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Saturday, July 16, 2005

And so it begins....

A Georgia (U.S.) man shot his postman recently in an effort to get medical care and get out from under $90,000 in debts for medical care. He felt like he'd be better cared for in prison and wouldn't have to worry about paying back the bills.

I blame our government. For too long the greed of the insurance companies has gone on racheting up the costs of medical care, to where we now have significant portions of our populations uninsured. We're not sicker as a nation, we're healthier. Malpractice suit settlements have gone down slightly over the last 10 years, but the insurance has gone up 200% for your doctor. The FDA is a puppet of large pharmaceutical manufacturers, staffed mostly with people who came from the drug-makers companies, and who will go back as senior officers with fat bonus programs after they lock in their GS-14 penisons.

Meanwhile, our government does ZIP about it. But why should they care?. Most of those Capitol Hill millionaires are heavily invested in insurance and pharmaceutical stocks, and those investments are quite profitable.

So the entire healthcare industry business is huffing on our paychecks. But recently, the GOP forced changes in bankruptcy laws, so that if you accumulate monumental medical debts on top of your other debt load (car payments, mortgage, private health insurance because your boss can't afford it for you, etc.) and can't pay your bills, you just have to get another job, because it's lots harder this year than last to declare bankruptcy and get relief.

And now, we have decent people so harmed by this situation that they will consider shooting an innocent person just to get into prison and into medical care. I would only suggest to folks that if you're going to shoot somebody in order to get medical care, don't shoot the mailman or the gas station clerk but rather, shoot an insurance company exec, or a drug manufacturing exec. Maybe the greed will stop when they feel their lives in danger.

THANK YOU, George Bush, for ignoring this problem while you go about the 'important' business of killing people on the other side of the world. I just wonder how bad things will get here.

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