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Can American Health Insurance Be Repaired?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Naysayers to the “public option,” or “single payer” health insurance plan claim that it’s “socialized medicine.” You know… much like what Military Service Members  – and their families – in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines have access to. And to be certain, the health insurance “money grab” came through Richard Nixon‘s signature on a bill written by  Massachusetts’ U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy… the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973.

Before that law was passed, it was ILLEGAL to profit from delivery of healthcare services. Now, we have avariciously rapacious Wall-Street masters slave driving the people for more and more and more and more profit. The greedy, never-ending quest for profits has quickly deteriorated the American healthcare delivery system, which was once a marvel of the world. Now, according to the World Health Organization 2000 report of its 191 member nations health systems, the United States ranked 37th in efficiency worldwide, while France, Italy, San Marino, Andorra, and Malta round out the top five most efficient nations for delivery of healthcare services. Japan ranks 10th, while the United Kingdom is 18th, and Canada is 30th. The United States is sandwiched in between Costa Rica, and Slovenia, respectively.

Truth be told – and it’s sad to say – there are probably as many corrupt Democrats as there are corrupt Republicans, neither of whom have the people’s best interests at heart, or in mind. Such ones’ solitary concern is with their own wallet, and how they can profit privately at taxpayer expense. That includes graft through directing contracts and business toward friends’ business interests.

Look at Howard Dean, for example. Once a physician, then Vermont Governor, he’s now a consultant for McKenna, Long & Aldridge, a lobbying/legal firm. And Joe Lieberman is buddy-buddy with POS45, because he was once Senior Counsel at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, a New York City law firm whose clients include Donald Trump, which specializes in white collar criminal defense and investigations. Of course, that’s also completely ignoring the fact that Lieberman fawned over Amway billionairess Betsy DeVos, whom POS45 nominated as Secretary of Education, despite the fact that, like POS45, had no experience whatsoever in the field.

The “There ought to be a law!” idiom should include there oughta’ be a law prohibiting lobbying, being involved with, or attempting to influence, directly or indirectly, any governmental entity or operation five years after public service, and/or three years after conclusion of the administration in which one served.

Why Lieberman Hates the Public Option

Theories explaining the senator’s threat to filibuster the health care bill if it includes a public option

by Mara Gay, October 28, 2009

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/10/why-lieberman-hates-the-public-option/347740/

This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.

The public option was on a roll. Then, on Tuesday, Sen. Joe Lieberman threatened to filibuster the health care bill if it includes a public option, which he says would create “trouble for taxpayers, for the premium payers and for the national debt.” Liberals are once again at war with Lieberman, who has been on the outs with Democrats since ditching the party and campaigning for John McCain. Left-wing pundits are laying on the derision, while everyone else asks: what is Lieberman after?

• Power Grab
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder says Lieberman’s maneuvering is a clear play for more influence over the final bill. “The final bill, post-conference, is going to look a bit different from the reconciled Senate bill,” he explains. “Lieberman is giving himself the power to influence the final bill. I doubt that the Senate leadership is going to press him too hard right now, preferring to see if he can be accommodated in the final debate.” At Gawker, Amrita Rajan agrees. “Joe Lieberman Would Like Some Attention Please,” her headline says.

• Attention Grab
At Slate, John Dickerson says Lieberman isn’t trying to kill health care reform, just gain a little bit of the spotlight. “He wants to be the one courted. Think of him as the new Olympia Snowe. The bazaar is open in the Senate, and moderate senators who want to be wooed by the White House can do so by expressing their ‘concerns.'” Dickerson says this is “exactly the kind of hardball politics that public option advocates have been asking Obama to use against moderate senators.”

• Resents Democrats
At The New Republic, Jonathan Chait says Lieberman is “furious with the party, resentful of President Obama (who beat his friend in 2008) and would relish a Democratic catastrophe…Lieberman won’t join a futile filibuster, but if he has the chance to stick in the knife and kill health care reform, I think he’d probably jump at the chance.” And he suggests Lieberman’s true constituents may be quite wary of the public option. “Another reason for his position, of course, is that Connecticut is home to some huge insurance companies, who don’t want any new competition.”

• In the Pocket of Insurance Companies
At The Daily Beast, Paul Begala goes for blood. “Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is identified as (I-CT). But the ‘I’ does not stand for ‘Independent.’ It stands for ‘Insurance Industry.'” Begala says Lieberman opposed reform in 1993 and 1994 for the same reasons he opposes it now: he receives significant support from the insurance companies. “Lieberman sided with insurance companies against sick people, and with insurance companies against citizens who want to sue to protect their rights in court. As The New York Times reported, ‘Many of Mr. Lieberman’s friends said he had no alternative but to take this position because it was the one favored by the insurance industry. The industry is important to Connecticut’s economy and has generously donated to Mr. Lieberman’s campaigns over the years.'”

• Bluffing
At The Washington Post, Ezra Klein doesn’t believe Lieberman will filibuster. “Lieberman has not, traditionally, been conservative on health-care issues. He’s a moralist and a hawk, but not a particular critic of the safety net.” Klein says Lieberman’s argument against the public option is “simply false,” which leads him to believe that the Senator is bluffing. Still, Klein concedes, “it may be that his friction with the Democrats has changed him.” 

 

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