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Republicans don't care if you have health insurance or not

By: David Phillips

August 10, 2009

Yoda’s World

 

The Health Care industry in spending $1.4 million dollars per day on campaign contributions for politicians, lobbyists and attack ads to maintain the status quo, they like things just the way they are. They know that a public option for health care would create competition which would either force them to lower their premiums or lose customers.

 

Countless republican politicians have even said that a public option would force many of the insurance companies to go out of business. Last year the top seven health insurance companies made more than $250 billion dollars, I don’t think any of them will be going out of business any time soon.

 

Right now as you read this, thousands are being dropped by insurance companies for getting sick; millions of others are not even allowed to buy insurance because of pre-existing health issues. And it they are lucky to get insurance they are paying even higher extortion prices for their coverage than a healthy person in his mid 20’s.

 

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently said: last year more than a million people had to declare bankruptcy due to health issue’s because their insurance companies dropped them once they got sick, or only covered a small portion then dropped them from their subscriber rolls. Sanders went on to say that 20,000 people die every year because they can’t see a doctor in time and only have access to emergency rooms.

 

Fear tactics:

 

By now most of you have seen the “mobs” at town hall meetings being held by elected officials across the country now that the August recess has begun for Congress. What you may not know is that the mobs are only showing up at Democratic town hall meetings, and that several health care lobby groups have sent out guides on how to disrupt and rile Democratic House and Senate members. Fox News has a schedule (PDF) on their web site of dates, times and places of town halls being held across America. After being called out by the Main Stream Media (MSM) for only posting a list of Democratic town hall meetings Fox placed a listing of Republican meetings as well.

 

A few quotes on Health Care Reform from Republicans politicians who say the some of the craziest lies to keep you scared.

 

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.): “There are no Americans who don’t have healthcare. Everybody in this country has access to healthcare,” she said.

 

Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK): "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil," Palin wrote.

 

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) “If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," DeMint said.

 

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Huffington Post asked Steele whether he agreed with Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) assessment that health care reform could be Obama's Waterloo -- a chance for the Republican Party to break the president politically. "I think that's a good way to put it," he responded.

 

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH): “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia if enacted into law,” said after looking at provisions for increased access to palliative care and end-of-life counseling in the new health care reform bill.

 

A few stats on health care in the United States

 

         The United States is Ranked 1st on what it spends on per capita for health care.

 

         The United States Health Care is Ranked 37th in the world.

 

         The United States is Ranked 24th in a Healthy Life Expectancy (HALE)

 

The National Coalition on Health Care

 

In 2008, health care spending in the United States reached $2.4 trillion, and was projected to reach $3.1 trillion in 2012.1 Health care spending is projected to reach $4.3 trillion by 2016.

 

The last stat, is the most important stat, that is to say, it’s the most important stat for the Health Care industry, for American’s it just means millions more will no longer be able afford health insurance.

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