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The growing chorus of voices telling us that the “evils” of socialism are coming to America as more and more candidates are pushing for medicare for all-styled medical coverage for American citizens is absurd. We’re being told that such a plan could destroy the country but what they really mean is that it will severely hurt corporate profits. Sick people are big business for both insurance and healthcare companies, and giving them better coverage could reduce the profits of these financial behemoths. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
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If you've been paying attention to any of the Conservative or Right Wing, and even establishment Democrat talking heads recently, then you are probably aware of the fact that socialism is creeping into the United States, and that this country is essentially screwed because of it.
Now, of course, none of that is true. We're not screwed. Socialism is not creeping up here in the United States, though it should be. We just have a few politicians out there right now who are saying those radical things like, "Hey, maybe we should have Medicare for all, for citizens of the United States. Maybe a public option that people could buy into, rather than going to a private health insurance company that's going to rip them off, or deny them coverage based on preexisting conditions." That, according to these wealthy elite, is the socialism that's coming to the United States. And here's the thing.
Meghan McCain on The View, is one of the leading voices of this anti-socialism movement. She got all up in arms last week because she was furious about the fact that her grandkids, her kids may end up having to grow up in a world where everybody is entitled to healthcare. How horrible would that be for a man whose father can't even remember how many homes he owns? I'm sure we all remember that from the 2008 presidential primaries and debates.
John McCain didn't know how many houses he had. He's so damn rich, he doesn't know. And the same is true for people like Meghan McCain, born into this obscene amount of wealth so they have no concept of reality anymore. All she knows is that she wants to deny everybody else the same privileges that she has had since the day she was born because her mother has a ton of money.
Socialism does need to creep into the United States. But the reason we're hearing all of these scaremongering tactics that it's going to destroy the country, or that it's completely unaffordable, or that it's going to give us worse care, is because corporations want us to think that. The health insurance companies, big pharma, all of those companies have a financial stake in keeping things the way that they are and not improving them.
Because if we were to get a public option, that could open Congress up to be able to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. Oh, big pharma doesn't want that. And if we're buying from the government instead of a place like Blue Cross, or Aetna, or any of the other ones, they're going to lose money because they're not going to get our dollars anymore.
And to be honest, employers should be pushing for this kind of plan because it takes the healthcare burden cost off of them and shifts it to the patient, the consumer, the worker, and the government that they're paying into. Seems like a pretty decent trade off to me, right. And yet, here we are, still having to have these discussions about whether or not Medicare for all, universal healthcare, a public option, whatever you want to refer to it as. I know they're all different things, but you hear different things all the time about them. Whatever you want to call it, we're still having to have the discussion about whether or not it's viable.