for the poor, the elderly, and the uninsured. Since our tax system has become more regressive, those who earn the most and can afford the best healthcare are the only ones really benefiting from this system, along with the healthco's. In effect, we have a national healthcare plan now, funded by the taxpayers. It just doesn't work for anyone, except the rich and the healthco's.

So it's us, the underserved, over-taxed and overcharged majority, against them, the inefficient, overfed, undertaxed minority. Politically, it would seem to be a no-brainer, if this were actually a democracy. But, as the Courts have accurately noted, corporations are people, in fact a higher class of people, and money is speech, the corporations' speech. So the minority has outvoted the majority consistently for many years and we do not have a healthcare system that benefits everyone today, as a result. Nor are we ever likely to, until we get corporate money out of the system.

That isn't going to happen until we get the corporate whores out of our government and our political Parties. Anybody who thinks that our mean old corporate Daddies are going to let us have just this ONE big lollipop, real universal single-payer national healthcare, or anything like it, is crazy. The corp's have no reason to give in. They own the whole system. Until we change that, there will be no substantive positive change in any area.

What we are really just about to initiate here is the biggest government boondoggle since the permanent war began in 1941. The same kind of Treasury-milking blank check that "defense" has gotten for almost seventy years will now go to the big healthco's. The result will not be free or affordable quality healthcare for all, but some scheme that commits us all to everlastingly ensure the profits of the healthco's by requiring us all to become their customers and pay whatever they require, directly to them and/ or indirectly through the government. There will be no efficiencies enforced or economies of scale, any more than there have been in the defense industry. The "public-private" model will only mean public moneys going for private profits, with questionable benefit for the taxpaying healthcare consumer.

Without universal single-payer national health care, there will be the opposite of reform. But it doesn't matter right now if single-payer or any other idea is on the table or not: As long as mixed-market democratic socialism is off the political table in this country, and as long as corporate money is on that same table, there will never ever be any real reform.

We're going to lose this. And that's a good thing. It will serve as a rallying point to re-take and restructure our political Parties and our political system. It will clearly identify those who are with us, the progressive majority of the American people, and those who are corporate whores. If our political system cannot do the job for us, then it will have to be changed. That will take time, and it will require a lot of effort by a lot of people. But if all those who are now working so hard to patch and prop up an unworkable system turn their attention to remaking the system itself, there is a vast number of Americans who will be right behind them. This is a fight we CAN win. It is a fight we MUST win.

(More at blog me no blogs.)

Originally posted to cosa nostradamus on Sat May 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  If you wanted single-payer should (1+ / 0-)
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    Donna Z

    have voted for the candidate who was offering it.

    •  Yeah. Like Nader. That worked great. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sad to say, we live in the real world, not in Ralph Nader's dreams. We do the best we can to move the ball down the field. As of November 2008, we had our backs against the goal line after 8 years of corrupt Republican misrule. Now at least we're back out at the 30 yard line and driving.

      If we voted the single payer candidate, we'd still be in the stands watching John McCain fumble the ball.

  •  Maher actually UNDERSTATES the problem... (3+ / 0-)
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    formernadervoter, Pluto, Lopez99

    The REAL 800 pound gorilla in the room is that - deep down - inside the soul of most Americans - EVEN many Democrats - Americans agree with Reagan that "Government is the Enemy."

    Unlike my Canada, the UK, France, Germany and the Nordic Countries - Americans only see their country as an 11 Nuclear Carrier Battle Group PENIS sailing the world's seas to keep the world safe for the Golden Arches and assorted banana companies.

    You have almost ZERO sense of SOCIETY or CIVIL SOCIETY all you see is "Liberty" and "Freedom" by which you mean the "Liberty" to NEVER have to think about your Society and the "Freedom" to fuck who you want when you want. Even your religious have bastardized their faiths to such levels of depravity that they think prosecuting Gays and stopping women having Choice are God's Work while having 65 + Million without adequate health care is SAVING them from GODLESS COMMUNISM.

    The book, "The Ugly American" was written in 1958. Like Maher - it understated the problem. Americans have created an Ugly Country - peopled by shallow - quite stupid - but mostly just ignorant fools.

    I suggest you just wallow in it - I think in the long term - that's the only way out you've the guts to take.

  •  As Long as Corporations are Allowed (1+ / 0-)
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    formernadervoter bribe their employees with medical insurance  -- and keep them stuck in the trap of personal selfishness (until they lose their jobs and whine like titty babies that they have no insurance) -- until employer manipulation abd ultimate control over an employee's physical health is ended forever -- there will be no affordable single-payer health care for all Americans. There will be no national health care system.

    I love the way that everyone whines about the insurance corporations -- and at the same time, they want their corporate bosses to pay for their health insurance. This selfish, self-interested generation sees no conflict of interest here. None at all.

    And that, boys and girls, is how America ended up in the economic shit can it finds itself in today.

    •  Allowed!? (3+ / 0-)
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      I think they're forced.  Employer health care is the only hope I have of getting health insurance again.  That's sort of the Republican plan, let companies drop their health insurance plans, but provide no alternative and hope the 'free market' takes care of it.

