Blue Shield of California intends to raise rates for individual policy holders by as much as 59% this year. This news is stunning. These are the people Barack Obama wants to legally force us to give more money to.
San Francisco-based Blue Shield said the increases were the result of fast-rising healthcare costs and other expenses resulting from new healthcare laws.
We no longer need any more evidence that the system is broken and has been made worse by Obamacare. Oh, and I won’t let the GOP off either. The chances that the Republicans will do anything sane and humane about health care are next to nil. We will hear a round of stupidity about allowing the ‘market’ to dictate prices..as if human health was controlled by the Austrian economic cult. It is the unchecked market, the bonecrushing inadequacies of Obamacare, and out right greed that is imploding our health care system. Sick people cannot, in a civilized society, be turned into a profit/loss stat for an insurance company.
Should these increases continue the insurance cabal is digging its own grave. Individuals will be forced out of the market, and companies will be forced to drop coverage for employees. The biggest lie of Obamacare is that 90 some odd percent of us will be insured. With what money? The problem isn’t lack of insurance. The problem is insurance.
The horror of all of this is that the opportunity to put a system in place that might actually work was blown up in 2010 by shills, imbeciles and frauds. First and foremost among them: Barack Obama, who serviced those who paid for his election while breaking nearly every promise he made on health care.
The trillions spent bailing out the greedy, soulless fucks who imploded the economy could have been spent setting up a public option, which would have, in turn, forced Blue Shield to build a better mouse trap. And yes, the rich can pay more taxes. Some of them ought to be writing checks right now – from prison.
U.P.S. competes with the post office. U.P.S. is better. But I have the option of the post office. It’s not as fast. It makes more mistakes. But chances are my letter will get where it is going. Boston College competes with U Mass Boston. If I can’t get into B.C. or can’t afford to I can go get a reasonable college education at U Mass Boston for far fewer dollars. Toll roads are quicker than freeways. If I want to pony up the dough, I use a toll road. I have the option of a freeway. We have, as a group, decided to pay for these things because we’ve decided the common welfare demands it. We must do the same thing with health care.
The ObamaDemGOPInsurance fiends will suck us dry unless we demand an alternative. We can afford it. Start by lopping off 2 rings of the Pentagon – to paraphrase John Bolton. Demand the end to corporate “individuality” and publicly finance all elections so we can actually have representatives that work for us, not Blue Cross and Exxon. Stop illegal immigration. Yes, stop it. We cannot afford it. Period. And we could do it. We have over 700 overseas military bases. 700. Perhaps 500 would do. Ditch the Department of Education. It is worthless. Get the hell out of Afghanistan. That alone would save a huge amount of money. Trillions will be spent between now and the time we leave - after ‘losing’ anyway. No more bailouts of mega companies…ever. It is rank bullshit that any bailout saved the economy. What they did was turn acute, limited pain into long term suffering, while saving a bunch of smug smart asses from the consequences of their amoral actions. Finally, raise taxes on the rich.
There is a way to create a humane healthcare system. It would be imperfect but it would be saner than what is happening now. The name of our era will end up being “Screwing the Middle Class for fun and profit.” The leaches must be stopped.