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An Open Letter On Health Care

I've posted the following comments online:

There are thousands of stories out there, of the insurance industry engaging in a pattern of denial and delay when it comes to medical services. Hey, it's cheaper if the patient dies, right? Then we don't have to pay for chemo or for a transplant - and the insurance co. board doesn't really give a shit what the insured contract says.

Just like hurricane insurance - 'we'll insure for wind or water, but not both and we'll leave the details in very fine print - and regardless of which way they are covered, their damage is not.'


What is really interesting is the number of people who simply don't get it. We all are well aware the health care system is broken. Yet the voices of fear coupled with disinformation are rampant, and people are angry. Very angry. Which leads me to the question: How did it get like this?

Take Sara Palin's statement that we will coerce the elderly into some sort of early life termination. Could such a claim gain traction were we not engaged in some form of wide spread coercion? If we, as a nation, were not engaged in some wide spread form of denial and deception, could such a claim gain any traction among the population at all?

Is it not true to say, We Can Manufacture Consent For Just About Anything Today?

I've seen online advertisements for republican groups organizing around the basic principles of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, where the following peculiar phrase appears:

The Right To Life, Liberty, and Property.

To me that seems to suggest that if you do not own property, you have no rights. That isn't what the Constitution or the Declaration actually say.

It is my opinion that we have indeed engaged in widespread deceit and deception, and that television programming like Big Brother is little more than the sale of a level of dishonesty that is difficult to comprehend. I further believe that this leads to justification of ever more dishonesty, ever more deceit, and that much of it begins with what I have heard termed the Surviellance Industrial Complex. Because we have not been honest about the depth and breadth of all that has been done in our name, this dishonest discourse has expanded to include every topic of national debate from global warming to health care to regulation of the banking industry and on and on ad infititum.

It is my opinion that this dishonesty serves very few, a very select few indeed; and that they generally lean toward the right.

Given that health care is the current issue, I would propose a solution, framed in the context of that debate.

I propose the identification of the most egregious of those insurers who do, with regular indifference, deny their contractural obligations to their policy holders, which may and do result in death. I then suggest killing the entire board of directors in charge of said insurer, for no other reason than to drive home the point that not only is the health care system broken, but that those who have benefited from breaking it must pay.

This is only a proposal, reprehenisble at best. And yet, it seems to be past time to bring some honesty to the table of our discourse, and that it seems cannot happen while those who benefit most from the mass of lies and deceptions feel themselves beyond the reach of the people's rage.

Congress must focus with care and deliberation on this issue, if they are to arrive at the best possible solution for all Americans. This seems highly unlikely while the moneyied lobby rails with obsinate and vociferous insistence Do Nothing, and manipulates the people's rage to make it so.

Most sincerely and respectfullly yours,

D. Winter

Tags: american, care, dissent, health

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Now here is another radical proposal. What about an insurance outfit that is in fact a non-profit? Operating on a percentage of it's overall budget that is reflective of a high degree of efficiency, and that is codified in it's charter as an operational requirement?

Using that as the criteria, I'll bet the private sector could provide a large portion of the solution. It would be an interesting experiment, especially if it worked,

right up until it was bought out by the industry and turned upside down . . .




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