      Recovering Intellectual. 12 days stupid.

      by scionkirk on Sun May 31, 2009 at 02:13:38 AM PDT

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      •  If you start your own company and have employees (1+ / 0-)
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        you can buy insurance in my state

        But it costs over $2000 a month to get anything semi decent,

        There is no reason to believe that any other public option will be better than this one. The whole Kennedy love fest spectacle is worth peeking at, while you read the comments, remember THIS IS FOR A PLAN THAT DOESN'T OFFER DRUGS..

        Its a lot of the same people who appeared out of nowhere during the campaign to root for Obama, then vanished until now, now they scream "public option, public option" BTW.

        NEVER any critical thinking at all.

        They are not real people.
        This and they are clearly fishy.

        Single Payer Works For All!
        "Right to Care" NOT "Right to Die"

        by Andiamo on Sun May 31, 2009 at 03:08:39 AM PDT

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  •  Some wise, prescient Kossack, (0+ / 0-)

    I wish I could remember who, recently speculated that we would soon learn that although a truly viable public option (let alone single payer) would be the best outcome for the country in the long term,  the PRAGMATIC approach will be some sort of "reform" of the existing system.

    You can be active with the activists, or sleep in with the sleepers/ While you're waiting for the Great Leap Forward --Billy Bragg

    by andrewj54 on Sun May 31, 2009 at 01:24:16 AM PDT

    •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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      Sort of like how during the Cold War, nuclear disarmament was just not viable, but the pragmatic solution was to cut the number of nuclear weapons down from what could destroy the planet 7 times over to what could destroy the planet only 4 times over.

      Recovering Intellectual. 12 days stupid.

      by scionkirk on Sun May 31, 2009 at 02:11:15 AM PDT

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      •  Actually, a little known fact of the Cold War is (1+ / 0-)
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        that they dramatically underestimated the impact of fires on cities, by several orders of magnitude. So, we concluded, I think semi secretly, that nuclear war would not be survivable inside of major cities, even in fallout shelters, due to a firestorm which would rage for months or years, using up all oxygen and spreading a toxic cloud of exotic new molecules caused by the insanely high temperatures encounters in fires fed by huge amounts of burning PLASTIC and METAL...for HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS OF MILES, contaminating soil so badly that it could then not be used to grow food for centuries.

        The land would cost so much to reclaim of toxic metals and take so long and be so labor intensive that it might not be worth it. The advice given to survivors would probably be "find a new country and start again"

        Margaret Atwood touched on this in A Handmaid's Tale but no other science fiction authors have gone anywhere near it.

        I am pretty sure that they didn't publicize the results because - then, I guess they felt funding for the "nuclear option" would dry up.

        Just one of the [infinitely many] stories in our naked universe

        Single Payer Works For All!
        "Right to Care" NOT "Right to Die"

        by Andiamo on Sun May 31, 2009 at 03:18:22 AM PDT

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        •  Wild speculation. (1+ / 0-)
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          1. Sane people on both sides (U.S. and Russia) recognized early on that any major nuclear exchange would be catastrophic for both sides. The actual mechanism of death for the victims is pretty irrelevant; hundreds of millions would still be dead.
          1. The issue of radioactive fallout and toxic chemicals is not trivial, but pales in comparison to the death toll from the original blasts. I think the morbid dread of radiation and toxins is an artifact of our (relatively) safe and low-risk society. In China hundreds of millions live in absurdly toxic environments and consume toxic food & water; cancer rates zoom, but the world doesn't come to an end.
          1. Remember  nuclear winter? This might actually cause the extinction of the human race due to world-wide crop failures and global starvation. No one ever convincingly debunked the hypothesis.
  •  Shame isn't it that health care has gone the way (1+ / 0-)
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    of Wall St.  In East Tennessee and southwest Virginia Profit Care comes way ahead of Patient Care.  I've seen what they really claim is their "Acceptable Standards of Health Care"  Sure surprised was so different than they advertise.

    There will only be change when those unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

    by quidam56 on Sun May 31, 2009 at 02:55:08 AM PDT

  •  Diarist is so f#@king right (0+ / 0-)

    that I want to puke.

    But most of the apologists on this site will dismiss this rant as lunacy -- unfortunately.

    Kennedy and a handful of others are honest. The rest have no moral compass.

    Congress STILL stinks like a whore house at low tide.

    by CitizenOfEarth on Sun May 31, 2009 at 05:35:01 AM PDT

  •  good analysis (0+ / 0-)

    Obama's health reform effort cannot succeed in theory or practice.

    Obama used to be for single payer before he came out against it.

    by formernadervoter on Sun May 31, 2009 at 07:35:53 AM PDT

  •  Rec'd. I was just going to right about how (0+ / 0-)

    awesome this episode of Real Time is, and already posted a version of it on docudharma, but I really like the diarists point of view, and I'm really glad I read this diary before I had posted my own.

    Well done, tip my hat to you Cosa!


    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?' - 1984

    by MinistryOfTruth on Sun May 31, 2009 at 07:57:41 AM PDT

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