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Lack of Health Care Kills

March 1, 2010

Compare that with the amount of money we are spending on the War on Terror and the problem is only further exacerbated. Globalissues.org shows us the way our government is spending our money:

Unfortunately the allocation of taxes has been grossly misapportioned to fight a war of idealology with out of control spending.  The Congressional Research  Service noted:

With enactment of the FY2009 Supplemental (H.R. 2346/P.L. 111-32) on June 24, 2009, Congress has approved a total of about $944 billion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks.

With spending so disproportionate and ever increasing, and with House and Senate Republicans on an all out war against health care, it is astonishing to see the utter disregard for human life in our own country. Those who oppose Heath Care reform need a wake up call. If anything, at least remove the insurance companies from anti-trust exemption in an effort to create a competitive market.  Robert Reich, in the New York Times notes:

More than 90 percent of insurance markets in more than 300 metropolitan areas are “highly concentrated,” as defined by the Federal Trade Commission, according to the American Medical Association. A 2008 survey by the Government Accountability Office found the five largest providers of small group insurance controlled 75 percent or more of the market in 34 states, and 90 percent or more in 23 of those states, a significant increase in concentration since the G.A.O.’s 2002 survey.

The health care industry is a non-competitive industry that is racking up profits, as America’s five largest health insurers made a total profit of $12.2 billion last year; that was 56 percent higher than in 2008.

I am not opposed to making a profit, far from it, but I am opposed to the monopolization of the health care industry at the expense of people dying. The 52:1 ratio mentioned above is startling, and while we hunt down suspected terrorists, sacrifice more of our privacy and civil liberties, American citizens are dying by our own inaction.

Most importantly we are misappropriating tax dollars on a war most Americans don’t believe in, with the Insurance Companies remain unchecked monopolies. Clearly, when it comes to quality health care verses military spending, this is not a competition.

– JDR

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