But, mostly when you put together all the blather we have gotten from Senators Thune and Johnson and US Rep Herseth-Sandlin, we get nonsense. All of them are fretting about hurrying too much, about social security and medicare collapsing, about rising medical charges, etc. etc. but all are worrying more about existing "stake holders" and those mostly being health insurance and health industry.
Putting all their crap and obfuscation of the huge insurance cost elephant in the equation, it is hard for me not to conclude that what they are not supporting is the only actual solution..that is single-payer primary health insurance. It is time to drive a stake through the pig iron cold hearts of the health insurance stake holders.
The health insurance industry serves no real purpose in any kind of universal health care insurance. It has the current primary function of diverting something like 30 percent of health insurance premiums into profits and huge salaries for executives who would be unnecessary in a fair deal single payer system.
Our Congress Critters are bending over backwards to protect their large health and health insurance contributors as they say to hell with the actual health of the nation.
Ironic that Sen. Johnson would probably not even be alive if he were covered only with the health insurance he would have had available as a private citizen lawyering in Vermillion, SD. or would be completely bankrupted by the costs even if he had insurance of some kind.
I don't wish anybody get afflicted with anything like the health problems that hit Senator Johnson, and I am happy he is at least partially recovered. But, it seems to me he should thus be a bit more interested in making the United States not 19th out of the 19 industrial nations in health care but something closer to the first in the list..something comparable to the care he got as a US Senator and in actually reducing total health care costs at the same time.
Our Congress critters are pandering to special interests as they talk all around the actual issues and the actual solutions.
*** Stay tuned, Stay Healthy and, "Do you love your families or do you love your health insurance? Take your pick."