The White House and Congress are betraying the public trust on the current health care “debate” which is both uninformed and duplicitous–the White House KNOWS it has not done its homework; it KNOWS it does not have a Whole of Government strategy for governance within our means; and it KNOWS the planned bill is unaffordable, unexecutable, and good ONLY for the profits. Until we take the profit and the waste out of health care, and address health care in four parts (see the illustration below that leads to the chapter on The Substance of Governance by Robert Steele), AND as part of a twelve-policy harmonization of means, ways, and ends, what passes for a government in the USA will continue to be criminally insane or insanely criminal. It is what it is. Time to change that.
Six senators representing 3 percent of the population are running things because the White House wants it that way
By Robert Reich
Aug. 23, 2009 | On Thursday, the so-called Gang of Six – three Republicans and three Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee – met by conference call and, according to Max Baucus, D-Mont., the committee’s chair, reaffirmed their commitment “toward a bipartisan healthcare reform bill” (read: less coverage and no public insurance option). The Washington Post reports that the senators shared tales from their home states, where some have been besieged by protesters angry about a potential government takeover of the nation’s healthcare system.
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It’s not even as if the gang represents America. The three Dems in the gang are from Montana, New Mexico and North Dakota – states that together account for just over 1 percent of Americans. The three Republicans are from Maine, Wyoming and Iowa, which together account for 1.6 percent of the American population.
So, I repeat: Why has it come down to these six? Who anointed them? Apparently, the White House.
A growing body of evidence suggests that doctors at some of the nation’s top medical schools have been attaching their names and lending their reputations to scientific papers that were drafted by ghostwriters working for drug companies — articles that were carefully calibrated to help the manufacturers sell more products.
By MIKE BAKER and BOB LEWIS , 08.19.09, 03:09 AM EDT
The newcomers are caught in a crossfire between their congressional leaders to the left and conservative constituents to the right, and they hold clout that could determine if health care legislation passes – and in what form.
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“I hope the freshmen have their eyes open to what’s going on out here – to see that they need to represent the people that put them in office,” he said.
Below are links to two stories on health care, both offering strong points of view, neither being completely accurate or particularly coherent in stratgic analytic terms.
Health Care 101:
Health Care is a four-part affair, and any policy proposal that fails to address all four parts is unaffordable, unsustainable, and a betrayal of the public trust.
Health Care is part of the mosaic of threats and policies that demand coherency and holistic handling by the President and Congress. Although President Obama knows that a strategic analytic model exists (it was put under his hotel room door in Des Moines) he has chosen to allow the Democratic partisan mafia to manage policy in the old way, as ideologically-driven pork, rather than in the new way, as an intelligence challenge. In the below graphic, please note that if cow shit is poisoning spinach (Agriculture) and Water from the tap is now “Blue Death” in many places, at the same time that energy and electronmagnetic polution are inflicting all poor urban children with severe asthma, then “health care” in narrow (nearly idiotic) manner now being considered by Congress is a fiction.
Finally, health care is unaffordable and unsustainable for as long as three conditions exist:
1) it is not a public service and is driven by profit (withdrawals of cash from the system)
2) it allows for 50% of every dollar to be waste as documented by PriceWaterHouseCoopers and
3) it seeks to control inputs rather than outcomes
Below are today’s two stories, each offering a perspective not the whole picture properly analyzed.
The Hidden Healthcare Nightmare
When an insurance firm boss saw a field hospital for the poor in Virginia, he knew he had to speak out. Here, he tells Paul Harris of his fears for Obama’s bid to bring about radical change
Obama Lied—The Economy Died
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery
Dereliction of Duty (Health)
Our failure to plan for the return of our soldiers wounded in our Global War on Terrorism has made it necessary to examine our unprepared and overwhelmed military/veterans health care system. Much is at stake. We are engaged in de facto perpetual war that depends on volunteers for victory. On July 31, after five months of analysis and deliberation, the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors will present its recommendations. Co-Chairs Senator Bob Dole and former Secretary of Health Donna Shalala, both experienced and deeply committed to the task, will propose changes. The most significant effects of their recommendations upon the Nation and our maimed, cognitively impaired and traumatized service members and their families will accrue over a generation or more.
On that not yet foreseeable day when oil flows out of Iraq and international oil interests trumpet the event, wounded veterans will be reminded anew of their enduring courage and self-sacrifice, a gift to the Nation that made it possible for the rest of us to avoid conscription. Fraught with combat memories, flashbacks, and disabilities, that reminder could never be sweet, but it will not be bitter if they find themselves as welcome in rehabilitation as they were in recruitment.
When the Commission presents its recommendations, some 3,200 of our volunteer soldiers will have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and about 900 will have died of “non-hostile” accidents, heat exhaustion and illness. Officially, about 28,075 have already been wounded: unofficial but authoritative analysis nearly doubles that number. But the signature wound of this war is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from the blast forces of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Blast-TBI (bTBI) is invisible to the naked eye as is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Military doctors tell us that the official count underestimates the number of our soldiers who will return to their families, communities and employers with TBI’s slowed thinking, deficits in attention and concentration, headaches, memory loss, sleep disturbance, and irritability and with PTSD’s flashbacks and crippling emotional conditions. The number of invisibly wounded soldiers now exceeds the number of visibly wounded. We must not feign blindness to the epidemic we have brought home from this war.