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A COLUMN BY TERRY DORAN

Know why there is no health care reform? Just follow all the money

Monday, July 27, 2009 - 9:40 am

Here in America, the richest nation on earth, 60 people a day die, yes die, from lack of health care. Every single day, day after day. No break for a holiday or weekend. How can this be? Perhaps it’s because our elected officials work for the health insurance companies whose only motivation in life is money. And how do they make money? By taking yours and then denying payment when you’re sick. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, for example, the nine Republican senators who wrote the president a letter saying they would oppose any health reform that included a public option, in other words, any plan that might threaten the profits of the health insurance companies they represent, have received $17.7 million from these companies over the course of their careers. So far.

Think it’s just Republicans who are so heartless and greedy? Think again. BoldProgressives.org states: “People are outraged that Senate Democrats are lining up against a public health insurance option supported by 76 percent of Americans — all while taking $80 million of health and insurance industry money.”

That doesn’t even include such things as Susan Bayh, wife of Sen. Evan, making $327,000 for being on WellPoint’s board of directors last year and Evan, not to be outdone, taking $1,560,088 from health insurance companies over the course of his career; or Nancy-Ann DeParle, Obama’s choice as director of White House Office of Health Reform: “This woman owes her fortune to the corporations that she is making decisions about,” said Dr. David Himmelstein, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University and a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. “She cashed in really big on her previous role in government and made millions and millions of dollars. Then she divests, and all of a sudden, she’s Snow White. It’s ridiculous.”

Max Baucus, the senator with considerable influence in “reform,” has received $3,973,485 from the health insurance industry over the last five years, and earlier this year, he had advocates of a government supported “single-payer” system arrested for the crime of wanting to sit in on a meeting about health reform. This is democracy in action.

No wonder the United States ranks 114th out of 143 countries in terms of happiness, life expectancy and respect for the environment.

Single-payer would save lives, not to mention billions of dollars a year. No wonder when he was a state senator Barack Obama said, “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan.” Think of it as Medicare for all, regardless of age.

But now, as president, he recently said, “a government-run ‘single-payer’ health care system works well in some countries. But it is not appropriate in the United States, because so many people get insurance through their employers working with private companies.”

He can read as well as we can. He knows over 69 percent of all foreclosures are due to medical bills, and 75 percent of those people have jobs and health insurance. In “those other countries” where single-payer works, not one single person has lost a home due to medical bills.

Author Bob Cesca has this to say about those private companies: “If you have insurance – even a policy that you like – history and many horror stories indicate that it’s only a matter of time before you are summarily screwed and left for dead.” He likens health insurance companies to the Mafia.

Obama’s plan is to force you to buy health insurance. If you don’t, you will be fined! How is this providing health care to all Americans? And how is being forced freedom? The essence of freedom is choice. Say goodbye to alternative forms of treatment. You will be locked in to the Mafia, oops, I mean the health insurance industry, chained to a job you hate just for the health insurance, pitiful though it may be. And if you lose your job, which is happening to Americans on a daily basis, there go the benefits.

This is what our president thinks Americans like so much they don’t want single-payer?

Sadly, Geri Jenkins of the California Nurses Association is right when she says America is “the only nation on Earth that barters human life for money.”

While you worry about how you’ll pay your bills if you get sick, the average health-industry CEO is receiving an annual salary of over $14 million. And these bureaucrats, not doctors, are the ones deciding on the fate of your health.

If we Americans are denied single-payer, I say two things:

1. Every politician who votes against it should be arrested for the deaths of those 60 Americans a day; 2. Pray you don’t get sick.

Terry Doran is a resident of Fort Wayne.