14,000 AMERICANS LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE and
Stephen Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Group (remember, they posted a staggering profit of 155% this year!) makes $819,363.10. Yes, EVERY DAY. Ain’t laissez faire capitalism GREAT?
It’s about PROFITS:
Health insurance profits rose 428% between 2000 and 2007. How? Well, by denial of coverage for expensive lifesaving care and by kicking sick people off the rolls. Another favorite health insurance company ploy in REAL RATIONING is to steer people to high deductible insurance plans, and pared-down catastrophic coverage only.
During the same period, as health insurance company profits went through the roof, the number of uninsured Americans rose by 19% from 38.4 million to 45.7 million, while the number of the underinsured rose exponentially.
Rationed care for profits:
The average health insurance CEO pay is $11.9 million. Now, is there any doubt why the health insurance industry is fighting with bare knuckles and hooliganism to prevent the facts from getting out? In tight economic times, this is one hell of a gravy train to give up.
Can anyone really blame them?
Mr. President, how could you believe any differently? Perhaps it’s a lesson learned that a community organizing model which brings disparate groups together in common purpose -– from the local community to small businesses and corporations -- does not always translate to the BIG STAGE where literally TRILLIONS of dollars and one-sixth of our economy are at stake.
And the wingnuts call our President a socialist? Ha! Any socialist worth his or her rose would have seen through the corporate schmoozing ‘why can’t we all get along, oh yeah, we’ll cooperate’ schemes in a Chi-town second. Senator Bernie Sanders had their empty promises sussed from the get-go.
Ah, if only the people knew how truly mainstream our President really is.
Even so, I can understand scared and confused seniors from the “greatest generation” not feeling reassured by offhand comments like “we’re not messin’ with your Medicare.” That’s a surprising tin ear, Mr. President. On this one, seniors are looking for an ironclad guarantee -– which should be a no-brainer for a Democratic president.
Time to get back to fighting trim or should I say, campaign mode, Mr. President. I hope you’ll come out swinging for the American people beginning tomorrow at your New Hampshire town hall event.
Here’s a video that should drive the obscene profits for TRUE RATIONED HEALTHCARE message home to anyone willing to think and listen and learn:
"The Health Insurance Racket:
Getting Rich by Denying Americans Care
UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley owns $744,232,068 in unexercised stock options. CIGNA’s Edward Hanway spends his holidays in a $13 million beach house in New Jersey. Meanwhile, regular Americans are routinely denied coverage for the care they need when they need it most.
Welcome to the American health insurance industry. Instead of helping policyholders attain the health security they need for their families, big insurance companies get rich by denying coverage to patients. Now they’re sending lobbyists to Washington, DC to twist the arms of lawmakers to oppose reform of the status quo. Why? Because the status quo pays."