After watching two of the three senate committee hearings that dealt with heath care, I was reminded of a saying I once heard but for the life of me I can’t remember where I heard it: There is nothing more reliable than a man whose loyalty can be bought for hard cash. That pretty much sums up what passes for democracy in the
Some background is in order in case you missed the hearings.
President Obama and the Democratic congressional leaders have promised that they are going to fix our broken health care system. Finally. After all, it has only been sixty years since President Truman tried to initiate a system that would cover every person in the country rather than leave 45 million people without health care and another 50 million underinsured. 23,000 people die every year in the
Health care is the talk of
On capital hill the congress is holding hearings to devise ways to expand the broken system we have now: higher premiums; higher co-pays; higher deductibles while 14,000 workers loose their health care every day in this depression. Congress invited representatives of the health care industry, insurance companies, big pharma, and just about anyone who would reap profits from maintaining the current system to speak. They talked, and talked, and talked.
But some alternatives were not being talked about at all except by demonstrators whom the capital police hauled away and arrested. Their crime? To demand that representatives who favor a publicly financed, single-payer health care system be allowed at the table. Those filthy pinko, commie, fags.
Why is single payer not at the table? Members of the House and Senate are being loyal. The loyalty of members of the House and Senate have been bought for hard cash. The health care industry, which spent more than $500 million dollars in the last year on lobbying and campaign contributions, has great faith in the reliability of the members whom they have bought. Max Baucus, the chair of the Senate committee, received more money from the health care industry than any other member of congress. Every other member of the committee also received money from the industry.
“In 2003,” Bill Moyers reported last week, “a young
Democrats now have the White House and the Senate and the House. What the hell happened to single-payer universal health care?
Change we can believe in I guess.