There’s no way around it. You know the plan. It’s been obvious over a decade. Obvious since corporations and the military tried to unseat Roosevelt, violently: if necessary. I wrote about the possibility in an edition of this column ten years ago. With the Supremes deciding an election, corporate person-hood pulled out of the posterior of a clerk’s misguided footnote, to the health care debate… the intent, and the drive, towards fascism has been steady, demanding.
I knew the Supremes would take on the health care debate. I knew they would make damn sure the whole thing came down during the election. We now know what the “October (non) surprise” will be. Scalia, Roberts, Thomas… pretty much the whole gang… have already decided: corporations have an absolute right to kill people by denying the health care. The government has no damn right to assure otherwise.
The poor and the less fortunate had damn well get their affairs in order. Cancer, major heart problems: anything life threatening will soon become an automatic death sentence.
There never was any plan for the government to make those decisions. The only government plan, as weak as it was, was to make sure you had to be treated. Probably treated as well as when a insurance company doing health care occasionally decides that some placebo is just as damn good as the medication that would have saved your life because it saves them a few buckaroos… but better than nothing.
Do you really think, if they rule against, with constant corporate and right wing demands that there be no regulations whatsoever, that emergency rooms will continue to serve those with no health care and insufficient funds in their accounts, in their wallets? If so: you’re dreaming. Health care will become a commodity for the rich, for upper level management, and you can just die. Emergency room doors will be closed in the case of severe necessity to all but the very rich, the well connected.
The cry of the 1% has become less “let them eat cake,” more “let them eat the scythe of the grim reaper.”
Like government “death panels,” the whole “government owned health care” was a lie from the start. The pathetic health care bill that was passed traded the right to deny health care for health care companies getting a larger, guaranteed, customer base. It sucks. It in itself does have a fascist element to it, true: with government walking hand in hand with rich health care corps making them richer so maybe, just maybe, they’ll make less corpses.
It’s better than mandatory dying for those who aren’t rich enough to pay for health care. That’s what the “Obamacare” haters have been pushing for with their anti-any-reg zeal. They want true trickle down: formaldehyde trickled down into your veins, or simply the trickle down rain as you lay in the dumpster because your survivors can’t even afford that.
Insurance companies shouldn’t be in the business of saying who gets adequate treatment, or not, anyway. They shouldn’t be in health care at all, because a company’s bottom line should never decide who lives, who dies. Yet, ironically, a good portion of the nation has been brainwashed into believing it’s the government who will decide who lives, who dies, under the mislabeled ‘Obamacare.'” Call it what it is: Romneycare. That’s what it’s based on. Or a weak form of Nixoncare: for Republican Richard Nixon proposed health care reforms far more radical than this meek effort.
But it’s better than the real death panels operated by pure corporate greed, especially once all those pesky “don’t turn the dying at the emergency room door down” regs go away.
Expect it. That’s what’s coming. Emergency room health care may be the worst way to do health care… but lacking other options at least it’s something.
At least five of The Supremes, packed into the court by consecutive radical Republican administrations, will be very happy to rule against health care next fall. Anything to humiliate Barack, anything to put the Republican junta back in power like they did in 2000. Besides, like any of the Constitution they are sworn to protect, the pursuit of happiness means nothing to the the five main Supreme Reich Wing goosesteppers, unless it’s the pursuit of happiness for Thomas’ wife. Thomas: whose wife makes millions being an advocate against health care, against anyone but the rich living on through the efforts of decent health care. Thomas: who never will recuse himself. And of course the other 4…
Fascists to the core.
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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