Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Unlucky Sevens

Health insurance costs rise 7.7%, twice the rate of inflation. More signs of another disastrously failed direction the nation's been taken in by the Bush administration.

Citizens should have health coverage, including precription plans, as part of being a citizen. Pitting workers against their employers and tying specific employment to specific plans is a recipe for disaster that's already poisoning millions.

The "health savings account" plans this vile administration has pushed, and turn people into "savvy consumers" of healthcare are at worst a cynical sham and at best ignorance on the part of a ruling class that rivals "let them eat cake." It's so much like the economic policies where they convince the simple-minded that they're their friends by saying "It's your money" when what they're really saying is "we got ours, you have to fend for yourselves."

Telling people that they're being given opportunities to buy the kind of healthcare they need ignores the simple fact that the vast majority of the people in this naion cannot reasonably afford the healthcare they need.

We cannot afford this trend to continue. This is not the path of a civilized nation, not the demeanor of a civilized government to its citizens. This is how a haughty elite treats those it sees as beneath it.

We need new leadership. We need a new plan. We need a government that exists for the betterment of its citizens. Not one that sees us as grist for the mill, beasts of burden, or simply as a burden.

If HMOs work, then a single-payer plan - the government - can assume the role currently taken by hundreds of thousands of businesses across the nation. Monies will still come in from businesses and in taxes from us, and we may have to pay a little more in taxes up front, but it can be done. It must be done.

The next time you hear someone say "socialized medicine" as if it were the name of the boogeyman or something to be spat out and reviled, be aware that you're most likely hearing someone who's been brainwashed by the repetitious liars serving a ruling elite, or are perhaps even members of that elite themselves.


Blogger Highlander said...

Preaching to the choir, here. HSAs are a dreadful scam; unless you're well off enough to benefit from the minor tax break, there's not much point in having them.

I have an FSA now, but only because it will help fill the 'hole' in coverage in my high deductible insurance if anything should happen to me. But we're spending it down like mad, because if nothing DOES happen to me, then I lose all that money at the end of the year.

I will admit, the fact that the account is prefunded, and comes with a VISA card I can use to access it, has made it very handy. We now have probably the best equipped medicine cabinet in North America. But it's no substitute for an actual national health care system.

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