“There’s a reason why it hasn’t happened for 50 years,” said Sir Change-a-Lot as he was trying to explain why he and his pathetic buddies in Congress are preparing for epic fail on health care reform. Yeah, duh, because instead of properly addressing the fundamental flaw in the system — the little detail of for-profit insurance companies raking it in at the expense of, well, all of us — they’re all pussyfooting around with variations on pseudo-reform.
Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
This whole approach is a little like an abused child finally going to the authorities to report her stepfather and ask for help. “Well,” says the judge, “that does sound very bad. We’ll certainly have to do something about it.” But then he continues, “Let’s see what your stepfather thinks would be the right thing to do here.” And, sorry, but when the stepfather then says with a smirk, “well, your honor, what if I only rape her on the weekends from now on?” the judge really shouldn’t just say, “but gently, okay?”
And so it is: as long as the insurance companies are allowed to take part in the process of “fixing” the system that they’ve owned and abused for decades, they’re going to fix it to their advantage — it’d be silly to assume they’d say, “you know, we’ve been sucking this teat for so long, maybe we should just quit while we’re ahead — waay ahead — and call it a day.” Notgonnahappen.
But, clearly, Sir Change-a-Lot is so fixated on his consensus and bipartisan kumbaya, and he’s blessed with fellow “democrats” who are so far in bed with lobbyists, donors and their own warped egos that they couldn’t reform health care if their life depended on it. And theirs doesn’t. Ours does. And we’re so fucked.
(Amazing graphic from here)