Posts Tagged healthcare reform
(HT to Cliff Lyon, seen on Facebook)
All morning long, watching the talk shows, I’ve listened to Republican leaders decrying the partisanship in Washington and voting along straight party lines, while out the other sides of their mouths declaring that not one Republican will vote for the health care bill today. Since we know some Democats will vote against the bill, we can only assume Republicans concerned with partisanship are, in fact, disgusted with themselves. As they should be – having spawned (with the help of Fox News) one of the most uninformed and hatefilled movements I’ve ever seen in my lifetime – the Tea Bag movement.
The tax payer funded Congress and Senate switchboard is being illegally used to push ObamaCare. If you call your Congressman or Senator via the Capitol switchboard you will be given a pitch to urge your Congressman to vote for Obama’s health-care plan.
Thank you for calling your Representative and your Senators.
Please urge them to vote yes on health insurance reform. Because the American people can no longer wait for more choices, lower costs, and coverage we can count on.
Try it yourself at 1-800-828-0498 while it lasts.
I tried it myself just to make sure and this is absolutely true.
Here is the audio:
This is not the first time government resources have been used to promote ObamaCare. As we know the administration set up a snitch email, the now defunct, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you approve of Obama’s health care plan or not you should be outraged that tax-payer funded resources are being used to push anyone’s political agenda. When you call your Congressman you should not be subjected to any kind of pitch prior to being connected.
Call your Congressman and alert them to put a stop to this, and hold those responsible for this miss-allocation of government resources.
Imagine the outcry if George W Bush tried this?
After some investigating this 800 number may actually be run by liberal lobbying groups duping people into calling that number instead of the regular Capitol switchboard, then they give you the pitch and forward you to the real one.
If this is the case then we need to find out the organization(s) behind this and expose them. It would be interesting to discover the legality of this. What we may need to do is call this number repeatedly because every call costs the 800 number owners money. Just make sure you don’t let the call forward to the switchboard so no tax money will be used. This is what happened after email@example.com was exposed. So many people spammed it that it forced them to take it down.
Posted by in Health Care on August 19, 2009
Finally the idea of not for profit health care cooperatives or co-ops are being discussed in Washington. Once popular during the depression, Co-ops are people pooling their own money to either leverage lower premiums for private insurance or self insuring. This is a pro-consumer and pro-free market approach to health care that if implemented correctly could bring quality health care at the lowest cost.
Groups of people, business’, churches, and organizations could form their own co-ops and the members would vote on boards of directors that will be accountable to its members. After administration and overhead costs all proceeds would go to for paying member’s health care.
This should promote a frenzy of competition among the entire health insurance industry because private insurance companies would fight for the dollars of the co-ops and in many cases compete directly with their not-for-profit counterparts. It will promote competition by forcing doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies to deal with insurance companies that will demand lower costs from them as they compete for members. The motive to deny or reduce coverage to increase profits will be removed and competition will drive the co-ops and private insurance companies to offer maximum benefits at the lowest cost.
The Obama administration is floating the health care co-op idea but they are talking about massive federal spending to get co-ops off the ground. If co-ops are to work they must be free of undue government interference. Congress can and should enact a framework and provide oversight but they must not be allowed to appoint boards or control them.
The health care cooperative idea will face stiff opposition from the left who prefer a public option and from the right who prefer a pure free market approach. These may be the biggest hurtles to overcome, but I believe it is an idea worth pursuing.
It continues to boggle the mind that the Republicans simply can’t get their act together and start contributing to solving the serious problems facing our country. While Barack Obama tackles healthcare reform, the Republican party is AWOL, and instead has allowed the old Swiftboater crowd (henceforth to be called, as Rachel Maddow refers to them, “the Swiftboard veterans for unaffordable insurance”) to step in and take the lead in opposing anything the president opposes. And stunningly. the spokesman for the group adds an even more sinister face for conservatives than the one we already have with Limbaugh/Cheney/Gingrich et al. The spokesman and bankroller of the effort is Rick Scott, a former business partner of GW Bush, and most notoriously known for his involvement in “the biggest healthcare fraud scandal in American history.”
In 1997 Rick Scott was forced out as head of the biggest hospital chain in the country [Columbia HCA]. . . Scott’s company ended up getting totally nailed for Medicare and Medicaid fraud . . . paid the largest fine ever paid to the government . . . $1.7 billion.
Americans want healthcare reform. Actually, Americans want healthcare period, and a huge percentage of us do not have that right now. Obama is tackling one of the biggest and longest-standing problems our country has faced, while Republicans sit on the sidelines ready to uphold their new reputation as the party of NO. At this point, aren’t even diehard Republicans getting weary of this?