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A simple search of specific words in the Health Bill now being kicked around in the Senate shows that industrial health harms are, like Single Payer, "off the table".
 With some amendments and other changes, the number of word usages may change, but, the point remains that we are not to be protected from, provided with alternatives to, or compensated for, harmful industrial products and processes.

Health Bill Ignores Industrial Health Harms.

  Understandable...because the Bill is being written for and by those harmful industries, and their insurers and investors...remembering that top health insurers invest many billions in even the worst health-damaging industries...including cigarette manufacturing, tobacco pesticides, dioxin-producing chlorine industries, big oil, and the works.

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If it were not for people, there would be no Health Crisis.

The legislation the Senate is discussing now is quite interesting and telling by what's there, or not.

See: http://democrats.senate.gov/...

A convenient search tool at the site finds the number of times a word appears in the legislation:

Nutrition    29 times
Tobacco      25
Smoking      11
Obesity       9
Exercise      9
Behavior      8
Lifestyle     5
Alcohol       2

However:

Pesticides               0
Insecticides             0
Herbicides               0
Dioxins                  0
Mercury                  0
Chemicals                0
Carcinogen(s)            0
Chlorine                 0
Depleted Uranium         0
Salmonella               0
Pollutant(s)             0
Pollution                0
Vehicle exhaust          0
Smog                     0
E-coli                   0
Asbestos                 0
Toxins                   0
Toxic                    0
Hazardous waste          0
          And... Marijuana            0
                    Condoms           0
                    Work(er) Safety   0
                    Vegetarian        0
                    Organic(s)        0

 There is a theme here, about reassuring us that private industries are no threat to health.  That is ff the radar.   Nothing to worry about or act on there.
We (the) people are the problem.
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NB-  "Tobacco" references are never qualified to distinguish between the natural tobacco plant (as used for various purposes for about 10,00 years), and pesticide-drenched, dioxin-delivering, radiation- (!) delivering typical cigarettes.  That is...industrial toxins/carcinogens etc are ignored here too, with a vengeance.
It's all Our Fault, or Nature's Fault.  The Corporatocracy deems itself innocent.

Originally posted to Baja on Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 04:44 PM PST.

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