Health Care Finally Passes; Teabaggers Speak Out …

by on March 23, 2010

To the Editor:

I’m not sure who thinks they are coming out victorious in the passage of this partisan‑driven health care reform bill, but it’s certainly not the majority of working people in our country. If you work, you’re still part of an indentured Labor force, working to have health care and subsidizing the medical‑industrial cartel with your premiums and out‑of‑pocket expenses, instead of seeing an increase in your REAL wages. If you’re not working, you’ll have to play ‘wait and see’ for FOUR years, to find out what there is in the way of affordable health care for you. Sorry, but market PROFITeering gets priority in health care delivery! We could have done so much better morally and fiscally with a single‑payer, everybody‑in, nobody‑out Medicare for All solution.

Barbara Commins, RN
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Now the U.S Senate needs to pass the “Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009” (S.1681), which would repeal the McCarran‑Ferguson Act exemption from the federal antitrust laws for health insurance companies. It passed the House last month with a bipartisan vote of 406 to 19. When referring to health insurance companies, politicians and commentators have used terms such as “cartel,” “secret pricing and consolidation,” “exorbitant price increases” and “confidential agreements among hospitals, physician groups, insurers and device makers” when referring to the health care industry. All these allegations raise antitrust concerns. Yet, antitrust violations are now beyond the reach of the federal antitrust laws because of the McCarran‑Ferguson Act exemption.

While the lack of competition in the health insurance industry may well have other causes, which may or may not be cured through a repeal of the McCarran‑Ferguson Act, the insurance exemption from the federal antitrust laws has not helped. Repealing the Act coupled with increased antitrust enforcement is a relatively simple first step if the ultimate goals are to rein in health care costs and provide health care to the largest number of consumers. I have written to Senators Boxer and Feinstein urging Senate passage of S.1681

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Is your organization so ignorant, that they honestly think that is what they are called “tea baggers”? You’re no better than the ignorant folks out there hollering racial slurs, how can you condemn what they did and in the same article do the same thing to a group of people? The “Tea Party” is a group of Americans standing up for what they believe and unfortunately in this party, as is true in all parties, there are those that are just plain ignorant, as you have proven by this article!

Karen Watts
Union, SC

To the Editor:

No surprise at all that you guys are lying through your teeth. How come nobody but John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver, and Barney Frank heard the alleged slurs? You won this battle, our sheer numbers alone will win the war.

Fred Massaro
Boston, MA

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