Failure by Design - The "Public" Option

 



Triumph of the Money Party

Michael Collins

Do you know
what the "public option" does or who it covers?  If you've had trouble
finding out, it's not your fault.  Reading corporate media coverage
provides little or no clue.  It's hardly ever defined.  There's a very
good reason for the lack of clarity and definition.  But first, a brief
summary of the public debate that characterizes just about every public
debate we have on critical issues.

If you think
that the current version of the public option will provide a choice for
a government administered health program, you're right.  If you think
that this option was designed for the general public, then you're
wrong.  It will apply to only some of the uninsured, possibly as
few as six million citizens.  It's a kind of public option.

But, if you
support true choice by the public, then you probably expect this as an
option:  a single payer system for health care -- one source of payment
for doctors and others funded and administered by the government for
the public.  Medicare is such a program.  But we don't get to hear
about single payer proposals except from proponents like Representatives John Conyers (D-MI), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), and Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who define single payer universal health care very clearly.

President Obama's outline of the public option in his September 9
speech to Congress is essentially unchanged in the current
legislation.  The Democratic plan offers "a new insurance exchange" for
"Americans who don't currently have health insurance."  This sounds
good so far, but wait.  This exchange will be "a new insurance exchange
--a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to
shop."  The option will be "available in the insurance exchange" and
"it would only be an option for those who don't have insurance." (See What Obama Actually Said About Health Reform)

It's not really public, it's for a small segment of the population, and it is any where from four to ten years out in full availability.  This reflects the Oct. 29 House proposal, H.R. 3962, and some aspects of the latest Senate claims for a public option..  The entire effort, limited as it is, will be compromised from the very start since Congress linked public option provider reimbursement rates to those of the health insurance companies.

When
citizens see "Open to the public," they don't take that to mean only
some of the public.  When land is set aside for "public use," does that
mean only 5% or 6 % of the public?   All of this makes no sense unless
you accept the deliberately confusing definitions and assumptions of The Money Party.

Why would any member of the public think that they were excluded from a public option?

Why would those controlling the debate want us to think that?

Here's why.  The findings in this poll strikes terror into the heart of The Money Party.

Link

The poll
shows a clear majority in favor of a single payer, universal health
care program as an option for all citizens.  This poll is consistent with other polls
despite the confusion from Washington.  In a fair debate, the health
insurance companies would get their clock cleaned and be out of
business within a year or two.  But we're not allowed an open and fair
debate because the risk of vanishing corporations is never in The Money
Party's game plan.  Their political bouncers just tossed us under the
bus.

The "Long Con" - How Things Work

"A
’short con’ is an opportunistic scam designed to instantly fleece the
victim of all the money they have with them at that time.  On the other
hand, a long con takes much longer to execute and requires meticulous
planning in order to scam the victim out of much larger amounts of
money."  Scam Types dot Com

The Money Party runs both short and long cons.  When they weren't able to sell the Iraq invasion, the short con was:  Saddam has weapons of mass destruction.  He's ready to use them … on you!  Get on board now or else! That short con operated within the long con of perpetual threats and endless war.

The current
health reform debate is a classic long con.  The debate is limited to
only those positions that will work for the status quo.  If reform
fails, there's no change from the extortion perpetrated against
citizens in need of affordable health care.  If reform is
adopted, the insurance companies are enshrined at the center of the
program.  The fight is then over the size of the rake off.  That's
called bending the curve of health care costs.  Bend, don't break.   It's a win-win proposition for The Money Party.

What do
legislators do when their patrons demand that an irrational and deadly
system remains in place?  Confuse the dialog with weasel words and
highly deceptive terms.  Keep the public thinking that they're really
going to benefit from a program and, better yet, that the opposition is
trying to prevent that benefit.  Get party loyalists whipped up to
fight for your program even though it's a sham.

The current kind of public
option is essential to The Money Party's long con on health reform.  It
allows people to think that there's a real debate going on.  Someone is fighting for our option to choose decent and affordable health care.

It's all
part of the long con that limits critical debate to unacceptable
options advanced by allegedly differing parties. These debates always
end the same way -- the perpetuation of the major corporate interests,
the retention of those in power, and oligarchy; the triumph of The
Money Party:

"The Money Party
is a small group of enterprises and individuals who have most of the
money in this country. They use that money to make more money.
Controlling who gets elected to public office is the key to more money for them and less for us.

"In
every campaign for major office, the party passes out money and buys
candidates from both parties. Thanks to the candidates who get elected,
this pay to play system remains perfectly legal … even though it looks like bribery.

'In return for contributions, the election winners
come through by fixing the laws so that The Money Party cleans up. …
Cost is no object, because in the end it’s all paid for with our tax
dollars."  Michael Collins:  The Money Party, Sept. 30, 2007.

END

See:  Special Health Reform Series:  The Money Party and the sickness unto death

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The House bill (or the Healthcare Insurance Enrichment Bill) penalizes we who can't afford health insurance to buy it or be fined.

And everyone gets to pay more.

I'd say that's a win/win for the Money Party political agenda!

Kill it before it grows any bigger and has children!