lieberman $12.6M, mcconnell $7.8M, baucus $7.7M, cornyn $6.7M, kyl $5.6M, grassley $5.4M,
ensign $5.2M, conrad $5.1M, cantor $4.9M, nelson $4.9M, burr $4.8M, boehner $4.4M, hatch $4.4M,
lincoln $4.1M, vitter $3.9M, carper $3.6M were paid by the Medical Industrial Complex to
kill Health Care Reform. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, Aug 09')
Co-Author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of a Recent Harvard Study on Annual Deaths of America's Uninsured, says the lack of coverage can be tied to about 45,000 deaths a year in the United States. The only way to affordably cover all Americans is through a Medicare-for-All, Single-Payer System. A Single-Payer System would generate $300-$400 billion in administrative savings annually, enough to cover all of the uninsured, and to plug the gaps in coverage for Americans with only partial coverage. Obviously, Medicare-for-all is anathema to the insurance industry. What politicians are doing is saving insurance industry profits, by sacrificing American lives.
12 Million Americans were denied health care coverage by the Medical Industrial Complex because they had a pre-existing medical condition. 12K Americans are denied insurance coverage everyday by a for-profit Insurance bureaucrat. (Source: WaPo Article 05′ by Harvard Prof. E. Warren)
Medical malpractice lawsuits are a hot topic but, are they? Tort Reform is such a “Red Herring” and is easily disproved. A 2004 report by the Congressional Budget Office said medical malpractice makes up only 2 percent of U.S. health spending. Even “significant reductions” would do little to curb health-care expenses, it concluded.
bush(43) economic speech writer david frum, at least, is willing to admit the idea about selling insurance across state lines is a crock:
New Jersey health policies cost more in large part because New Jersey hospitals and doctors charge more. If I buy a cheaper Kentucky policy that reimburses my providers at Kentucky rates, leaving me to pay the balance, how much good does that do me? And if the Kentucky policy is made to pay New Jersey rates, there vanishes my low Kentucky price.
These are some of the easily refuted arguments bought and paid for by the Medical Industrial Complex to derail any chance of their criminally massive profits being reduced.
Citizens for Tax Justice pointed this out. The tax legislation enacted under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2006 will cost $2.48 trillion over the 2001-2010 period. This includes the revenue loss of $2.11 trillion that results directly from the cheney/bush tax cuts as well as the $379 billion in additional interest payments on the national debt that we must make since the tax cuts were deficit-financed. Over the upcoming decade (2010-2019), the costs of the health care proposals approved by three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are projected to be around $1 trillion and deficit neutral(that means they’re paid for). In 2010, when all the cheney/bush tax cuts are finally phased in, a staggering 52.5 percent of the benefits will go to the richest 5 percent of taxpayers. The cheney/bush tax cuts were deficit-financed, which increased the national debt and resulted in greater interest payments on that debt. cheney/bush administration never even tried to pay for their tax-cuts. So, for the price of cheney/bush’s tax-cuts for the wealthiest 5%, we could have had Health Care for every American. Instead Americans got bupkus and cheney/bush’s republican campaign contributors/golf buddies got filthy rich off of the Blood Money from No-Bid, Cost-Plus Federal Contracts.
It is morally repugnant to profit off the misery or ill health of Americans. It's criminal that medical bills to the private for-profit MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX make up 62% of all bankruptcies filed in the U.S. each year. Americans spend 2.5 Trillion Dollars a year on Health care. The overhead at the private for-profit MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX is upwards of 35% of the health care dollar spent each year in the U.S. That is approximately $900 Billion plus a year the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX uses for BRIBING CONGRESS and their lavish lifestyles, huge salaries plus perks and bonuses. All the while milking the hard-working men/women of this great nation of their hard earned money.
On the other hand MEDICARE has an overhead of 2%, Canada's system is 1.5%, Europe's 2.5% on average. The money that could be saved by eliminating the private for-profit MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX is estimated at over $900 Billion a year. Enough money to help pay for putting all Americans on MEDICARE/SINGLE-PAYER TYPE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM or a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION.
Per capita health care spending (2008):
United States:_______$7439 Canada:______________$3173 France:______________$3048 United Kingdom:______$2560 Japan:_______________$2293 Spain:_______________$2099 Singapore:___________$1118
The U.S. has a lower life expectancy(24th), lower infant mortality rate(29th), lower health care systems(37th), lower medical outcomes(77th), than all modern, civilized, industrialized nations.
