8/19 Bipartisan Effort for Plan to Fuck Over Healthcare Even Worse & Other Vital Info from Manuel Garcia

Manuel's collection offers more evidence, if anyone still needs more, of the mighty electoral trap we need to escape from to make any real changes! liz

Funny because it's sad, and true
MG, Jr.

"That's what America is all about"
Congress Deadlocked Over How To Not Provide Health Care
August 18, 2009 | Issue 45•34

Leaders on both sides of the aisle try to hammer out an agreement on fucking over Americans.

WASHINGTON—After months of committee meetings and hundreds of hours of heated debate, the United States Congress remained deadlocked this week over the best possible way to deny Americans health care."Both parties understand that the current system is broken," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday. "But what we can't seem to agree upon is how to best keep it broken, while still ensuring that no elected official takes any political risk whatsoever. It’s a very complicated issue."...
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said on Meet The Press that Republicans would never agree to a plan that doesn't allow citizens the choice to be denied medical care in the private sector. "Americans don't need some government official telling them they don't have the proper coverage to receive treatment," Boehner said. "What they need is massive insurance companies to become even more rich and powerful by withholding from average citizens the care they so desperately require. We're talking about people's health and the obscene profits associated with that, after all." ... Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) point to Congress' failure to pass legislation before a July 31 deadline as proof of just how serious lawmakers are about stringing along the American people and never actually reforming the health care industry in any meaningful way."People should know that every day we are working without their best interests in mind," Reid said. "But the goal here is not to push through some watered-down bill that only denies health care to a few Americans here and a few Americans there. The goal is to recognize that all Americans have a God-given right to proper medical attention and then make sure there's no chance in hell that ever happens." .... That's what America is all about... "No matter what we come up with," Reid continued, "rest assured that millions of citizens will remain dangerously uninsured, and the inflated health care industry will continue to bankrupt the country for decades."

Other lawmakers stressed that, while there has been some progress, the window of cooperation was closing. "When you get into the nuts and bolts of how best not to provide people with care essential to their survival, there are many things to take into consideration," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said. "I believe we can create a plan for Americans that allows them to not be able to go to the hospital, not get the treatment they need, and ultimately whither away and die. But we've got to act fast."

For his part, President Barack Obama claimed to be optimistic, even saying he believes that a health care denial bill will pass in both houses of Congress by the end of the year.
"We have an opportunity to do something truly historic in 2009," Obama said to a mostly silent crowd during a town hall meeting in Virginia yesterday. "I promise I will only sign a clear and comprehensive health care bill that fully denies coverage to you, your sick mother, her husband, middle-class Americans, single-parent households, the unemployed, and most importantly, anyone in need of emergency medical attention. "This administration is committed to not providing health care," Obama added. "Not just for this generation of Americans, but for many generations to come."

Here are three recent articles [ more excerpts added by me, liz] on the healthcare farce going on now in the U.S. This country is too backward to do anything other than sacrifice blood and treasure to preserve the greedy profiteering of the slimy insurance industry. Obama is doing what he was paid to do, which is depressing an increasing number of his messiah-deluded followers. It's so hard to face up to being a sucker. As to the wacko right, see the cartoon below.

Manuel Garcia

Health Plans and Death Plans, Alexander Cockburn
Corporate profits, its what our soldiers die for (to protect, not to partake), it's what our undernourished and homeless children live so economically so as to not encumber, it's what our old and soon-to-be-old (you and me!) are being economically ditched for, it's what makes our country great, and negates the "our" part of that last phrase. American capitalism is just a national layoff, and it's all rigged. Ask not what your country can do for you (that's 'socialism', boo, hiss), and ask not what you can do for your country; in fact don't ask anything at all, just follow televised instructions until your money runs out, then get lost....

The insurance industry, the drug industry, the real estate and finance sector  are the most powerful forces in the country.  They’ve just got Obama to commit $23 trillion to their enduring welfare. They’re not going to surrender the treasure trove known as healthcare without serious blood-letting on the barricades....

Why now should Americans believe that any government-backed “health reform” will do them any good, as opposed to assigning them the appropriate lifespan, relative to their income and contributions to the corporate bottom line, which is what the present system amounts to?...

Health in America is class-based, naturally. The poor die sooner, starting with black men who tend to drop dead in their middle 60s, usually from stress and diseases consequent on diet. The better-off folk drink less than they did in the 1950s, take a bit more exercise, and sometimes live longer. The poor get fatter and fatter. A real health plan would start with public executions of the top thousand CEOs and owners of the major food companies and fast food franchises. It would continue with serious penalties for health workers not washing their hands or merely holding them under the tap without using soap.

Progressives Abet Obama-Fraud
Don't Confuse Medicare with Single-Payer
By Mary Lynn Cramer
Obama’s healthcare reform is no more a response to the needs and wants of citizen supporters who worked to get him elected, than was his increasing the military spending and expanding the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is, however, a response to an economic crisis that has been growing in the “real economy” for decades. The remedies and options open to Obama are the same as those of his predecessors in similar situations: transfer as much as possible of the wealth, income, labor and resources away from the “consumer” (a/k/a workers, low income and middleclass citizens, elderly, disabled, children, the poor, et. al.) over to the private sector through wage and benefits cuts, through inflation, through outright “bailouts,” through government spending in industrial sectors that could not survive without that intervention (e.g. military weapons, aircraft, corporate agricultural industry, etc.)---all with the great “hope” of returning profitability to real (not bubbles reflecting inflated worthless paper)economic/industrial production. (For more details on this process, please see some of my previous articles in Counterpunch, e.g. “The Multi-Trillion Dollar Question” and  “Greenspan’s Higher Power.”) The point being, that within the context of the “worse depression since the Great Depression,” we are not going to see a health reform plan designed to meet the needs of citizens for affordable, comprehensive medical services.  We will see a plan designed to increase profits in the private sector at the expense of the health and welfare of the majority of Americans, with particularly disgusting consequences for the poor and elderly. 

How to act up on healthcare...Ralph Nader

[thanks to Gary Eschman for the graphic]

Stay well,
MG, Jr.