Want to know why the underserved or those without a voice or coherent, unified voting block get screwed?
Want to see what happens when powerful interest groups are threatened?
Want to know why our political system will not respond to need, but to muscle?
Imagine sitting in a room, appointment after appointment, conversation after conversation–and all you hear is, “if you touch us, it’s the patients that will suffer.”
Also, there is no such thing as a quid pro quo (that is against the law)…”but we hear it is going to cost a billion dollars to run a presidential campaign in 2012. That sure is a lot of dough. How the heck do you fill a honey pot like that?”
Yup, the answer is do not touch health care, sacred cows that we are. Nobody gives an inch, and we will all be just fine.
Peter Fisher, undersecretary of the Treasury in 2002: “Think of the federal government as a gigantic insurance company (with a side line business in national defense and homeland security) which only does its accounting on a cash basis—only counting premiums and payouts as they go in and out the door. An insurance company with cash accounting is not really an insurance company at all. It is an accident waiting to happen.”