Obama's Health Reform in Jeopardy? Don't You Believe it
by Jeffrey Dach MD
It's a Slam Dunk, and Here's Why
Although it may appear that corporate medicine's opposition is strong enough to kill health care reform, I would argue that Obama's health reform is now a slam dunk inevitability. Not only that, Obama's public health plan will mean the end of the health insurance industry. And, I say good riddance to this bloated evil empire.
Image left: Slam dunk courtesy of wikimedia commons.
Enemies of Health Reform Line Up for Battle to the Death
The major enemy of health reform is the Health Insurance Industry, and its proxy, the AMA (American Medical Association). With billions of dollars of revenue at stake, the seven major health insurance companies are not planning to die without a bitter fight.
1) Obama Hates the Insurance Industry. Every chance he gets, Obama recounts the personal story of his mother dying of breast cancer, all the while arguing from her hospital bed over insurance coverage. Obama retold his Mom's story on Jun 15 to the American Medical Association, and gave a stinging rebuke to the AMA which had published a statement opposing Obama's public option. Obama said at a recent Press Conference, "the public option is an important tool to discipline the health insurance industry."
2) Obama's Rebuke to the AMA is Child's Play
The American Medical Association has opposed public health care for a 100 years, so it is not surprising that the AMA's recently issued statement opposed Obama's public health insurance option. The AMA is clearly acting as a proxy, and representing the interests of the health insurance industry.
Obama grabbed the national spotlight with his address to the AMA convention in Chicago on June 15. Obama's speech was a stinging rebuke to the doctor organization, and a striking example of how easy it is for Obama to completely and utterly decimate the opposing side. Obama excels at monopolizing national media to broadcast his persuasive arguments which totally destroy his adversary (in this case the AMA).
3) Obama Answers Only to Wall Street, and owes nothing to the health insurance industry, or the AMA. Obama's power base comes directly from Wall Street, and not from the health insurance industry. We recently witnessed Obama orchestrate a 13 trillion dollar government bail-out of Wall Street, while others, such as the auto industry, are left to fend for themselves or file bankruptcy. The health insurance industry will receive the same indifference, disdain and non-treatment.
John Kusumi says in an Op-Ed article: "If you look also at the people that Obama has put on his appointments list, it's all Wall Street. It's government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. There's nobody from heavy industry. There's nobody from the auto sector. Nobody from Silicon Valley. Nobody from big oil. Nobody from defense. No labor, no women, no retirees, no small business, nothing. It's pure Wall Street. The only people who have a voice in Obama's councils are Wall Street finance oligarchs. That's all there is. Nobody else counts for anything under Obama. It's the most extreme Wall Street administration we've ever had."
4) Good News and Bad News. The Good News is that Obama's Popularity Will Surge. Passage of Obama's public health insurance option will be immensely popular with the people. Now, the bad news: Obama's increased popularity will facilitate the continuation of an overseas military agenda, and a continuation of the policies of the Bush era which rolled back our civil liberties, and concentrated immense power in the office of the presidency.
5) Power of Obama's Presidency. Obama inherits from the Bush legacy a totally new office of the presidency with unprecedented executive powers. Obama will destroy the health insurance industry with a vengeance, because he can. One tool is the executive signing order.
6) Money to Pay for the New Plan. The new plan is estimated to cost ten trillion dollars over ten years. This is peanuts compared to the 13 trillion just dumped into the black hole of a failing Wall Street Banking system. And, this is peanuts compared to the immense military spending every year which maintains our overseas military presence.
Savings will pay for the plan: Besides, we are now paying double per capita for health care than most other countries that already enjoy single payer health care. This suggests we can cut our national health care bill in half just by eliminating the middle man, the bloated and corrupt health insurance industry that steals our health care dollars while withholding health care to the needy.
7) Hyperinflation Around the Corner? This is another reason why we need health care reform. A public health insurance option is the only way to provide health services to a population with purchasing power eroded by a hyperinflationary environment.
