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BY DI READERS | AUGUST 25, 2009 7:05 AM

“Public option” a sham; pass single-payer

Only a single-payer health-care system can fix the ills within our health-care system. Only single-payer effectively cuts out the massive overhead waste by the paper-churning insurance-industry bureaucrats, who line their own pockets to provide less health care. These same insurance-industry bureaucrats deny coverage, using any and all excuses whenever they can, for their profits.

We are hearing a lot of talk about a so-called “public option.” What exactly is the difference between that and single-payer health care, you ask? The first thing you must understand about what is being called the public option is that it was designed to be a distraction — to give the American people a false choice. Every other major industrial country provides full and comprehensive health care to every taxpaying citizen. And not one of those countries has switched back to their previously inefficient, for-profit systems. Yet all we hear are right-wing reactionaries with giant media megaphones.

What a single-payer system does, in essence, is pool the medical interests of those who need care.

This gives them the power to negotiate — through whatever is established as the funding agency — favorable and truly competitive pricing from the medical-service providers. Government does not “take over” health care, it just takes responsibility for paying for it. And by eliminating complicated coverage bureaucracies and big profits, it is a much more efficient system with lower overhead. And that is why it is so mortally opposed by those profiting off our existing inefficient, uneconomical system now. This is the single-payer moment. So why hasn’t it been signed into law yet? Pass single-payer health care.

Michael Mitchell

Health scam

Absent the piratical skimming of the corporate health-insurance empire, the nation can afford good and timely health care for all its people. For individuals, it is not a question of if one needs health care but when. The question facing the nation is if we the people still have the will and commitment to get done what needs to be done.

The Ponzi scheme run by the corporate health-insurance empire constitutes taxation without representation — of the corporate health-insurance empire, by the corporate health-insurance empire, and for the corporate health-insurance empire.

Their exorbitant premiums and costly family plans — which, from 2000-2008, on average, doubled from $6,438 to $12,680, according to the nonprofit group Kaiser Family Foundation — must be passed on to the American people by fringe-benefit-providing business and industry. A huge chunk of the take is pocketed by the insurance carriers (a euphemism for freebooters). It is their own private sales tax and tariff that inflates the cost of what the American public buys at home and tries to sell abroad.

The scam is underwritten by tax-exempt money and tax-provided subsidies that support the piracy. Private health insurance is a racket!

Sam Osborne
West Branch

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