Yesterday was a sad day for me. I knew that it was coming. I just wouldn’t accept it until I heard the man say it. Yesterday the man said it. He said something to the effect that since we are not building a system from scratch, we pretty much have to use what Americans have come to expect and that is employer provided health care. Shame on you Barack Obama! You have caved to the insurance industry. Those bastards have come up with a plan to save 2 trillion dollars over ten years. Yeah right! This is like giving an alcoholic the keys to your bar and telling him to clean up. You end up getting cleaned out!
To be fair to Obama, the President does not write legislation. That job falls to Congress, and in the Senate, the man calling the shots is Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). Senator Baucus is the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee which oversees health programs under the Social Security Act and health programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund. According to Consumer Watchdog, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has received more campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries than any other current Democratic member of the House or Senate; the third highest contributions of any member of Congress. See the conflict of interest?
Friday’s edition of the New York Times explains how the current plan is shaping up. The more I read, the more disgusted I got. The Democrats are going to fuck things up simply because they are Democrats. And this is where I blame Obama. As the head of the party, he needs to make good on his promise of getting the special interest groups out of policy making. If it’s good for them, how in the hell is it going to be good for us? There is no incentive for the insurance companies to make this work.
Fortunately, for me, I will finally start using the Veterans Administration for my health carewhich is a form of single payer. I earned it, I might as well use it. The Democrats need to look at that model and that of Medicare. Medicaid should be abolished altogether. Ones social status should not affect ones health care. But in the end it appears that we are going to end up with another convoluted government program. Obama wins either way. He can alway put the blame on Congress for delivering an imperfect program yet take all the credit for delivering something.