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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chicken Little Congress

Note: I got this from Montana Maven, who gave anyone permission to publish it.

Senator Chuck Grassley pays $356.59 a month for health insurance with a $300 deductible. We pay for his cheap care with our taxes. When asked why we can’t have what he has with our tax money, he told the guy to “Get a job with the Feds”. Hey, Chuck, guess you forgot whom your boss is. It should be us. But like Max who received $3,902,785 from the health care industry over his career, Wellpoint and Blue Cross Blue Shield might have better seats at the Chuck’s table.

Americans are already paying more in taxes for health care than Canadians and are not as healthy. We have the fourth highest infant mortality rate of the 30 developed countries. We are 24th of the 30 countries in life expectancy. That’s because we have a for profit insurance based system. We have great health care providers, but we are often denied full access by some insurance bureaucrat.

Health insurance is not health care. Trying to figure out how to keep the profit in health care is a losing proposition. Other countries use insurance companies to manage bill paying but all of them are non profit.

And we have the money to pay for it. All our Chicken Little legislators do is squawk, “Cost, cost, cost!” like a bunch of hens. We have a $16 Trillion dollar economy. We just spent $160 billion bailing our insurance giant AIG. We spend over $1 Trillion a year on keeping 761 military bases in 150 countries. Come on, close a few of them. A measly $150 billion a year for health care is cheap and money much better spent because it is spent here in the good old U.S.A. on its hard working citizens. Support H.B. 676 Medicare for All. It’s a lot simpler than the Chicken Littles want you to believe.

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  • I appreciate the comment: Health insurance is not health care.

    What Congress needs to understand is that health insurance is the key to health care. Without that key, the door is locked. People who have no health insurance have almost no health care. They can go on the internet for sometimes questionable information and perhaps they can buy over the counter medications. People with inadequate health insurance may be able to see a physician for a minor medical matter but aren't likely to have access to preventative care, care for major illnesses and injuries or access to prescription medication needed on an ongoing basis.

    Any elected official against universal health care should be forced to go without health insurance for him/her and family for one year. Let them find experience the concern that no one gets sick or hurt and have to pay out of pocket if they do. I suspect they would change their tune quickly. The door to health care should never be locked for anyone!

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 10:40 AM  

  • Elizabeth Edwards was on Rachel Maddow's show on Wednesday evening following the President's press conference. The video is available online at
    (I missed part of it so I'll have to watch the beginning before commenting but the portion I saw was very insightful.)

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 11:07 AM  

  • EE was excellent on Rachel's show, thanks for sharing the link, indyvoter.

    By Blogger benny06, at 2:50 PM  

  • somehow they never talk about the cost to society of not having health care for everyone.

    By Blogger Chancelucky, at 2:38 PM  

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