Bob Bourque of Los Alamos writes:
Do I want government bureaucrats deciding on my health care? You bet I do! Because the other choice is to have corporate
bureaucrats deciding on my health care. I have some control over the
government bureaucrats: I can vote out their bosses who tell them what
to do. I have no control over the corporate bureaucrats. They can do
what they please, and pay off politicians to stay out of the way.
Government bureaucrats will charge a few percent for the administrative
work they would do, which is like what they do for Social Security and
Medicare. Corporate bureaucrats now charge 30% to pay their CEOs
hundreds of millions of dollars and billions to their investors.
"Health care" companies do not
do health care. They simply collect premiums from us, get the bills
from doctors and hospitals, decide how much they are going to pay, and
pay it. They are just pass-throughs. And they skim that 30% right off
the top while doing it. Of course they are going to fight
tooth-and-nail against a government-run health plan: It would make
them irrelevant and put them out of business. And of course they don't
want to give up that cushy gravy train. In all the talk-show
bickering, these simple facts above are being obscured. The health
care companies don't care about us. Like all corporations, they are in
it to make money. And what an easy way to do it. Why should their
ease and comfort be at our expense? Get rid of these corporate
bureaucrats and let health care be run by people we have control over –
our elected officials.