By Jon Rappoport
Why is the Obama legislation double-barreled? Why does it offer both a private and public option?
Why are we hearing relatively few howls of protest from the private insurance industry?
What happened to the Democrats’ single-payer program, in which Medicare would be expanded to include all Americans under one roof?
The answers to these questions yield up the same result: the private insurance mammoth so far supports the Obama Plan. The private (and possibly the public) option will be priced by the insurance companies, to ensure profits, and since all 300 million Americans will be forced to sign on to one option or the other, these insurance companies will handle some of the large spillover. New customers.
In other words, the Obama Plan is a government-corporate partnership from top to bottom. It always was.
The insurance companies agreed to call in their markers on Congressional legislators and get the necessary votes to pass the Plan.
The die is not yet cast. But that’s the strategy.
Think of the amount of force present in this arrangement. Insurance giants, pharmaceutical corporations, the federal government—all working together to control medical treatment for Americans. And the hidden secret is: many of these treatments are fraught with danger. They injure people. They kill them. 225,000 of them a year.
All this power funnels down into the doctor’s office where the patient is handed his diagnosis and drug prescription.
As I presented in Part 1, here is the breakdown of medically-caused deaths in the US:
Each year in the US there are:
12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries;
7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals;
20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals;
80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals;
106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines.
The total of medically-caused deaths in the US every year is 225,000.
This makes the medical system the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer.
Source: July 26, 2000, Journal of the American Medical Association, Barbara Starfield (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health), “Is US health really the best in the world?”
If the Obama healthcare plan passes into law, there will be a gaggle of vultures descending on the decaying landscape.