International Writers Magazine - Our 20th Year: US Healthcare Reform: From Our Archives
once had a friend named Lenny, who was the leader of a fifties cover
band called the Jets that played at the Yakkety Yak Club. Lenny
was a cool guy and a very charming person. He was also a little
bit of a lush, yknow? By the third set he could be counted
on to be half in the bag.
One night Lenny
was in the mens room having a leak when he got involved in a conversation
with the fellow at the next urinal. When he turned to the guy to make
a point he pissed on the guys leg and the guy broke his jaw.
These town hall rubes who are disrupting and breaking up community meetings
on health insurance reform remind me a little bit of Lenny, but they
are not anywhere near as charming and good-natured as he was, and they
sure cant sing and play "Dont Be Cruel". Nevertheless,
with their incoherent, hysterical diatribes about socialism and death
panels they are pissing all over our leg.
I am not here to debate the merits of universal health insurance. That
is a given. I am complaining about the lunatic fringe of society
loudmouth sociopaths who are being bussed around the country and paid
cash money by insurance companies to do what they do best, scream and
yell vindictively and inflict their freakin country values on the industrialized
Nobody outside their little wacky circle of friends cares what they
think.. Nobody is trying to take away their health insurance. They complain
that they shouldnt have to contribute to a national plan, but
meantime the rest of us have been paying school taxes to educate these
citizens idiotic offspring (to what result?) and have never complained
People in New York have been paying a fortune in taxes which goes toward
subsidizing idiot people throughout New York state and beyond, and these
morons have never shown the least amount of gratitude to us, but we
dont constantly complain, even though we dont care about
them at all. All my life I have been paying taxes to educate other peoples
idiot offspring and keep yokels in Biloxi, Mississippi, afloat, to subsidize
Bushs ridiculous Iraq comedy, and now I need something, health
Since all the good industrial jobs went abroad, I have been
working in offices with a bunch of lazy nitwits, sometimes with health
insurance and sometimes not. The stress of it gave me an irregular heartbeat,
and it is only by scheming and gaming the system that I have so far
succeeded out staying out of trouble. I am too young for Medicare and
not poor enough for Medicaid. I need normal coverage. I dont care
about the convoluted reasoning presented by the entrenched interests
and parroted by their paid agitators. Quit jerking me around! Right now
New York is going through hard times.
Things would be a whole lot easier if we didnt have to pull a
trainload of idiots and nutcases behind us. Basically, New York would
be a lot happier if we could be our own country with our own flag (a
Yankees flag!) and our own passport. More exclusive! We could set things
up the way we want without a gang of cretinous morons inflicting their
hick sensibilities on us. Id vote for that!
Its like a marriage thats not working out. I had a conversation
with this Texan who inherited a lot of money but not a lot of intelligence.
He told me, "Poor people have to accept that its their destiny
to be poor". Easy for him to say. He expected me to agree with
him, because for a long time that type of thinking has been the default
position. I told him that to my way of thinking Willie Nelson is the
greatest living Texan, which didnt impress him too much. In his
part of Texas they dont admire ol Willie too much.
Every time I see one of those red state suckers, I want to shoot the
television. Fortunately, in New York we have got gun control, so it
keeps me from inflicting damage on myself or anybody else. The rest
of the country doesnt have gun control, much less mouth control.
Lets examine the most overheated subject of this summer, which
is whether the government should be permitted to set up a health insurance
plan to compete against private companies. In Europe private companies
were driven out of the health insurance market a long time ago, yet
they are still making piles of money. AXA, Allianz, SocGen all still
have huge insurance operations, and they are still in the health field
by selling insurance plans that supplement the government plans. Some
of them have even seen their supplemental plans skyrocket as cautious
Europeans seek coverage for expenses that are not covered by the single
payer entities, such as private hospital rooms, home health care for
the elderly, cash payments during periods of incapacity, etc.
Of course, the European insurance companies did not do this by choice.
They were driven to it by the political will of the public, who long
ago determined that they were sick of being bled dry and having their
health suffer just to enrich the coffers of private insurers.
This process is now taking place in the United States, on a primitive
level. U.S. healthcare is being held hostage by a medical/banking establishment
which is bleeding it dry and exacting huge profits by exploiting the
political ignorance of the population, and they mean to keep it going
by any means necessary.
If it means buying off politicians, no problem. No matter how much they
spend on corrupting politicians its still a drop in the bucket
compared to the amounts they are raking in. With the shrinking industrial
base and cut-throat competition coming from other countries, there are
very few investment opportunities as lucrative as holding a gun to the
heads of the people and soaking them for medical care.
Theres an old gag in the comedy business. When a table of customers
is laughing, the comic tells them, "Why dont you run around
the room and pretend youre a crowd?" The medical/insurance
combine has taken that gimmick to heart, busing the same stale characters
around the country and paying them good money to bust up any kind of
consensus on medical insurance by doing what they do best: scream, cry,
hold up bibles, complain about abortion any kind of distraction.
Then the news media focus on these Potemkin Villages of outraged yokels
to convince the public that people dont want insurance reform,
even though increasingly huge segments of the population have no coverage,
are being bled dry or are being bankrupted by the medical oligarchy.
Sorry to say, but when the news media behaves in such a destructive,
antisocial manner, maybe its time to conduct a public examination
of the big media conglomerates to discover whether or not there is any
conflict of interest behind their reporting e.g. whether they hold insurance
or medical stocks. That would be an interesting subject of public inquiry,
to be sure!
Sure I write a lot of garbage, and some of it is antisocial, considering
the kind of societal set-up we have. But who is more destructive, me
or Fox News?
Dean Borok - August 18th 2009
*Since deceased - his lively contributions still missed.
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