The Health Care Plan has become the main focus of mainstream media for quite some time now. It’s the biggest debate of all time. I honestly don’t get it. I guess a lot of misinformation has been released and at this point, there’s a big problem with figuring out who is telling the truth.
Big Insurance Companies say that the proposed plan will cause all kinds of raises in costs to the consumer. Die-hard Republicans everywhere, but one sole one, are claiming this to be another one of the Democrats ways of adding to the National Debt of the future-for lack of a better way to say it. On the other hand, President Obama says that this is a reform of the health care system and that it really needs to be reformed.
I’ve taken some time, not as much as I should have, and read as much as I can from both ends. However, even if I read until doomsday, there’s really only one way that I see to get to the end of this mess-and that’s by following the paper trail.
It’s about the money. It always is. If you stop and follow the trail of who is going to make the most money from this deal, then you can at least get faint glimpses of the truth. We all know that big insurance companies want to earn money. They own most of America, because as I read recently, they make more money than any other business ever has. A scary thought, considering I read last year that one of the gas companies had made $15 billion in one quarter.
The truth really leads us to the big insurance companies and the fact that if this reform passes they will make less money. According to The Rolling Stone (Yes, the magazine) the insurance companies have been exempt from one little law since the 1950’s. It has to do with the fact that they are the only type of company that isn’t regulated by the Government when it comes to their pricing. So they have been allowed to set their own pricing for quite some time now, without any regulation.
Let’s think this through for just a second. When President Bush was in office and the oil prices just so happened to go up and down with the wind, was Bush in any way related to oil? Oh, that’s right he was. He was an oil man. That was pretty much a family industry for him for years. That’s how he made his money and probably still does. He liked the laws and the technology to be favorable for him and his business partners. That’s just human nature in a way. Protecting your own, right? Even if it’s the wrong thing to do.
Okay then. Since President Bush was so closely tied to the oil industry, maybe we should see if President Obama has anything to gain besides reform for wanting to improve the health care system. I did a lot of research on the man when he was running for the Oval office and nothing popped up. It’s a pretty safe bet that he’s asking for all of this change for other reasons. A few come to mind: his mother died young and had some issues with the health care system. And then there’s that other important reason: it was one of his campaign promises. Wow. He’s prioritizing and for all the right reasons. It’s a pretty safe bet that President Obama isn’t padding his pocket with this Health Care Reform. I’m certain that someone in the media would have found it by now.
We poor little working man don’t even really understand the amount of lobbyists and money involved in the trillion dollar world that’s called the insurance industry-maybe it’s even bigger than that dollar figure wise. We only live our little lives thinking that we have something so important to contribute and that we can make an educated guess based on what we read or watch on television. I guess the biggest problem with that is that most of the news is owned by the same people with power that President Obama is fighting against. So they can make it look anyway they want to. And they do. And why wouldn’t they. They have lobbyists and people everywhere trying to fill your head with what they want you to think. Of course they are protecting their interests. Only a fool would think that they would want you to save money. They don’t want to have to go by the same rules as other companies. They don’t want to be regulated by the Government and they don’t want to have to conform to any pricing standards. They haven’t for over 50 years and they have the power and money to prove it. After that amount of time of doing it on your own, who would want to have to abide by the same rules that everyone else is except the insurance company.
Decide your own truth when it comes to this Health Care Reform Battle. Ask yourself this and please answer it honestly, how many people do you honestly know that would price an item fair if they knew that they could get more for it? If they had something to sell that would bring a really great amount of money, but it wasn’t really worth that, would they sell it for the lesser amount if noone told them to?
Remember the “Tickle Me Elmo” Christmas? About 20 years ago this toy was first released and the supply was gone. People were putting ads in the local newspaper to sell it for upwards to $20,000. This was a toy. Was it really worth that? No. But the person set their own price out of greed.
Big Insurance corporations are ran by people. These people want to keep making a profit to keep their stock holders happy. Right now, they aren’t regulated by the government, because of that one law that they are exempt from. Every other business has to abide by this law, but insurance companies don’t have to.
To understand the real truth behind this Health Care Reform Battle, you need to ask yourself this: if a company isn’t regulated in any way and has no competition would they honestly give you a fair price on the product that they offered?
I would love to own a company where I could set my prices as high as I wanted to and there wasn’t any competition. I’d be the only fool who would actually charge what it was worth. Honesty seldom gets you ahead of the game.