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The Lobbyists Health Bill- PR triumphs over the facts

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How many times can you fool the American people?  Evidently, they’ll swallow whatever PR you feed them.

Ralph Nader writes in Craven Democrats:

President Obama said that he and the Democrats had pushed back against the “special interests.”

In fact, the bill that was passed by the House Sunday night was a result of a deal President Obama and the Democrats cut last year with the pharmaceutical industry.

And it was written with the help of former insurance industry lobbyists.

Or as the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne put it – the Democrats are fighting for a Republican health plan.

Last year, former CIGNA executive turned whistleblower Wendell Potter called the bill “a joke” and “an absolute gift to the insurance industry.”

Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program called the bill “a step backwards.”

“This bill further enriches the industries that are the problem,” Dr. Flowers said.

Chris Hedges put it this way:

“This bill is not about fiscal responsibility or the common good.”

“The bill is about increasing corporate profit at taxpayer expense,” Hedges wrote.

“It lavishes hundreds of billions in government subsidies on insurance and drug companies.”

“The some 3,000 (corporate) lobbyists in Washington, whose dirty little hands are all over the bill, have once more betrayed the American people for money.”

“The bill is another example of why change will never come from within the Democratic Party. The party is owned and managed by corporations.”

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Study Debunks Insurers’ Explanation for Exorbitant Rate Hikes

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Center for Media and Democracy

The pro-health care reform group Health Care for America Now has released a study (pdf) that contradicts insurance companies’ claims that their recent, exorbitant rate hikes were driven by increases in the cost of medical care. The study shows that over the last eight years premiums have almost doubled, while medical inflation only increased by 40 percent. HCAN found that insurance companies are raising their rates more than 20 percent faster than the amount they are paying out to doctors, and twice as fast as their underlying costs of medical care are rising. In short, insurance companies are hiking premium prices much more quickly than their costs are increasing. HCAN also found that insurance companies are spending the extra money on perks. For example, Anthem spent $27 million on 103 executive retreats to locations like Hawaii in 2007 and 2008 alone. From 2000 to 2008, insurance companies spent $716.4 billion of their premium dollars on administrative costs, salaries for their CEOs, and investor profit — practically enough to fund the entire health reform bill.

The American people: seduced and abandoned

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foreclosureSign2Two examples of the obvious: our government has abandoned its people.   On this all of us may agree.

 

Detroit: Too broke to bury their dead:    Money to bury Detroit’s poor has dried up, forcing struggling families to abandon their loved ones in the morgue freezer.
http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/01/news/economy/_morgue/index.htm

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Foreclosed On Homeowner Wanted Cops To Kill Him:   Kurt Aho’s home was sold at a foreclosure auction on Tuesday. When the new owners came by and asked him when he was going to vacate, he shot out their tires. He had a beer with a neighbor right before the police came:
http://snipurl.com/s9mhy

Written by laudyms

October 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Human Health, Antibiotics and Industrial Farms

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chickenfeedH.R. 1549, the Preservation of Antibiotics For Medical Treatment Act of 2009  now under consideration by the House, would limit the amount of antibiotics that can be used on factory animal farms.  “The farm lobby’s opposition makes its passage unlikely,” The New York Times reported Monday. 

Industrial agriculture has adopted many practices that put public health at risk.  Factory farms routinely feed animals antibiotics to off-set crowding and bad sanitation.

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