Thursday, September 24, 2009

Protect Health Insurance Executives' Mega Profits

Comedian Will Ferrell plays the lead in a ad on the real health care victims: the super-rich health insurance executives. Watch and join the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats in protecting their mega profits:


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Sit, Blue Dog, sit! Good, Blue Dog! Nice, Blue Dog! Now be a good little doggy and lie down and play dead! On second thought, lie down and stay dead! GOOD boy!

What gives here anyway? I grew up believing that the Democratic party was the "party of the people"! I was reminded of this again last weekend when I made a little pilgrimage to the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY. President Roosevelt ushered regular people like you and I into the twentieth century. He brought electricity to the rural south! The middle class that we all now take for granted - which hadn't even existed prior to the New Deal - is now in serious danger of vanishing. Look around you. The signs - ominous and disturbing - are all there. The entire reason for the existence of the Loony Right Wing since 1964 has been to roll back the advantages gained by the New Deal and the civil rights movement. Do you think I'm being an alarmist? Fine. Just keep sending these Right Wing extremists and these Blue Dog Democrats to Washington and see what happens.

The Democrats are not going to distinguish their party by trying to sell themselves as Republican Lite. They're not going to turn America around by foolishly preserving the policies of the last thirty years. They need to educate their constituency by showing them the folly of their abhorrence of things "Left" and "Liberal". Three-quarters-of-a-century ago, American democracy was saved by a government that was decidedly left-of center in all but a few areas. It can happen again. But it's only going to happen if WEEDA PEEPOLE refuse to turn right at the next crossroad. It is only down the road.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Hunter W said...

Please explain how a profit margin south of 7% is considered "mega". The clothing companies have profit margins in excess of 100% but you're not complaining about them yet I'd say that clothing is more important than health care.

Jeff Tone said...

Hunter: Strictly in terms of a margin, you have a point. But one must ask, "south of 7%" of what amount? The Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average premium for a family policy at work is more than $13,300 in 2009. Ten years ago it was $5,800. Their estimate is that it will cost $30,800 in 2019. Given such rates, anything between 2%-6% is a handsome profit. That's how UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Helmsley has a stock option of $744 million. It's especially galling when one considers what so many consumers receive in return.

I'm not against profit per se. There are inexpensive clothing outlets. There is no way to adequately insure a family inexpensively.

Clothing is more important than health care? Is this a representative conservative opinion? If so, no wonder health reform is not a conservative priority. Anyway, tell this to a cancer patient–especially one with no insurance.

Jeff Tone said...

Tom: Amen–and I don't think you're being alarmist at all. This country made a tremendous amount of progress over the past century as a result of liberal reforms. It's disheartening to see a group like the Blue Dog Democrats shilling for the health insurance companies. No one is going to go for Republican Lite; liberals will be turned off and conservatives would rather vote for real Republicans.

Hunter W said...

I think that clothing being more important than health care is the opinion shared by the vast majority of the world - not just Americans. I can't leave the house without clothing. I can't work without clothing. It would be difficult for me, living in Colorado, to avoid pneomonia without clothing.

Is the obsession with health care being more important than people having clothing representative of the liberal POV? If so than it makes total sense why the left frowns upon innovation, job growth, and market expansion. Be sure to tell the homeless guys downtown that while you can't give them a coat to stay warm they'll have a place to get their pnemonia treated.

Jeff Tone said...

Come on, Hunter. No one would argue that it’s not necessary to have clothes. You don’t have to convince me of their use. I know that it would be a bad thing to get on the subway with nothing on.

Regarding the homeless, it’s a lot easier to get an overcoat from the Salvation Army than it is to get decent, regular health care–and I’m not talking about going to the emergency room when one is already in desperate shape.

But it’s not only the homeless for whom health care is a dire issue. I can’t speak for the vast majority of the world, but here in America one of the concerns is the numbers of people who are driven to bankruptcy due to medical, not clothing, expenses. There’s enough to discuss about the real issue of health care without our being sidetracked like this.