I have a wonderful, but alarmed friend. Not long ago she forwarded to me an email that showed very vividly how American society can only function on a daily basis because of socialistic principles. Very clever and intriguing. So I posted it here on the blog.
Well, since then, many other blogs have linked to that post.
But here’s the problem. Each time they do, they attribute the writing of it to me, which of course is not the case.
Worse, it’s now gone viral, which is another way of saying it’s out of control, turning up on social networking sites all over the place, always with a link at the end to TV Swami. With the result that, by now, everyone on the entire planet believes it originated here.
But it didn’t. That’s not my work. It was merely a cut and paste job – albeit one I did superbly well, I thought, and for which I should receive accolades galore.
Anyway, yesterday I received another great and wise piece from my alarmed friend, which once again I’m ready to have attributed to me. It’s about all the misinformation and made-up irrational fears surrounding healthcare reform being circulated by Republican hard-liners (all of whom are in some way funded by the healthcare industry, of course; it’s totally corrupt).
A writer called “Hunter” on the Daily Kos website wrote a magnificent piece outlining what might happen if the US Postal Service were run by a big, greedy health insurance company.
He says, for instance:
“First off, if health insurance companies ran the mail service you couldn’t actually expect to send mail anywhere. You would have a list of addresses it was OK to send mail to, and if you wanted to send your packages anywhere else you’d have to deliver it your own damn self.
If health insurance companies ran the mail service, you wouldn’t know what it would cost to mail a package, because nobody involved would be able to tell you, even if you spent the better part of a week on the phone with them. You would know what it cost you one only after you received the bill for mailing it. This bill would come one month later, but additional charges would be added a month after that, more additions would come two months later, the total would be revised again in four months, and would be adjusted again after six months. If you want to complain, knock yourself out, but chances are you won’t even remember what it was you mailed back in the summer of 2008 or whenever-that-was.
If health insurance companies ran the mail service, it would cost you money to mail a package, but it would also cost you money to not mail a package. That’d be the fee for possibly mailing a package, in the future, and it would go up by twenty percent every year under the “just because” clause of your contract.
If health insurance companies ran the mail service, your contract to have packages delivered would stand a chance of being revoked if you actually mailed one.
If health insurance companies ran the mail service, between twenty and forty percent of packages simply wouldn’t arrive at their destination because delivering them wouldn’t be cost effective, so bite us.
And your package delivery service wouldn’t just idly sit by and send what you wanted them to send. They’d tell you want you wanted to send. Flowers are nice, but couldn’t you just send a card? Cookies are a bit much, don’t you think?”
This healthcare debate has served two purposes: it’s brought us closer than ever before to making sure everyone in America has access to a civilized, reasonably priced system of treatment should they fall ill; but more than that it has written across the sky in huge bright lights the extent of the greed, manipulation, and corruption rife among big businesses right now. Capitalism has been hi-jacked and turned into a heartless monster, working to line the pockets of the top 1% at the expense of the rest of us. It’s a shocking state of affairs. No wonder Republicans are running scared of the right information getting out.
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