Enronsurance

March 19th, 2010at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Scarecrow draws parallels between the lack of a public option in the healthcare reform bill and the lack of a public pool in the California energy market… which helped lead directly to Enron’s profiteering and CA’s rolling blackouts.  Very encouraging.  This bit in particular really pisses me off:

And we see the middlemen and their political supporters in Congress deliberately hobbling the public plan, raising its costs, and restricting access to that public option, on the theory that we shouldn’t do anything to undermine the current private insurance industry. After all, they argue, private markets are always more efficient than a government operation.

Riiiight.  Just like the insurance industry is more efficient than Medicare.  This is a completely bullshit argument which is used to obscure the real calculation, which is that healthcare “reform” must enrich rather than enfeeble the healthcare industry which donates so generously to congressmembers of both parties.

Our campaign finance system is so corrupt and fucked up that this is now the way of all reform: That it must be structured to benefit, or at least not harm, the very industries whose irresponsible greed and malfeasance created the need for reform in the first place.

Needless to say, this perverse constraint is not exactly a great foundation for effective reform legislation.  Unless you’re the healthcare industry, or the financial industry, or the energy industry, or…

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers


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