To get Obamacare the President Obama had to make deals – big deals. He had to sell out the American people to the pharmacies. Now he sees that was a bad idea.
He also had to make deals with other health entities. He guaranteed that the pharmacies they would not be undercut by sources outside the United States. You’ve seen how good that has worked out when you do away with competition and how some of the pharmacies have raised the cost of their medicines by over 700%.
What is there to stop them if they own a monopolyy. The pharmacies are like the railroads of the late 19th Century controlling the market and the price of their products.
Here is something to chew on. The cost of pharmaceuticals make up around 30% of the cost of Medicare. Medicare, which pays 110 billion dollars a year for drugs is prohibited from negotiating the prices by Congress. Who do these guys in Congress represent? Most Americans want that changed.
The bottom line is that the American people are paying more for insurance and getting less. It is worse because the people who are totally unnecessary to the providing of health care, the insurance companies are suing the government for 2.8 billion which they allege are their losses for 2014. The Obama administration is looking to pay them that money so that they will keep quiet about the extent of damage the Obama plan has done to Americans.
The Obama administration is desperately trying to make people think its grand idea the 2700 page plan which now has over 20,000 pages of regulations actually works. It doesn’t. It is only going to get worse and worse and the costs to some American taxpayers is going to increase more and more. So will it be with the Massachusetts plan. But if President Obama can’t claim success for his health plan what can he claim as a success as president? Helping to reduce the number of Syrians in the world?
There is a way out though. Get rid of the insurance companies. Let the government be the provider of insurance for all the people as it is done in every other First World country. This will never be done because Congress does not represent the people but the lobbyists for the industry.
That Congress is a tool of the industry it is safe to say democracy has failed. It is a charade. Right now it is all pretend.
We already have a program where everyone is insured for their medical costs. It applies to people 65 years and over. These are the most unhealthy in our society. Some are legitimately ill. Some have very serious illnesses. However many use the program as a means of giving some meaning to their lives by scheduling as many appointments as they can with doctors so that they can get out of the house and meet other people.
There are ways to control things like this but to do it would require courage which Congress lacks. No elected Washington official wants to have to run against an opponent who can say he voted against helping the elderly.
If Medicare were extended to all the people and if proper controls were put on it to prevent abuse we could have a system of medical care in the country better than any, and all would be covered as all should be. We could do it at less cost than we are now paying and the costs could be controlled better. Prices could be negotiated. Everyone could be a winner even those who worked for the insurance companies who would be absorbed into the government. The insurance companies would make a little less money but they too should be happy to get the monkey off their back that they are always complaining about.
I understand it will never be done. We have too many people who run frightened at the idea of the government paying all the costs – many have gold-plated plans they can easily afford and many just don’t like the idea of the government getting involved. Back at the turn of the 20th Century the industrialists would shout any time the workers went on strike that the reds (anarchists) were behind their demands and the strikers would be hated by the public and suppressed by police forces. The same thing happens today where a plan to give every American health insurance causes the insurance companies to yell out that it is some sort of socialist plot.
I am reminded of all those people joining the Tea Party-type groups who were 65 or over who wanted the government out of their lives. Were any of them willing to give up their Social Security payments or Medicare? You bet they weren’t. How dumb can people be saying they don’t want the government to be handing out benefits while wanting the benefits for themselves.
Has it always been like this? Have we always been no more than a confederacy of dunces? Looking at our candidates for president I’d sy no. Things have become much worse. We should now be properly calle the Disunited Confederacy of Dunces.
No more “USA, USA!” It’ now has to be “DCD, DCD, we love thee, DCD.”