Blue Cross? Goodbye.
Keith Olberman's Countdown program tonight with great
interest. The entire hour was devoted
to a Special Comment about the American health care
crisis it is.
He painted a very bleak but realistic picture of
the insurer/insuree relationship, not much of which
was news to yours truly. Without any doubt the American
insurance industry is broken and we, the public,
pay through the nose to "fix" it. In case
you missed it you can find the whole show on iTunes.
The reason there's been no successful health reform
until (fingers crossed) now is simple: money. That's
why Democrats are seemingly
so timid about the process of passing this particular
You see, Democratic congressman aren't whole-heartedly
industry or the oil companies or big business in
general like Republicans are. If things go wrong,
and there are inevitably going to be hiccups that
Fox News will trumpet loudly, Democrats are out of
a job come
the next elections.
If, onthe other hand,
puppet, I mean, congressman
loses his seat he simply becomes a K-Street consultant,
an oil-company lobbyist or gets a job as a commentator
on Fox. They'll still get
handsomely paid by the same masters as before, no
asked. Must be nice to fail upwards.
One of the last things Mr. Olbermann said really
struck me as a good idea. He suggested that the only
real way for the American people to regain control
of our health system is to drive the insurance companies
out of business. And we, the people, can do that
by refusing to pay our premiums. Starve the fuckers
And I agree.
I've honestly been thinking along the same lines
it was fantastic to hear someone with a national
presence say the same thing. Out loud. That's a brave
Canceling my policy won't be a major step for me.
I have good family history, no kids, I take good
care of myself and,
my policy with Blue Cross, one of the major detractors
of health reform, is a hunk of catastrophic crappola.
For all the good it's done me over the years I may
as well be auguring chicken innards.
Yeah, I know I'm just one little guy but a bunch
of little guys can make a big difference.
Let's fix the health system for our kids. Let's fix
it for our country. Let's fix it for us.
For the near future I'll be simply banking my premium
it'll come in handy later on when, and if, a single-payer
system becomes available.