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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Keep your eye on the pea...

The State of the Union address this year will attempt to shift the nation's attention from the Iraq failures to changes in health care. Just what we've come to expect from the Bush administration - ignore the real problem and shout "Hey, look over there!".

I don't mean to say that the health insurance business isn't important to us. Health costs are skyrocketing every year. More and more Americans go without insurance every year because their employer drops the coverage due to costs, or they already don't have employer provided coverage and can't afford their own. And the fact that the health insurance companies are pricing themselves out of a market goes unnoticed by anyone who still has insurance, like our Congress. Yet the costs go up annually, and the companies are constantly introducing new ways to weasel out of paying any benefits - out of network, not reasonable and customary charges, you don't really need that, you have a prior injury to your body, etc.

But, having had 5 years of the Bush-shit coming out of Washington, is there ANYONE who really believes Bush will or can do anything that will help working Americans? Nostradamnthem does NOT believe that will happen. To really make a difference he'd have to propose either federally provided national insurance for everyone, nationalize the entire health care industry, or put federal regulation in place to manage the industry where at least in the case of insurance companies, there is none now. Anything short of one of those solutions is nothing but a sop to the peasants. Anything short of those will result in nothing.

Now, the chances of any of that happening are 50/50, between Slim, and None. It just will not even be suggested, let alone happen. No. Look for a proposal that will be controversial, but almost plausible. Why? To distract the attention of the people and the Congress from Iraq, from corruption, from impeachment, that's why. This is what it's all about - a shell game. Just try to keep your eye on the pea while Shrubby shuffles the issues.

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