The pile of victims President Obama has thrown under the bus to try to get health care reform passed is growing so large that just treating their internal injuries is going to bankrupt the national health care system.
First it was the insurance companies. When Obama realized early on that Americans weren’t chomping at the bit for socialized medicine, he subtly changed his language to imply that he was seeking “health insurance reform.” Insurance companies, to remind Obama, by definition have a vested interest in not covering costly treatments for people with a 100% risk of having a particular medical condition. But the administration nobly promised to go after, as the New York Times put it, “unpopular insurance industry practices, like refusing patients with pre-existing conditions”—also known as “providing insurance.”
Nancy Pelosi swore to oppose the “shock and awe, carpet-bombing by the health insurance industry to perpetuate the status quo”—as opposed to the couple, two-three homemade signs proffered by paid armies for Health Care for America Now, Organizing for America, SEIU, and ACORN. Obama promised to “reform the insurance companies so they can’t take advantage of you.” Pelosi slandered insurance companies as “villains.”
Surprisingly, insurance executives didn’t take kindly to being called monsters. Karen Ignagni, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, seethed, “Attacking our community will not help get anyone covered… We have to… correct the record.” read more »