8) Health Insurance Insiders Speak Out and Spill The Beans
Wendell Potter, a career insider in the health insurance industry for many years, has turned hero and speaks out about the secret, deceptive and corrupt practices of the health insurance industry. Wendell Potter says, "I'm the former insurance industry insider now speaking out about how big for-profit insurers have hijacked our health care system and turned it into a giant ATM for Wall Street investors, and how the industry is using its massive wealth and influence to determine what is (and is not) included in the health care reform legislation members of Congress are now writing."
Above left image: courtesy of Wendell Potter.
Jay Rockefeller's senate committee says: "Deceptive practices by insurance companies are not only misleading and widespread, they are absolutely unacceptable to me."
9) Battle for Control of Corporate Media- Obama Wins Again
In spite of corporate control of the media which censures, and omits key information from the health care debate, Obama wins again. Here is an example. The three major newspapers tried to cut out a key Obama reference to single payer health care in their coverage of his AMA speech.
"Apparently, the editors of the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times did not think their readers would be interested in knowing that President Obama believes “there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.”
However, three of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers—the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times—did publish quotes from the president’s speech that artfully took language from both immediately before and after the president’s statement that single-payer systems work." (link)
An Entire Industry Laid to Rest
Obama's public option health plan is a slam dunk and will be a far better alternative to our current corrupt health insurance industry which profits by withholding health care from the sick. At the end of the day, after the dust clears, the Health Insurance Industry will be eliminated, destroyed, erased, obliterated, disemboweled, gone, bye bye, sayonara. They will be laid to rest (see left image)
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Links and References
AMA Opposes Obama Public Plan
Doctors’ Group Opposes Public Insurance Plan Sign in to Recommend. By ROBERT PEAR June 10, 2009 NY Times. The American Medical Association said: “The A.M.A. does not believe that creating a public health insurance option for non-disabled individuals under age 65 is the best way to expand health insurance coverage and lower costs. The introduction of a new public plan threatens to restrict patient choice by driving out private insurers, which currently provide coverage for nearly 70 percent of Americans.”
The New York Times reported Thursday that the powerful Chicago-based physician group “will oppose creation of a government-sponsored health-insurance plan,” a key tenet of the president’s reform plan.
AMA Reverses Itself on Plan
That Didn't Take Long Part II: The AMA Takes Mere Hours to Reverse Themselves
Posted on June 11th, 2009 by Jason Rosenbaum in Profits Before People
Doctors deeply divided over national health care reform. The American Medical Association is one powerful voice on the subject, but it's far from the only one. The AMA opposes President Obama's public insurance option, which he will try to push through Congress this year. But the AMA represents only 20 percent of physicians.By CHEN MAY YEE, Star Tribune June 27, 2009
Obama Gives Stinging Rebuke to the AMA
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois June 15, 2009.
"I'll be honest; there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well." quote Obama
Reverse Free Speech: major newspapers expunge inconvenient Obama comment
Apparently, the editors of the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times did not think their readers would be interested in knowing that President Obama believes “there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well.”
However, three of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers—the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times—did publish quotes from the president’s speech that artfully took language from both immediately before and after the president’s statement that single-payer systems work.
President Obama's speech to American Medical Association June 15 2009
"That is why we need to end the practice of denying coverage on the basis of preexisting conditions. The days of cherry-picking who to cover and who to deny – those days are over. This is personal for me. I will never forget watching my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final days, worrying about whether her insurer would claim her illness was a preexisting condition so it could get out of providing coverage. Changing the current approach to preexisting conditions is the least we can do – for my mother and every other mother, father, son, and daughter, who has suffered under this practice. And it will put health care within reach for millions of Americans." quote Barack Obama Address to the AMA June 15 2009.
The Enemies of Our Health Care
http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Enemies-of-Our-Healthc-by-Rafe-Pilgrim-090625-115.html The Enemies of Our Healthcare by Rafe Pilgrim
Health Insurance Industry Despicablem Deceptive, Misleading
06/24/09 BREAKING NEWS: Chairman Rockefeller Releases New Investigative Report Revealing Widespread Deceptive Health Insurance Practices
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) announces the release of an investigative report, “Underpayments to Consumers by the Health Insurance Industry”.
