Saturday, August 22, 2009

Joe Bageant: "Health Care Debate?" It's "Mob" Extortion!

We've all thought it.

Somebody finally says it, though:
There ain't any health care debate going on, Bubba. What is going on are mob negotiations about insurance and which mob gets the biggest chunk of the dough, be it our taxpayer dough or the geet that isn't in ole Jim's impoverished purse.

The hoo-ha is about the insurance racket, not the delivery of health care to human beings. It's simply another form of extorting the people regarding a fundamental need -- health care.

Unfortunately, the people have been mesmerized by our theater state's purposefully distracting and dramatic media productions for so long that they've been mutated toward helplessness. Consequently, they are incapable of asking themselves a simple question: If insurance corporation profits are one-third of the cost of health care, and all insurance corporations do is deliver our money to health care providers for us (or actually, do everything in their power to keep the money for themselves), why do we need insurance companies at all?

Answer: Because Wall Street gets a big piece of the action. And nobody messes with the Wall Street Mob (as the bailout extortion money proved). Better (and worse) presidents have tried. Some made a genuine effort to push it through Congress. Others expressed the desire publicly, but after getting privately muscled by the health care industry, decided to back off from the idea. For instance:
* Franklin Roosevelt wanted universal health care.
* Harry Truman wanted universal health care.
* Dwight Eisenhower wanted universal health care.
* Richard Nixon wanted universal health care.
* Lyndon Johnson wanted universal health care.
* Bill Clinton wanted -- well we can't definitely say because he made sure that if the issue blew up on him, which it did, Hillary would be left holding the turd. Is it any wonder that woman gets so snappy at the slightest provocation? First, getting left to hold the bag on health care, then the spots on that blue dress.
So why did American liberals believe Barack Obama would bring home the health care bacon? Because they live in an ideological cupcake land. It's a big neighborhood, a very special place where "Your vote is important" and "by electing the right candidate, you can change our beloved nation."(The specifically Murkin sub-continent of "Delusiana." Emphases supplied. W.)

Most of America lives in that neighborhood, even though they've never personally met. It's a place where the shrubbery and flowerbeds of such things as "values" and "hope" bloom. Hope that our desires coupled with the efforts of a good and decent president can affect "change." Evidently these voters never heard the old adage, "Hope in one hand and piss in the other, and see which one fills up first."

The slaughter of the innocents by the health care lobby has pretty much extinguished the political usefulness of the word hope. Nobody, especially Obama, uses it now.

The first on-stage scuffle of the Obama administration, government-assured health care, quickly settled down into the accustomed scenario of very rich and powerful people in expensive suits "finding middle ground," otherwise known as the status quo.
It goes on, and I earnestly abjure you to read the rest. But the point is utterly clear by now: "Hope" and "change" are now, and always have been illusory, ephemeral lies. Nothing changes; and hope? Fuggeddaboddit!

1 comment:

PENolan said...

Good one, Woody.

Speaking as someone who claps for fairies (a la Peter Pan, not gay rights)and truly believes the Force is With Us - I'm still filled with hope for future generations. Like maybe in 1,000 years.
I keep remembering that on Star Trek, they only got out from under greed induced institutionalized crap like wars and consumerism after the earth was visited by Vulcans which was after World War III had destroyed much of the planet.
The worst part is that I have complete confidence that after WWIII, I'll be one of the moms cooking up cock roach stew with a positive attitude.