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Health Care vs. the Profit Principle

Posted by nytexan on July 17, 2007

It’s always nice to see the President take a principled stand on something. The man formerly known as “43,” and now perhaps better named “29” for his record-breaking approval rating, is promising to battle any expansion of government health insurance for children — and not because he hates children or refuses to cough up the funds. No, this is a battle over principle: private health care vs. government-provided health care. Speaking in Cleveland this week, Bush boldly asserted:

  • I strongly object to the government providing incentives for people to leave private medicine, private health care to the public sector. And I think it’s wrong and I think it’s a mistake. And therefore, I will resist Congress’s attempt … to federalize medicine…In my judgment that would be — it would lead to not better medicine, but worse medicine. It would lead to not more innovation, but less innovation.

Now you don’t have to have seen “Sicko” to know that if there is one area of human endeavor where private enterprise doesn’t work, it’s health care. Consider the private, profit-making, insurance industry that Bush is so determined to defend. What “innovations” has it produced? The deductible, the co-pay, and the pre-existing condition are the only ones that leap to mind. In general, the great accomplishment of the private health insurance industry has been to overturn the very meaning of “insurance,” which is risk-sharing: We all put in some money, though only some of us will need to draw on the common pool by using expensive health care. And the insurance companies have overturned it by refusing to insure the people who need care the most – those who are already, or are likely to become, sick.

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12 Responses to “Health Care vs. the Profit Principle”

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  2. phil_in_ny said

    Its so true. I think a the privatization of health care goes against everything we stand for as a country. Health should not be a business.

  3. Health Care vs. the Profit Principle

    Great post. Thanks! I’ll add a link to your post.

  4. It’s so easy for lay-abouts like George Bush to make statements like this when in fact, his healthcare is paid for by the Federal government and funded by the American taxpayer.

    Another case of, “I’ve got mine, so the rest of you can go fuck yourselves.”

    Bush, Pickles and the twins will never be without: they will always have healthcare, so Bush needs to shut his piehole.

  5. nytexan said

    Phil:
    Private health care is a racket. You pay your premiums and then you are denied your claim. Everyday in the legal field, I experience insurance companies subrogating a claim for a full refund of all bills they have covered and you have paid. That is so wrong. People pay for coverage with their premiums and co pays and yet they go bankrupt or to collection agencies. While insurance companies get refunds and get wealthier.

    People who are against a national health care program are ignorant about the reality of the number of children that are not covered, the number of claims that are denied because doctors are dealing with insurance adjusters on treatment and not a doctor, they are ignorant to the fact that people are denied medication because the insurance companied feels it cost to much.

  6. nytexan said

    Christopher:
    You are so correct. The attitude of the wealthy in this country is disgraceful. Bush has no idea what its like for many families who struggle just to pay bills and feed their children. For these families, healthcare is a luxury.

    The arrogance of the elite and the ignorance of the people that follow their selfish attitude is beyond explanation. The bottom line is GREED.

  7. kip152 said

    1. America is the only top-tier nation without all-inclusive healthcare.
    2. The closest we ever got to national healthcare was during the Nixon Administration, and he torpedoed it.

  8. nytexan said

    It is shameful. We have been trying to get a national health care program since Teddy Roosevelt first introduced it in 1912. That is disgraceful almost 100 years of no movement for all Americans.

  9. D-day said

    And just try to qualify for Medicaid when the determination of your qualifying is contracted out to a private company.

  10. mirth said

    With Hillary Clinton (aka Ms Corporate) as prez, we will not see a change away from healthcare as a business.

  11. nytexan said

    D-day:
    Opposition to a national plan will sometimes point to the failures of Medicare and Medicaid. But what what those opponents failed to say is that both are out sourced. The incompetents of the out sourcing is the bulk of the problem. BTW outsourcing on these two have been going on for years. Thats one of the ways Ross Periot got so rich.

    When we, have cases that are either going to trial or mediation and Medicare or Medicaid have a subrogated claim, you have to request the full dollar amount at least 3 months before and even then your lucky if you get a response. Most of the time we have to estimate the real dollar amount so the client doesn’t get screwed by the government.

    Mirth:
    Anyone who thinks that Hillary will do anything for the poor or middle class or health care has not been paying attention for last several years.She talks about the poor behavior of Wal-Mart, but she gained plenty of income off their stock. The trust that she and Bill just cashed in had a huge Wal-Mart portfolio.

  12. ClapSo said

    For anyone that wishes to gain info on this subject I suggest the following site:

    Physicians for a National Health Program

    It’s all about the numbers…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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