Obamanocchio’s Mandate Excuse

Obama, in delivering on his campaign promise to the oxymoronic “private medical insurance” corporations, is going to make purchasing one of its defective, extortionary products mandatory for all U.S. citizens.

As The New York Times reported on Sunday:

[I]nsurance companies have never wavered. Starting two weeks after the 2008 election, they have said they would accept greater federal regulation of their market practices if Congress also required everyone to have [private-sector] health insurance.

[Obama certainly delivers for his overclass patrons, doesn’t he?]

This, of course, necessitates a constant river of Reaganesque lying to voters.

obamaliarOne of the latest whoppers came right in Obama’s woeful and patronizing (one wonders what percentage of those who voted for him fit under the belittling label “my progressive friends,” i.e. all those who expected Obama to deliver at least some beneficial, public-spirited changes) “health care” speech last week.  It was this:

That’s why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance — just as most states require you to carry auto insurance.

This is patently, brazenly, Ronald Reagan-style, false.

Purchasing automobile insurance is not mandatory.  If it were, it would long ago have been turned into the very kind of  public, single-payer, not-for-profit system that was, is, and ever will be the only possible solution to the nation’s medical insurance scandal/disaster.

Clearly, we radicals, progressives, and realists need to find ourselves some actual friends.

Single Payer Reaches Bipartisan Status!

Alas, it’s only “bipartisan” among that puny, powerless group known as the entire voting public:

health-poll

So, half of Republicans now favor Medicare for All.  Think about that.

What is our glorious President Change and his magnificent Party doing about that, armed as they are with not only a 90-percent mandate among their own party members, but a clear majority of the opposition?  Why, they’re continuing to search for a “bi-partisan” answer — in the U.S. Senate, of course.

This is a major proof of Uncle Whiskers’ old point about the state being the executive committee of the ruling class. Our ruling class is too unhinged and out-of-control to cede anything that suggests your right to live is separate from your status as a piece of “human capital.”

Conclusions?

Obama is 100 percent part of the problem, not the solution. Collaboration is his middle name.  He is an epic disaster, a sick joke, a Reaganesque plague upon the nation.

Worse, our always deeply hamstrung system of self-government is now utterly broken.  What more proof do you need?  Jesus Palomino — half of Republicans already favor Medicare for All, yet that obvious and easy and massively popular policy remains “off the table”!!!!!

Time for a new social movement, a new president, and a new Constitution.  Time to stop being fooled by political marketers.  Time to make sure the 2010s will make the 1960s look like the 1950s.

Finding Facts, Not Ideologies, on Medical Access

Obama is freezing out single-payer medical insurance, a.k.a. basic modern civilization.

As the active marketing phase of this freeze-out commences, it is important to arm oneself with the facts that are about to be, yet again at this late, late date, crushed beneath the wheels of market-totalitarian ideology, as lovingly, faithfully, uncoercedly embraced (“We believe in capitalism, we believe in people getting rich” — March 18, 2009) by our new Social-Climber-in-Chief.

Here is the definitive report on the topic, by long-struggling Harvard Medical School leaders.  Read it.  Share it.  Fight for its authors’ principles, which flesh out the clear preference of the majority of the US population.

AARP, Shut the Hell Up!

Politics and marketing make Satanic bedfellows.

Witness the remarkably dishonest and harmful “Divided We Fail” advertising campaign being pushed by the hateful and corrupting American Association of Retired Persons.

In the ad-episode presently running on CNN, the voice-over claims AARP favors “financial security for all Americans.”

Balderdash, in the ultimate extreme.

Take a look at the “platform” page for this evil rearguard lobbying scam. There, you see that the AARP’s definition of “financial security for all Americans” means not income and wealth redistribution and/or repeal of our notoriously pro-business labor laws, but merely “financial incentives to save,” plus this lovely gem:

Americans of all ages should have access to tools to help manage their finances, and save for the future and better, easy to understand information to help them increase their financial literacy and manage their money wisely.

See? It’s like Steve Martin’s old self-help advice on “How to Make a Million Dollars” — Step 1. Get a million dollars…

And health care “for all”? You guessed it: By that, the AARP simply means the “opportunity” to purchase “affordable” insurance. How either end of that will ever materialize without single-payer public health insurance, the AARP, remaining squarely opposed to the “partisan” (as it would serve the masses not the overclasses) idea of single-payer, does not say.

In reality, the four main “partners” in this AARP assault on the window of opportunity we now have (with the “bipartisan” status quo of using high office to obstruct popular reforms being even less popular than ever) include not just the addlepated SEIU, but the Business Roundtable and the super-reactionary National Federation of Independent Businesses!

No wonder “Divided We Fail” lists in its core principles the counterfactual, dogshit insistence on “finding bipartisan solutions.”

No genuine and serious proponent of ordinary people’s interests should come with a mile of this steaming pile of worse-than-hopeless political trickery. Why rescue the Republicans and the business Democrats right at the moment when they stand utterly discredited? Why imagine that increased “bipartisanship” would solve any problem, to say nothing of health insurance and economic security for all?

High-Tech Snake Oil?

If you pay attention to the news, you’ll have noticed the breaking scandal over anti-cholesterol medicines. One, Vytorin, turns out to be at least half fake. The other, Lipitor, has VERY deceptively employed “Dr.” Robert Jarvik, the Harvard Med School student who never completed his training, and is not a physician and cannot prescribe medicines, but invented the artificial heart.

Turns out “Dr.” Jarvik — who looks every inch like a marathon-running vegan — probably didn’t start taking the Lipitor he says in his ads that he’s been personally using thankfully “as a doctor, and a dad” until after he started shilling for the Pfizer corporation, Lipitor’s peddler.

This, of course, raises the obvious follow-up question about whether Jarvik has actually ingested the pills or merely flushed them down his heated, gold-plated crapper.

But whatever the details of these two huge, well-researched medi-frauds may prove be, the most important points are certain to go unmentioned. Among these are:

1) The human meaning of the fact that there was $4.8 billion spent on U.S. drug advertising last year. That sum is greater than the GDPs of each of the Earth’s 45 poorest countries. And $4.8 billion is only the ADVERTISING number, meaning it’s only the tip of the iceberg. As is known by those who take the trouble to comprehend what corporate marketing is and how it works, advertising is merely the endpoint of the marketing process. Before it comes targeting, marketing research, and “product management.” Those processes are much more expensive than even advertising, which, per minute, is by far the most lavishly-funded form of video and pictorial drama, Hollywood blockbusters included.

2) The amount of fraud and waste in the capitalist medical-industrial complex. This cholesterol fracas suggests the share of naked snake-oiling going on is far bigger than even most single-payer advocates have suggested. How affordable could we make single-payer if we also ended these criminal schemes?

3) The profound irrationality of the corporate capitalist health destruction/care process. The amounts big business investors spend on drug marketing are beyond dwarfed by the megabucks they allocate to selling fast food, junk food, television-watching, and automobile-owning/driving. It’s the perfect racket: With one hand, you create the epidemic dangers; with the other, you profitably throw (often fake) pills at the symptoms. It is what Joseph Schumpeter famously called “creative destruction” — but the entity involved in the process is none other than the supposedly (and actually) sacred human life/body. Can you say “blasphemy”?