Im sick of all the flat out bullshit being preached about health insurance on dailykos from the frontpage to the diaries. Sick of markos sudden change from committed activist to wouldbe kingmaker. Sick of people who know absolutely Nothing about economics or health insurance spewing mealymouthed drivel about how we should support this bill/bills we havent seen because it/the dont exist yet. Sick of people spouting bullshit about how forcing someone who cant pay car insurance should pay 2% of their income to Aetna/BCBS for a product to be determined later with a premium that can change at the whim of big insurance is "wonderful"
Honestly im sick of it all. I recently quit trucking folks.. and im going back. In the meanwhile i spent the last 6 months working for.. a health insurance company. One of the biggest in the country. And yes i DO happen to see what goes on in the bowels. Now to be fair let me straighten out some misconceptions:
"Insurance companies and their employees are evil"
Just about everyone ive met or worked with in this company.. and because of my job im in contact with a stunning number of them. .are good people. Theyre people who want people to have health insurance.
"PREX is the problem! If we get rid of prex..". Um folks on most policies, in states where the government isnt flat out corrupt pre-x doesnt keep you from getting insurance. On the other hand if youve never had insurance, develop leukemia and sign up the next day expecting the company to pay for any future expenses you're delusional. Insurance is a shared risk pool and if you only want in when you can leech .. take a long walk off a..
Now heres the deal on insurance. 50% of americans could only Ever afford the cheapest , most useless insurance out there. Premiums on the low end from 250 a month for coverage that doesnt cover anything to over 2500 a month for insurance that will probably cover most things. Median for a single, hmo or ppo policy is probably 500ish. How many single moms you think can afford that? How many of the minimum wage employees in this country do you think can afford that? (and a two class system is where we're headed at light speed folks).
But this bill will cut premiums right? Save money? Um no. The latest CBO figures suggest we might cut the deficit by (median) 35b a year. Seriously? Seriously? SERIOUSLY?
Folks the US spent approximately.. wait for it..
And you think this bill will change that? Rather than insurance companies having to worry they'll lose too many customers if they increase rates 50% a year instead of 30%
we will, at the barrel of a gun, require americans to pay the Big Healthcare Tithe.
This is your solution? This is what we should support?
Im sorry but im damned sick of the sycophants. Im damned tired of the ignorant. Im damn tired of good, no great people like Markos deciding whats really important is politics. And that the 67yo fucking woman i had to tell was FUCKED because her medigap premiums doubled in 2010 is just a sad little microtragedy. Im damn tired of telling people "Im sorry your INDIVIDUAL single policy went from 1000 a month to 1400 a month". Im damned tired of telling business owners "IM sorry but you were late on the $20,000 bill for your 18 employees too many times this year we'll need 6 months premiums in advance to cover you now". IM damned tired of telling people who are unemployed because theyre too fucking sick to keep a job that if they dont pay TODAY they'll be cancelled.
Im fucking tired of it and im tired of you unthinking, ignorant political cheerleaders telling people we have to vote for this SHIT for the "parties sake" or because "well nothing is worse" or whatever your nitwit talking points are at the moment.
Folks without single payer.. the first step of which is the public option.. this is nothing but a big handout to corporate health-care-denial corporations and big pharma.