Aug 6, 2009

Grassley uses Kennedy's cancer to create more fear over Health Care Reform

The GOP is fighting tooth'n'nail now as Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) uses Ted Kennedy's advanced age and his brain tumor to fearmonger against Health Care Reform legislation.

Now it's true that "rationing" may turn out to be a problem if reform is passed, especially with the need for more doctors and nurses in this country. But the GOP has no concern that for millions of non-wealthy Americans, the US health care system works like a rationing system now when you are shut out from getting care at all, or get attention only when medical conditions are beyond improvement or care arrives too late.

Can anything be more vampirish and selfish than insurance companies keeping a person who's in need of life-saving care on tenterhooks and filing more forms until time - and their lives - run out? The suffering they cause should be shameful to them.

If corporations are people, too and people have consciences, should corporations get in line for conscience transplants? That's a fund I'd donate to, if necessary, and no rationing allowed.

As it stands, insurance companies 'ration' treatment in preference for the health of their bottom lines, not for those who've paid them premiums for years. In this case, 'rationing' is another word for weeding out the sick, poor, and aged...aka, population control. And they're determined to hold on to their ability to do it - as if it's their 'right' because they worship the god of profits.

Enter Chuck Grassley, stage right.

But that's my populist mindset. Obviously Grassley and the GOP - and some Democrats - see things quite differently through the lens of gold standard care, don't they?

Meanwhile, it's the American people paying the lion's share of congressional insurance premiums! As I've complained here previously: congressmembers should pay 100% of their health care premiums and costs...then we'll talk.

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And check this out this video:

Sick For Profit by Brave New Films

From Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films:

United Healthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley owns $744,232,068 in unexercised stock options. CIGNA’s Edward Hanway spends his holidays in a $13 million beach house in New Jersey. Meanwhile, regular Americans are routinely denied coverage for the care they need when they need it most.

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Thanks for the links, Alex!
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