Sunday, May 29, 2005

SECRET MEETINGS About Healthcare

I am old enough to remember many things. One thing I recall like it was yesterday was Hillary Clinton chairing secret healthcare proposal meetings. The GOP howled like demented bats and crushed her using scary TV ads and accusing her of being secretive.

So, what is in today's health news?
At a time when Congress has been torn by partisan battles, 24 ideologically disparate leaders representing the health care industry, corporations and unions, and conservative and liberal groups have been meeting secretly for months to seek a consensus on proposals to provide coverage for the growing number of people with no health insurance.
Why? Why hide this?
By meeting in secret, the group has tried to shield itself from political pressures.
Excuse me, last time I looked at the propaganda we all swallow daily, this country was supposed to be the leader of the free world and a democracy. This means we should be open to political pressure. The people in this secret cabal are all politically connected up the yin yang. Many are outright politicians. On the far right and from the middle, they have united to stop what?

The left. We want universal health care like all other sane nations have. This means eliminating the various middlemen such as insurance companies and their vast infrastructure which exists to deny health care. So not one person from the left was clued into the existence of this conspiratorial meeting.
The participants, ranging from the liberal Families USA to the conservative Heritage Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce, said they had made progress in trying to overcome the ideological impasse that has stymied action on the problem for eight years. The group also includes top executives from AARP, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Johnson & Johnson, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association, Pfizer and the Service Employees International Union.
The unions want to protect their gains, the drug companies want to protect their profits, the other entities have many goals none of which involve keeping us alive.

Our rulers want to use a front organization, in this case, working in secret conspiracy, to present us with a do or die choice: their way or the highway. The simple and obvious choice, to copy the systems of all other civilized countries, won't be offered to us, instead, a useless patchwork quilt of half coverage will be tossed to us and those of us who have full insurance and I happen to be one such, will see it greatly reduced while the uninsured will still be kept in a bad state. The goal is to reduce the money flowing through the health system without interfering with profit centers.
The 24-member group takes a pragmatic approach, members said, looking for incremental steps.

"People are uninsured for different reasons," said Dr. Mary E. Frank, the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a participant in the talks. "No one solution will work for everyone. We need different solutions for different groups of the uninsured."
One solution can work for everyone! I don't care why someone is without health insurance! There are a million ways to fall between the cracks. A simple single payer plan will eliminate around 100% of these reasons, ipso facto.

So of course, this is the one option no one is entertaining.