The Health Care Bailout — How Big Insurance and Pharmaceuticals Are Taking Over Health Care Reform

If you remember the platforms of the 2008 campaign, Obama and other Democratic nominees endorsed health care reform centered around providing a low-cost public option, allowing quicker and wider distribution of generic pharmaceutical alternatives, and investing in America’s antiquated medical infrastructure. Obama went as far as to suggest in late 2007 that “The time has come for universal health care in America… I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.” [source]

Public option health care plan is becoming more of a dream and less of a reality thanks to heavy lobbying of Congress by the health care industry. The estimated $1 to $2 trillion dollars in health care reform is starting to resemble a bailout that will solidify the monopolies of health care companies. The new health care reform bill championed by centrist Democrats encourages ‘free-market’ principles, or, for those unfamiliar, the active encouragement by the legislative branch of collusion between health care companies and exploitation of American consumers. Essentially, the health care reform bill has been transformed from a consumer-oriented reform package to a massive kick back to the health care industry, with a mere wrist-slap for their more unscrupulous practices.

Incidentally, this movement towards a health care industry, pharmaceutical-friendly coincided by very damning appearances by health care CEOs in front of congress. This included admissions by the CEO of Assurant and UnitedHealth that their companies colluded with providers to drive up prices, dropped coverage when consumers became sick, and rewarding employees for denying coverage to lower-class people. [source]

Unless there is significant action towards reclaiming health care reform, Americans will be facing another government-sponsored funneling of tax-payer money towards big business.

See Also: More on the public option, As Healthcare Flounders, Is Comprehensive Health Care Reform Dead?, Early Reviews Of House Health Care: Walking Back From The Ledge, Health Care Reform Could Save $1.82 Trillion, Memo to the President: What You Must Do To Save Universal Health Care, Death by Spreadsheet, Another Moderate Dem Likes Healthcare Co-Op Idea, Testing My PATIENTS, Someone Fax This To Congress, THE ‘HEAD-KNOCKING STYLE OF GOVERNANCE, And in a painful decade or three, healthcare changed, and Saving Universal Health Care.

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Do You Like Green Protest Plans?

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See Also: The Revolution will NOT be Televised, “Louder Than Ever”, Iran’s election results map, Evidence Of Fraud In The Iranian Elections, THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAY-GREEN, Get Inside their Heads, Love their Loves, Foreign Policy and Iran, The View Above Tehran From 10,000 Feet, Addressing Iran, and African-Americans Understand Iran & Where Is My Vote?

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PBH Redesign In The Works

The creators of this wonderful website are working hard in a Brooklyn cafe to update this damned website that’s been holding us back too long. Also, if any of you are good at graphic design and want to create a logo for PBH…. (We envision Wonder Woman spanking a businessman with a newspaper over her knee).

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The Management

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There Is No Way Out

There was no way out
the only way out was to give in

Ergo, The Metric concert last night was good [Chris Farley voice]

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Hot Chip

Hot Chip is a Grammy-nominated British electropop band. They have released three studio albums—Coming on Strong, The Warning, and Made in the Dark. The Warning was named Album of the Year by Mixmag and voted the fourth best album of 2006 by NME. They released their third studio album, Made in the Dark, in February 2008.

Edit: Best lyrics ever from this song (The Wrestlers):

Don’t fight dirty, don’t hit me with the chair
Don’t fight dirty, don’t bite me in the face

   

Hot Chip formed in 2000, though members Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard had previously worked together and had been at the same sixth form college at Elliott School in Putney, London. In an interview, Goddard jokingly compared early Hot Chip releases to sixth-form poetry with acoustic guitars, although an interest in dance music rhythms and electronic experimentation is present in even the early recordings and releases such as the ‘Mexico EP’. The current line up was completed when occasional collaborators Owen Clarke, Felix Martin and later Al Doyle joined the band full time in 2003.

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