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Monday, September 22, 2008

What do Health Care and Wall Street Have In Common?

In the latest issue of , Contingencies, McCain's brilliant plan for health care reform is spelled out by the McCain party. To summarize, McCain's plan is to make the health care system more akin to the finance industry that he worked so hard with Bush to destroy. You heard me right. More like the finance industry! In the words of Kyle's mom, "What?!What?!What?!"

"Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation."

Now there's a plan.
Hey, wait, is that not that the industry that's in the process of imploding right now? Oh, yeah, yeah, it is.

McCain's health care plan would create a situation in which millions of working families would begin paying a new tax on health benefits, millions more would be dropped from their existing coverage, and an unregulated insurance industry would be left to offer absurdly expensive, exclusive, or inadequate coverage in their policies. Therefore, potentially and most likely, creating even more uninsured Americans than we have today.

Sign me up!

A study, conducted by the economist, over at Health Affairs, estimates that 20 million Americans could lose their current health coverage under McCain's ingenious plan. They further acknowledge that with 160 million people receiving coverage through employers, effects could be even larger, devastating, I believe was the word they used. Under McCain's plan, employer's would be given incentives to drop coverage and push workers into the private market, a market which would be unregulated.

Unregulated. Let that marinate a while.

To put into perspective, in the private market, you can be turned down for a pre-existing condition, or any "health issue" that the insurer deems too costly to them. I have epilepsy. I'd be screwed. He says he wants to actually decrease protections for consumers. Decrease protections for consumers? That makes it even harder to get care. All I can say to this is WTF???!!!

I actually saw a McCain/Palin bumper sticker on a car today, right next to a W sticker. I just don't get it. If the past eight years hasn't been enough, what will?

Is it any wonder I am a bundle of nerves these days?

6 cookies cracked:

Jay said...

Of course the great thing about being John McCain is that you can say something or write something and then just deny that it ever happened. Then, when he's in front of a crowd that he knows would like that plan, he'll trot it out again and get a big round of applause. Then he'll deny he said it again.

It's a pretty good plan too.

Chatty said...

yeah. it's marinating all right. But, probably with the wrong people - by which I mean the people who are already appalled at the possibility of the McCain/Palin ticket actually running this country for the next four years.

I find it tremendously sad and froth-generatingly MADDENING that excellent posts such as yours will only be read by those who ALREADY agree with you


Love to you and Wifester - and KEEP shouting - you never know who's listening...

Tink said...

We should all pray to the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster. Maybe he'll eat McCain if we pray hard enough.

gary rith said...

Jaysus, puhleeeezzze.

Reb said...

Wow, so glad I have different asshats to vote for.

Fortune Cookies said...

jay- yeah, and he'll probably paint obama as the flip-flopper! it's infuriating!

chatty- thanks!hopefully it resonates with someone who's still on the fence or someone who is open minded enough to still see truth.

tink- if i pray to the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster, will the Almighty Swimming Nine Legged Tofu Goddess condemn me to some torturous eternity? i don't wanna make anyone mad... ;)

gary-yee-haw! where'd you pick up that twang?

reb-asshats! ha! i do believe that is the best description i've heard as of yet for any of them!