Many questions surround the health care crisis in America. The biggest question facing the “health care for all” coverage dilemma is answering the questions: And who will pay for it? Does America want to be just another welfare nation state or shall it persist in being the world’s premiere corporate welfare imperial nation?
Isn’t it supposed to be the job of the GOP to expand corporate welfare programs? When will “O” find the balls to break rank with the “Party of Let them Eat Cake”? During this critical time prior to the Democratic convention when Obama needs to prove to the Democrats that he is seriously the candidate that will best represent the needs of the people, why is Obama instead the poster boy the for the tech lobby sponsored white collar job giveaway? Solving the problem of middle class health care access can not be addressed without solving the problem of American labor practices that refuse to put American workers first. When it comes to solving America’s healthcare accessibility crisis, to say that overdue labor reforms in tandem with healthcare reforms must happen simultaneously would be an understatement.
Obama and McCain offer insurance plans that are more corporate welfare giveaways to benefit corporations (insurance and technology companies), but after reading this article in the Courier-Journal.com by Laura Unger and Patrick Howington with this comparison of the two plans, Obama’s plan is a greater expansion of wasteful technology subsidies that will still leave millions of Americans with little or no access to quality healthcare.
Are you one of the seventy five million people in America without health insurance? It is estimated that over 47 million American citizens and approximately 30 million immigrants are without access to healthcare coverage in the United States. As both duopoly candidates, McCain and Obama, support corporate America in their pledge to hand over white collar jobs to cheap foreign workers by raising or eliminating the H-1b cap, millions of educated middle/upper middle class Americans who are unemployed and underemployed due to this program are now forced to make critical decisions affecting life or death health issues facing themselves and their families, such as cancer, as they are unable to pay for costly health care insurance premiums or are denied coverage altogether. As increasing numbers of middle class citizens are laid off and downsized to Obama backed tech lobby programs, his plan only offers mandatory health coverage for children – but not their parents. This also raises the question: if Obama supports the tech lobby’s H-1b program responsible for millions of lost white collar middle class jobs, how are these middle class Americans supposed to pay for the insurance premiums?
While Obama’s plan is equal to McCain’s in that they both include corporate welfare to the insurance companies, Obama’s plan goes one step further and offers a hefty $50 billion dollar subsidy to the technology industry. No wonder Obama is Google’s prima donna! And guess who gets to pay for all this medical record snoopability? Do you think technology companies will exclusively bootstrap and invent such cutting edge software that will all of a sudden make it possible for roughly one third of this nation’s population to magically have access to healthcare? Why should taxpayers subsidize $50 billion dollars for privacy violating technology that most doctors don't want to touch in order to fatten up an already bloated tech lobby while the rest of the economy goes to hell?
When Obama says he is going to “create a public health-insurance program”, most people stop and say “wow, I like the ‘public’ part” and ignore the fact that this has nothing to do with a single payer program as offered by third party candidate Ralph Nader that would guarantee universal coverage for all. Although McCain’s plan offers no public health-insurance program, Barack Obama’s plan is worse as it seeks to contain costs by subsidizing the technology industry with billions of taxpayer dollars for a wasteful electronic medical records program that many physicians robustly criticize as wasteful, time consuming and cumbersome. The vast majority of doctors aren't taking advantage of electronic medical records. In addition, medical records technology programs have been monitored by citizen privacy rights watchdog groups as an unabashed violation of patient privacy rights.
So it comes as no surprise that privacy rights may indeed not be high on the FISA flipping Obama’s agenda, as according to his plan, he would go beyond McCain’s insurance supporting lobby and also will provide
“$50 billion toward adoption of electronic medical records and related technology to reduce duplication of care, and allowing importation of U.S.-made drugs from other countries, such as Canada."
Bonus for a few Google and Microsoft insiders but what about the middle class white collar workers who are losing jobs and access to health care courtesy cozy corporate welfare arrangements disguised under the banner of healthcare? During this time of increasingly dubious technologies flooding the market that are subsidized by taxpayers offering big returns to only a few inner circle investors, Obama appears to be doing what the GOP does best: Keeping up with the Jones’ and sticking it to Joe Sixpack. So much for the middle class. When it comes to jobs and healthcare, the only “change” you can believe in is Obama’s plan to further eradicate the middle class by selling it out.
The last question to ask about Obama’s so-called healthcare plan is: “Why do“O” and his gatekeeping peeps hate America’s middle class?”