Thursday, March 11, 2010

Buying health care

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision lets corporations spend unlimited amounts of their money to influence our elections. A public finance bill could remedy that imbalance of power that corporations now have over real people.

Members of Congress prefer the present system because it favors incumbents—incumbents like Sen. Max Baucus, who received about $3 million from the health care industry and then did their bidding as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. When his committee held an exploratory meeting to discuss the various health care bill options, Baucus would not allow advocates for a “public option” to be part of the meeting. A number of single-payer proponents still attended the gathering. When they stood up in the audience and expressed their support of the single-payer program, Baucus had them removed. That group is now called the “Baucus 8.” Many in that group were practicing physicians.

Polls indicate that over 60 percent of voters support a public option. The same percentage of our nation’s doctors are in agreement.

The health care bill that is now being discussed in the Senate represents a huge give-away to the health care industry—giving them up to three million new clients. People should control the process, not corporations and their subservient politicians.

Gene Jack


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