The cost of our health care system is bankrupting America, even though there is an easy fix. As it stands now, only shareholders benefit from the “for profit” health care system. They rake in billions in profits that could be circulated back into our infrastructure and, insult to injury, more billions are lost through fraud and administrative costs.Health Insurance shareholders spend obscene amounts of money to propagate the myth, through print media and talking heads, that Single Payer Health Care is bad for us, and bad for the nation.They are not just wrong. They are willfully wrong. In short, they are greedy.20 years ago, Gore Vidal called Health Insurance companies “Piggy Banks for the Rich”.Insurance companies pit workers and employers against each other then benefit as the two sides destroy each other in the fray.The dilemma is this:Employers insist paying benefits cuts into their profits, so they won’t hire workers until they break the unions.
Workers need jobs with decent salaries in order to raise their families and put food on the table, so they strike.
I think there is a simple and obvious solution:
Why don’t employers and workers march together for Single Payer Health Care?! After decades of strife, they would finally get to be on the same side – standing together for the greater good, instead of doggedly occupying opposite sides of the table.We are used to seeing CORPORATIONS as the enemy (which they are, while they are crunching numbers by crushing people) but Single Payer Health Care is something BOTH sides benefit from!The only people who lose are the shareholders of health care companies – you know, the ones making billions, even trillions off of everyone else’s misery.Professor Margaret Flowers of Stanford University has put together an October2011 Movement in Washington D.C. (that coincides with the 10 year anniversary of the War in Afghanistan) to address national moral issues and bankrupting factors such as the Wars in the Middle-East and the lack of a Single Payer Health Care plan.Margaret and I have corresponded via email and I suggested she call together as many manufacturing entities that she can contact, corporations that could be getting people back to work, and ask them to join her in Freedom Square on October 6th!!!I hope anyone interested in moving the country forward and out of debt will check out her movement at http://october2011.org – along with the OccupyTogether Movement which Margaret has provided a link for.At least, that’s the way it seems to me.