Health care is on the table, the examining table. Seems like there is an agreement that the health care system needs some tweaking. Although recently, the man we love to hate, Rush, was taken to the ER he said he got the best treatment possible. He probably did and he can afford to pay for his emergency treatment. I guess the main argument is how us normal non-millionaires would pay for the same treatment without going bust or bankrupt in the process.
Keep your underpants on! What happened to civil discourse?
I have my own ideas after having experienced socialized health care while living in Ireland, I think that is the way to go. A stop-gap procedure would be to have all health providers become non-proit and take them off the NYSX. There is something intrinsically evil about making money off of people’s illnesses, don’t you think? It seems to be all about the bottom line-dividends and DOS (Denial of Service) to boost the final spreadsheet. Is that a good thing?
Now the ‘discussion’ is ruled by the loudest voices fueled by fear-rhetoric signifying nothing. Maybe all those senators who get money from the health care providers should recuse themselves from the debate or shed the money they received. Who are they? Well heres a slim list in case you want to write them.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee who is seen as key to influencing other conservatives, received the most this year – $223,600. From 2003 through the end of 2008, Senator Baucus received nearly $2 million in contributions from the health care and insurance industries. Only presidential candidates John McCain (R-AZ: $7,690,168), John Kerry (D-MA: 7,453,749), and party-switching Arlen Spector (D-PA: $2,214,653) have received more.
Meanwhile, Rep. Rangel’s nearly $1.5 million places him right on the heels of the Senators.
Then there’s ‘Droopy’ Joe Liberman (I-Con) whose state is home to Aetna. “Senator Lieberman has received $448,066 in campaign contributions from the health insurance industry during his time in Washington,” said David Donnelly, Public Campaign Action Fund’s national campaigns director.
I think if the senators who took the health lobby’s money were actually to take the high road and recuse themselves from the debate, there would be a handful of honest politicians who would take us to the next level of affordable health care, and care for all.
All right, so here are my suggestions:
- Medicare for all
(or if that won’t fly)
- Public option for all the public
- Only not for-profit health providers allowed into the public option
- No denial of service for procedures
- Pay for it by restructuring the national budget so that more goes to health care and less to the Military/Pentagon
- New tax structure to make up the short fall, a fair sliding scale
I know there are holes, but I think it would be a good start.