Statement from Chairman Rockefeller:
“The Committee’s report reveals that millions of Americans have been forced to pay unjustified extra charges for health insurance coverage when they go out of network. This is outrageous at any time, but especially as families all throughout our country are doing everything they can to make ends meet in this economy – this is despicable. Deceptive practices by insurance companies are not only misleading and widespread, they are absolutely unacceptable to me and I won’t give up the fight for consumers until we bring this to a stop forever.”
Health Insurance Insider Speaks Out- Wendell Potter
A Health Insurance Insider Blows the Whistle on the Industry's Abusive Practices
By Monica Sanchez
Rescission is devastating to people when they need care the most (watch how this ‘rescission’ policy has affected one Texas woman suffering from breast cancer), and it is a very common practice. In fact, the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee released a report on its investigation into three insurers, which found that the insurers had canceled the coverage of roughly 20,000 people in a five-year period, allowing the companies to avoid paying $300 million in claims.
The Health Care Industry vs. Health Reform
Submitted by Wendell Potter on June 24, 2009 - 12:12pm. corporationshealthlobbying
"I'm the former insurance industry insider now speaking out about how big for-profit insurers have hijacked our health care system and turned it into a giant ATM for Wall Street investors, and how the industry is using its massive wealth and influence to determine what is (and is not) included in the health care reform legislation members of Congress are now writing."
Obama: Discipline the Insurance Companies
Obama: Health reform needs public insurer option
"The public plan, I think, is an important tool to discipline insurance companies," Obama told a White House news conference.
The United States spends some $2.5 trillion annually on healthcare, about 16 percent of gross domestic product, but trails many developed countries on important measures of health. Some 47 million Americans are uninsured and have little access to the healthcare system.
an organization representing private health insurance companies made public its blunt rejection of any state-run health plan, posting a June 19 letter to Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy on its website.
"A government plan option -- in any form -- is unnecessary to achieve comprehensive reform and would have devastating consequences on the health insurance coverage," said the letter from the heads of America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
Republicans and private insurance companies have raised concerns over a public plan, arguing it would lead to a government takeover of the entire U.S. healthcare system and drive private insurance companies out of business.
Obama rejected that notion at his news conference.
"If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care; if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical," he said. "They should be able to compete."
Public Plan Imperiled
How the "Public Option" of Health Insurance Went From Inevitable to Imperiled
Some straight talk from a straight-laced federal agency puts government-run insurance on the brink Peter Suderman | June 29, 2009
ObamaCare Isn't Inevitable , Americans are increasingly concerned about the cost -- in money and personal freedom -- of the president's nanny-state initiatives.
Obama healthcare reform threatens truce with business. By Laurent Belsie | 06.23.09
The Sham and Shame of the Health Reform “Debate”: The Charade Goes On
Posted by John Geyman, MD on Monday, Jun 22, 2009
Dave Lindorff: Obama's Health Reform Waterloo
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Fri, 06/19/2009
How Obama could lose health fight
Obama Takes the Ball on Health Reform by Maggie Mahar
Health Reform a Slam Dunk
Obama: Health Care Reform Will 'Absolutely' Be Passed By End of Year
The president argued Wednesday that the country will be "worse off" without a dramatic overhaul of the nation's health care system.
Obama and Wall Street
"If you look also at the people that Obama has put on his appointments list, it's all Wall Street. It's government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. There's nobody from heavy industry. There's nobody from the auto sector. Nobody from Silicon Valley. Nobody from big oil. Nobody from defense. No labor, no women, no retirees, no small business, nothing. It's pure Wall Street. The only people who have a voice in Obama's councils are Wall Street finance oligarchs. That's all there is. Nobody else counts for anything under Obama. It's the most extreme Wall Street administration we've ever had."
Public Plan would Destroy the Health Insurance Industry
OPINIONJUNE 15, 2009.The 'Public Plan' Would Be the Only Plan. It's impossible for private insurers to 'compete' with government.
Abraham Verghese Wall Street Journal
The Myth of Prevention
A doctor explains why it doesn’t pay to stay well. Decoding what works, what falls short in Obama’s plans to reform health care
By ABRAHAM VERGHESE June 19, 2009
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