you seek to know why this country is in so much trouble, check out
the lead reports about the health care reform bill in today’s New
York Times, WashPo, and CNN. You will find there is no intelligible
discussion in any of them as to what’s actually ailing US health
care. All you get is play-by-play commentary about which political
tag-team is “winning,” as if this were a pro wrestling match —
with an overlay of gloat that the Republicans fell oafishly out of
the ring in the early rounds.
course, an issue even larger than the health care fiasco is this
society’s tragic and astounding inability to discuss anything
coherently in the public arena, and that might possibly be traced to
the failures of education in our time and its effects on the current
crop of editors and news producers — people who grew up hearing
that reality was just a constructed “narrative” and that one
narrative was as good as another.
you would surmise from reading the papers (or their web editions)
that the health care problem was simply a matter of apportioning
insurance coverage. That is what the stage magicians call
misdirection. Any way you cut the dynamics of health insurance, as
practiced in the USA these days, it is nothing but racketeering,
literally a conspiracy between informed players to swindle uninformed
“patients.” The debate in congress (and the news media) is just
about who gets to be swindled.
is almost entirely due to the hocus-pocus of pricing for services.
For an excellent dissection of all this, I urge you to read Karl
Denninger’s comprehensive manifesto, How To Permanently Fix Health
Care For All, which he posted one month ago. You have to wonder
whether anybody in congress happened to read this, because the debate
has been devoid of any of the crucial points that it addresses.
way it works now, the so-called “providers” (doctors, hospitals)
refuse to post the cost of any service, and then charge whatever they
feel they can extract, subject to an abstruse and dishonest
ceremonial “negotiation” with the insurance company. The result:
hospital and insurance executives get paid multi-million dollar
salaries, doctors get to drive fine German cars, and the patient gets
financially ass-raped, kicked to the curb, and eventually stuffed
into the bankruptcy courts.
did nothing to fix this. It just added more victims to the rolls and
upped the price of admission for a personal financial ass-raping, so
that an insured individual could go to the hospital for an emergency
appendectomy and end up getting dunned for thousands of dollars —
or even more if one of the hosptial’s favorite cute scams is
applied, such as calling in an out-of-network anesthesiologist to
knock you unconscious (in which state you are unlikely to inquire
whether he/she/zhe is in-network or out).
the current system, a hospital can bill you $5,999 to stitch up a cut
finger, mitigate a bee-sting, or wind an Ace bandage around a
sprained ankle, and you’re sure not to learn the cost-of-treatment
until the postman drops off the incomprehensible “explanation of
benefits” from the insurance company that states in bold print on
top “This Is Not a Bill,” but actually is a report of your own
incipient financial ass-raping.
judging from the news reports this day, none of these issues is
actually on the table in the congressional debate. I don’t believe
the editors of The New York Times are necessarily “in bed” with
the overpaid hospital CEOs and the insurance company fraudsters. They
are simply putting up a defense of their previous psychological
investment in Democratic Party ideology — in the shibboleth that
ObamaCare was unquestionably a great thing because it was created
under the magically empowered 44th president.
can believe that both Democratic and Republican law-makers are not
only in bed with the medical fraudsters of all categories, but are
performing a particularly odious form of sadomasochistic
bondage-and-discipline sex in exchange for payoffs. Note, too, that
none of the aforementioned major media have reported what the medical
and insurance lobbyists have paid to their rent-boys and doxies in
the US capitol. Wouldn’t you like to know?
repeal of the affordable care act, private insurance enslavement is
now victory for the left