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Less than 2 weeks after Obama was elected, America's Health Care Programs sent out a press release.

That press release was titled Health Plans Propose Guaranteed Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions and Individual Coverage Mandate and you can read it here. This is long before health care reform even began, when we were all still giving each other high-fives about the election.

And over the course of the next year and a half, there would be debates and arguments in Congress about changes to health care but in the end, the PPACA ("Obamacare") wound up following the template from that press release.

Isn't that interesting? Why do you suppose that is? Were some of the most ghoulish and vampiric corporate entities that exist in America being...magnanimous? Generous?

Really?

Really?

Nomatter. You are now officially on the hook. Whether you've realized it yet or not. You are now on Karen Ignagni's hook, on AHIP's hook.

For life. By law.

It may look like you just walked into a room with free danishes and coffee- who doesn't love that? But that shit isn't free. It's being provided by organizations with the most ruthless and brutal bottom-line in America. Grab all the danishes and coffee you can, AHIP gets 'em cheap.

Oh and here it comes. Lemme guess: You think I wanna see people die because I'm against subsidizing private health care corporations, right? You think I want to rip out the intravenous drips from the arms of little kids with leukemia. You think I want to deny the chemo for the woman with breast cancer.

There's a whole industry in America that has financial incentive and no qualms about letting those people die, and you're eating their danishes and drinking their coffee. So enjoy the illusion while you can. Every election year from now until you leave this earth, politicians will be promising to stand against those ruthless health care corporations and fight for your interests. And every election year, you'll hope that this batch of politicians is telling the truth.

In a post-Citizens United America.

Good luck with that.

Forbes: Mandate To Buy Coverage: Health Insurance Industry's Idea, Not Obama's
Frontline: Obama's Deal

PB

RANT: Did you hear that faint creak? It was America's problems passing the tipping point.

Between the louder crashes of masonry falling from the ceiling I just heard a little...well, like a little creak. Almost missed it, too. That worried me more than anything. I don't care about the roof caving in but that sound means the foundation is going.

House representatives have two year terms. Senators have 6 year terms. The President has 4 year terms. And they're all staggered.

Even then, I think they can get it together enough to put a new roof on the house or a new deck in back or drop some bombs on the bad folks down the block. If they really had to, they could probably do it. I'd like to think so, anyway.

But I don't think with the way America has gotten they're gonna get their shit together enough to restore America to something healthier, something free or freer of corruption and graft. I don't think they have it in them.

The foundation is going, folks. This isn't about Obama or House reps or Senators and it's not even about Democrats or Republicans or third parties. The foundation is going and the people who we need to be concentrating on bringing us out of this mess are, most of them, already bought up by corporate, banking or other industrial interests and whose view of the world is limited in the extreme. I'm coming to terms with the realization that at least two of the three branches of government might have entered a permanently failed state. An unrecoverable dysfunction.

Like the Soviet Union was, when I was growing up. Corruption, corruption, corruption and a gestapo-style state-police to enforce it all.

We no-longer have the luxury of living in the "My Children Will Fix It" world, either. I'm almost 40. This shit is starting to snowball and the wheels are going to come off in my lifetime and probably in your lifetime, too. With the banking meltdowns here and in Europe you could arguably make the case that they already have.

I am not real excited by the prospect that the rest of my natural life will be filled with continuous wars, banking calamities, struggling to afford good healthcare (even in the good times), watching my inalienable Constitutional Rights abridged or "reinterpreted" away, entirely. Partisan political catamites spin what they can but there are good people, or at least people with some thread of decency in them, on both sides of the aisle.

But I don't think there's enough of them anymore, even if you gathered them all up regardless of party affiliation. My choice of futures as a middle-class American are rapidly slimming down to "Would you like to be slapped hard forty times in the face or be knocked out from a single blow?"

PB

NYT:Intrigue in Karzai Family Clouds Afghanistan’s Fate

From the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/world/asia/karzai-family-moves-to-protect-its-privilege.html
Intrigue in Karzai Family Clouds Afghanistan’s Fate
WASHINGTON — With the end in sight for Hamid Karzai’s days in office as Afghanistan’s president, members of his family are trying to protect their status, weighing how to hold on to power while secretly fighting among themselves for control of the fortune they have amassed in the last decade.

--snip--

The looming withdrawal of American and NATO troops by 2014 from the still unresolved war, along with President Karzai’s coming exit, is causing anxiety among the Afghan elite who have been among the war’s biggest beneficiaries, enriching themselves from American military contracts, insider business deals with foreign companies, government corruption and narcotics trafficking.

“If you are one of the Afghan oligarchs, where you put your money and where you live is an open question now,” Seth Jones, an analyst at the RAND Corporation, said. “That means you are thinking about moving your money and finding a backup option about where to live.”

The president’s family — many of whom are American citizens who returned to Afghanistan after an American-led coalition toppled the Taliban in 2001 and brought Mr. Karzai to power — are among those who have prospered the most, by the accounts of many Afghan businessmen and government insiders.


Much more at the link!

This isn't just a news story. It's a clue.

PB
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