This chart was produced from information obtained at OpenSecrets.org: Link It shows how much money was paid to Congress by the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX during their political careers. It's criminal that the U.S. doesn't have Single-Payer Health Care, these are the criminals.
HMO's & MEDICAL INDUSTRY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS (CAMPAIGN CMTE. AND LEADERSHIP PAC'S)
Baucus_______D-MT____$7,734,102________Feinstein__D-CA____$5,032,779 McCain_______R-AZ____$42,047,998_______Snowe______R-ME____$2,440,607 McConnell____R-KY____$7,845,572________Corker_____R-TN____$3,838,289 Boehner______R-OH____$4,498,881________Cantor_____R-VA____$4,955,808 Graham_______R-SC____$2,965,514________Coburn_____R-OK____$2,127,748 Hatch________R-UT____$4,146,150________Bayh_______D-IN____$5,232,738 Kyl__________R-AZ____$5,653,387________Voinovich__R-OH____$3,851,961 Lieberman____R-CT____$12,686,804_______Bond_______R-MO____$4,305,034 Grassley_____R-IA____$5,457,287________Burr_______R-NC____$4,892,513 Conrad_______D-ND____$5,187,891________Isakson____R-GA____$5,724,045 Nelson_______D-FL____$8,814,895________Carper_____D-DE____$3,692,380 Reid_________D-NV____$9,684,761________DeMint_____R-SC____$4,255,881 Durbin_______D-IL____$4,496,851________Wyden______D-OR____$3,764,311 Collins______R-ME____$4,381,596________Vitter_____R-LA____$3,928,295 Ensign_______R-NV____$5,226,139________Cochran____R-MS____$1,672,162 Nelson_______D-NE____$4,983,765________Bennett____R-UT____$3,288,146 Landrieu_____D-LA____$7,064,242________Barrasso___R-WY____$1,111,961 Chambliss____R-GA____$6,433,300________Lugar______R-IN____$3,606,762 Lincoln______D-AR____$4,190,592________Roberts____R-KS____$3.194,379 Cornyn_______R-TX____$6,703,096________Bunning____R-KY____$4,638,599 Enzi_________R-WY____$1,979,418________Gregg______R-NH____$2,833,808 Alexander____R-TN____$8,883,735________Murkowski__R-AK____$1,590,867 Specter______D-PA____$16,800,629_______Sessions___R-AL____$4,447,950 Crapo________R-ID____$2,121.610________Shelby_____R-AL____$8,463,047 Durbin_______D-IL____$8,496,851________Martinez___R-FL____$2,751,590 Inhofe_______R-OK____$2,814,316________Hagan______D-NC____$1,141,908 Pryor________D-AR____$3,470,090________Thune______R-SD____$5,675,418
Pomeroy______D-ND____$4,930,482________Tanner_____D-TN____$2,408,392 Gordon_______D-TN____$2,904,712________Hill_______D-IN____$1,459,618 Ross_________D-AR____$2,448,260________Boucher____D-VA____$2,653,094 Kind_________D-WI____$1,776,388________Stupak_____D-MI____$1,482,515 Altmire______D-PA____$1,193,879________Matheson___D-UT____$2,425,435 Inslee_______D-WA____$1,323,532________Barrow_____D-GA____$2,303,175 Melancon_____D-LA____$1,250,634________Pence______R-IN____$1,698,844 Braley_______D-IA____$1,461,368________Wilson_____R-SC____$1,223,467 Space________D-OH____$__789,900________Titus______D-NV____$__424,100
Now, when I call each member I can quote to them how much money they were PAID/BRIBED by the MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX to throw their constituents under the bus and deny them SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE or at least a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION.
Here are the toll-free numbers for the Capitol Hill Switchboard:
(Toll Free # House and Senate)
1-866-338-1015 _____ 1-866-220-0044
Also give the President a call or write an e-mail:
White House Comments Line:__________1-202-456-1111 M-F 9:00-5:00 est. (NOT A TOLL-FREE #)
President Obama's e-mail: http://www.whitehouse.gov/...
Nothing rattles the Congress and White House more than informed CITIZEN/VOTERS ringing the phones off the hook for real health care reform. Call the House, Senate and the White House and demand,
MEDICARE/SINGLE-PAYER TYPE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL NOW!
or at least a
STRONG PUBLIC OPTION
Don’t let the Medical Industrial Complex steal your Health Care from you and your family by donating huge sums of money to Crooked Politicians in order to maintain the Status Quo. Keep up the good fight.