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As the SCOTUS reviews the "Affordable" Care Act

I can't help wonder how, or if, we will ever get to away from the grip of our privatized system here in the USA.
Sure I like many would love to see a single-payer public insurance system. In fact I think health care, in it's totality, should be a public service career, but that is a different story.

But I look at how the current for-profit system is integrated into our economy. From investments in mutual funds which many retirements rely on, to drug manufacturer stocks that these same funds invest in, to all kinds of inroads our privatized medical system has spread to within the economy like a malignant cancer. Extracting these tentacles to secure a public based system without affecting the overall economy in an extremely negative way seems impossible to me unfortunately.


Murder Is Not an Anomaly in War

Military attacks like these in civilian areas make discussions of human rights an absurdity. Robert Bales, a U.S. Army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 16 civilians in two Afghan villages, including nine children, is not an anomaly. To decry the butchery of this case and to defend the wars of occupation we wage is to know nothing about combat. We kill children nearly every day in Afghanistan. We do not usually kill them outside the structure of a military unit. If an American soldier had killed or wounded scores of civilians after the ignition of an improvised explosive device against his convoy, it would not have made the news. Units do not stick around to count their “collateral damage.” But the Afghans know. They hate us for the murderous rampages. They hate us for our hypocrisy.

The scale of our state-sponsored murder is masked from public view. Reporters who travel with military units and become psychologically part of the team spin out what the public and their military handlers want, mythic tales of heroism and valor. War is seen only through the lens of the occupiers. It is defended as a national virtue. This myth allows us to make sense of mayhem and death. It justifies what is usually nothing more than gross human cruelty, brutality and stupidity. It allows us to believe we have achieved our place in human society because of a long chain of heroic endeavors, rather than accept the sad reality that we stumble along a dimly lit corridor of disasters. It disguises our powerlessness. It hides from view the impotence and ordinariness of our leaders. But in turning history into myth we transform random events into a sequence of events directed by a will greater than our own, one that is determined and preordained. We are elevated above the multitude. We march to nobility. But it is a lie. And it is a lie that combat veterans carry within them. It is why so many commit suicide.


Chris Hedges once again hitting home...hard.


When Repubs say, "...this is not about birth control"

I think the counter should be, "We know...it's worse than that".

Point out that they want ALL categories of insurance coverage to be filtered through the company owner's, or religious institution's, "moral" filter.

What would a Scientologist, a Mormon, a Hindu, a Muslim, a RW Bible thumping kook filter?

I cannot see how this latest attack on everyday people, by the Republican Party, will help them in any way whatsoever politically...but keep going idiots...you too Rush.

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