Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First, Do No Harm

Primum non nocere is Latin for "First, do no harm". It's part of the Hippocratic Oath, which all doctors in the USA swear.

Clearly, the Republicans don't swear an oath like that one. There are 48 million or so Americans without health insurance, and the Republicans remain the bought and paid for party, or, as they put it, the party of business. They and their surrogates are doing everything they can to make sure that there will never be any competition for their real constituency, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries (and the rest of corporate America), and that those 48 million people will remain uninsured. All that while the corporate gatekeepers to our medical care work hard to deny treatment to you and me.

The insurance companies claim to add all manner of value to the delivery of health care to justify their profits (up over 400% over the past 5 years). OK, prove it. Let's have a public option and we'll see just how much real and perceived value they do add when people have a choice. The reason the insurance industry is fighting this is because they already know what the outcome will be - mass defection of their "customers" to the government run plan.

We all know these insurance companies don't have our best interests at heart - they can't, because they are legally obligated to their shareholders above all else.

So the Republicans line up, lie to us, and worse.

Their strategy is to spread fear, as usual. Their tactics are more despicable than usual. This time it's just plain shouting down any reasoned debate or refusing to join a real discussion.

We've entered into a new era in America - the era of attempted mob rule by an increasingly marginalized party of the fringe. Our very own Taliban, the Republicans.

(Note: I wrote this back in August 09 but did not post it because of my work situation, which thankfully is over now)

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