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From the big-profit insurance company CEO who lives in a mountainside mansion with a hot tub and fine Italian wine we get this:

“You’ll see this big movement for repeal but you’ll very quickly hear ‘replace’” he said. “Nobody on either side of the aisle is willing to tell families, ‘you know that 26-year-old you got covered under your policy? You can’t do that anymore.’ Or ‘You know that kid that’s survived cancer and is hitting his limits on health-care costs? We’re going to put the limits back on the kid.’”
Woah, Mark 'I Profit When You Die From Cancer' Bertolini, 'that kid' and 'put the limits back on the kid.'

Is this 1-percent-er out of his freaking mind?! He refers to children who his very company has abused in the past, potentially contributing to their deaths -- and certainly to their parents' financial distress -- by immorally capping health care, as 'the kid' or 'that kid that's survived cancer.'

Yup, this is Mark's analysis of the Supreme Court's action on health care reform -- and why it is such a bummer that he'll actually have to start paying for the health care of 'kids' -- such a flippant way to refer to a child by a CEO -- with cancer.

I don't know what's more appalling and disgusting -- his diction or the fact that he even thinks it was ever OK to cap the health care of a child who has survived cancer. That's the mind of a sadist -- yes, anyone who thinks that kind of corporate behavior is moral, ethical or worthy of a human being, is absolutely demented.

I suppose it takes a cruel person, though, to make millions off of a 'health care' company that is nothing more than a pseudo-investment bank, which profits only when it does not do things related to health care, like, you know, paying for it.

And, it's not just Mark. United Healthcare's profiteer in chief is showing his true colors, too, in discussing future conflict over funding reform:

The debate over funding will be “an element of every budget going forward forever,” UnitedHealth’s Stephen Hemsley said at the conference (UNH). “There’ll be opportunities to shape this in ways that will work well within the marketplace.”
'Shape this in ways that will work well within the marketplace'? Yup -- that's big-profit insurance language for socializing the profits of Wall Street while everyday Americans are stuck with crap-surance that covers nothing and has a $10,000 deductible.

What freaking assholes -- let's fire them both with Medicare for all.

Originally posted to james321 on Wed May 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by Single Payer California.

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  •  Its an insurance company that makes money. (4+ / 0-)

    Nothing stunning or cruel as it is just a dollar and cents analysis.  If real people with faces and lives come to the forefront then it becomes too difficult to just dismiss their needs.   Right now health insurance is in the marketplace.  All insurance costs money whether directly or indirectly.  I do not expect anything more from the insurance model. Unless I had a substantial share of their company's stock I cannot fire anyone, no matter how cold and cruel they may be.

  •  I think this link will help your diary (2+ / 0-)
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    james321, ladybug53

    Thanks for the heads up on this total a^&%le.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed May 30, 2012 at 02:46:28 PM PDT

  •  Doctors Versus Admins: (4+ / 0-)
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    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed May 30, 2012 at 03:16:00 PM PDT

  •  There are just some things that should not be for (3+ / 0-)

    profit. Medical care is one of them!

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Wed May 30, 2012 at 03:28:48 PM PDT

  •  Devil's Advocate (2+ / 0-)
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    Justanothernyer, ladybug53

    Mark Bertolini is trying to explain why the Affordable Care Act will not be repealed outright, even if Romney wins the election and the Republicans get control of the Senate.  To this end, he asks us to imagine a politician who, in trying to defend his bill to repeal Obamacare, has to tell the American people that two of the most popular provisions of that law will be eliminated.  Now, such a politician would not actually utter the words in Bertolini’s hypothetical quotations, especially the second one, which uses the word “kid.”  So what Bertolini is doing in the hypothetical quotations is to suggest not what the politician bent on repeal would actually say, but how it would come across. The use of the word “kid” conveys a hardboiled attitude, devoid of all sympathy and sentiment.  Even with a majority of Republicans in control of Congress, there are not enough politicians willing to be seen as so mean and uncaring as to restore limits on health-care costs for a sick child.

    So Bertolini is not using the word “kid” to refer to a sick child directly, but rather uses that word to give us a sense of how coldhearted it would sound for a politician to try to explain why he wants to snatch this benefit away now that it has been granted.

  •  You are over-reacting, I think, to everyday (1+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53 and political considerations.

    Throughout written history, right up to the very present, we have always selected the most sociopathic amongst ourselves to lead the group -- whether a CEO or a President or even a preacher.

    This is a characteristic dynamic of human group behaviors. Hard calculations must be made to fulfill the mandates of the job. People are abandoned to die, starve, go crazy, or go missing -- so the designated group can survive. Only a sociopath can do that job.

    The problem comes when such remarks are overheard.

    It's a young planet and a very young species. Homo Sapiens hasn't been around all that long. Homo Erectus was around nine times longer than we have been here, so far. They must have been peace-loving socialists and tree-huggers to hang on so long without fucking up the planet.

    According to the Tea Party, there are three kinds of Conservatives: "Those who can do math and those who can't."

    by Pluto on Wed May 30, 2012 at 04:29:55 PM PDT

    •  They didn't have the ability (0+ / 0-)

      to fuck up the planet. We've only been doing it for roughly 150 years.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Wed May 30, 2012 at 07:33:03 PM PDT

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