Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bottom line in health care debate: I trust democracy with my life more than for-profit corporations

Capitalism is fine when you are buying a tennis shoes, a computer, or car. If you make a bad choice, you are out a few bucks.

However, if you (or more likely your employer) choose a bad insurance company, it could bankrupt you or cost you your life when they deny your claim for treatment.

With a private insurance company, once you make a costly claim, you are nothing but a potential loss to them that they are desperate to get off the books, so they may deny that claim (with the PRIVATE death panels that already exist). Your only hope is to get media coverage to shame them into changing their mind. The only people who have clout with the company are major shareholders. It's a one dollar one vote system, and when you cost more than you give them, you have no vote.

In a government run system, if you were denied a claim, you would at least have recourse to complain to your elected officials who in turn could pressure bureaucrats. That politician wants the vote of you, your family, and friends.

I like one person one vote more than one dollar one vote.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good U.S. public healthcare will take a while, probably many years in fact, but the ball IS rolling and the tide IS turning. Still, it amazes me that poor red-staters who are the people who need it most, are fighting it the hardest because the man pushing it is a black democrat. These people would cut off their own nose to spite their face. Unbelievable.