For-profit health insurance companies care about one thing and one thing only. Their profit. They do not care about providing health care coverage to people. They care about providing insurance to healthy people in order to make the most amount of profit possible.
Do you understand that? I hope that we can comprehend that notion. Even if you do, let’s ask the question of one’s understanding of health care. Is access a right or a privilege? If you believe it is a privilege then we have another reason for you not to continue reading this site. A person’s health is paramount to their own life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You cannot be in full pursuit of happiness if you are unhealthy. You cannot exercise your liberty if you are sick. You cannot be living your life to it’s potential if you are ill. Equal access and fairness within health insurance is key to living out the American dream in the way Thomas Jefferson imagined it.
The Republican House leadership held a vote yesterday to repeal the recent health care reform bill. Along partisan lines the repeal passed the House and would end the progress towards full access of health insurance. In 2014 the bill would make us the last of 33 developed nations to have a form of universal health insurance.
As Thom Hartmann notes in his book “Rebooting the American Dream”
between 1999 and 2009, health insurance premiums rose 131 percent, a much faster rate of increase than general inflation (28 percent) or workers’ earnings (38 percent.)
Profits. The Republican leadership merely wants health insurance companies to continue with business as usual: to sell health insurance to healthy people and pass along the costs of covering the sick to tax payers. That is the bottom line.
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