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'Abolish For-Profit Health Insurance,' Say Progressives as Analysis Warns Companies Could Hike Premiums by 40% Amid Pandemic

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/30/abolish-profit-health-insurance-say-progressives-analysis-warns-companies-could-hike


When a corporation or so-called “industry” gives campaign contributions to politicians or congress or president, hires influential lobbyists to pressure for that sector and their interests, they expect a quid pro quo,and the politicians, congress members, president predictably pass legislation, approve policy and thus serve the bribing interest to benefit their business and their profits above the needs and health - both physical and financial - of the nation and people, that is a crime - a pattern of crimes. Bribery, conspiracy, usury, and none more obvious than health care insurance and the actual care for-profit hospitals provide - (except the for-profit war-machine). Corporate greed and those making profits on the backs of all others mandated and supported by government is the crime…
Evidence for the pattern of crimes is government “bailing-out” and saving old-money corporate interests at the great expense of the 99% - the vast majority of people - to serve the 1% and parasite wall street - banker manipulators and so-called investors. .A system of greed and usury supported/empowered by corrupted government making serfs of millions.

President Bernie Sanders is the one needed to change the dynamic and crimes.


It’s not just for-Profit… those claiming non-profit status pay their CEOs just as much.

Maybe we would be better off eliminating the top 2 layers of management in the Insurance industry, it won’t solve the problem, but it will certainly help


Hold my beer. Now where’d I put my guillotine.


From the LA Times:

Choir practice turns fatal. Airborne coronavirus strongly suspected

The deadly outbreak among members of a choir has stunned health officials, who have concluded that the virus was almost certainly transmitted through the air from one or more people without symptoms.

Sixty singers showed up. A greeter offered hand sanitizer at the door, and members refrained from the usual hugs and handshakes.

“It seemed like a normal rehearsal, except that choirs are huggy places,” Burdick recalled. “We were making music and trying to keep a certain distance between each other.”

After 2½ hours, the singers parted ways at 9 p.m.

Nearly three weeks later, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.

The outbreak has stunned county health officials, who have concluded that the virus was almost certainly transmitted through the air from one or more people without symptoms.

“That’s all we can think of right now,” said Polly Dubbel, a county communicable disease and environmental health manager.

A foreboding of those packed churches Trump is promoting for April 12.


Insurance is a scam that does nothing good for medicine. Even if we have it, deductables and copays aside, our corporatized medical approach treats symptoms rather than causes and relies on over-priced, often toxic medicines and expensive procedures. It is a commodified disease maintenance model designed to rake in profits.

I hope they do raise premiums 40%. It would amplify the public demand for their abolition and for Medicare for All. Then we can begin for focus on the practice of medicine in our country.


We have a shortage of those as well. As I’m writing in the editorial of the Blue Collar Review; The time for the Jonestown rule of corporations and billionaires is being exposed and must be swept way by this pandemic.


That is probably what is going to happen.

Here is another warning that staying at home quarantine may not be the best option:

From Bloomberg News:

Italy needs to shift to mass quarantining of coronavirus patients with mild symptoms instead of letting them isolate at home, according to a group of Chinese experts who traveled to the European nation to advise officials there.

Doctors in Wuhan made the same error early on in the outbreak, said Liang Zong’An, head of the respiratory department at the West China Hospital at Sichuan University. While seriously ill patients were admitted to hospitals, doctors at the time recommended~https://apple.news/AtAddSflPRZOjRTvVvecDgg that those with mild symptoms isolate themselves at home, in part to reduce the strain on Wuhan’s overburdened health care system.

Back then, it was not well understood how infectious the virus can be even in those who don’t seem very sick. But researchers now know that those with mild symptoms who are told to stay at home usually risked passing the virus to family members, as well as to others outside their homes as some still moved around freely.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Monday that a Saturday crackdown on people violating lockdown rules included some 50 confirmed cases who were circulating on the streets rather than staying home.

Wuhan began quarantining all mild cases in makeshift hospitals converted from offices, stadiums and gymnasiums in early February, a move that helped dramatically slow the spread of the virus. The city where the virus first emerged last December has successfully contained the outbreak, according to official figures that show few new infections even as the pandemic accelerates in other countries.

Liang said his team advised Italy to follow China’s lead to forcibly isolate patients with mild symptoms from their families. In China, a study of one province showed that 80% of cluster infections originated from people told to rest at home, according to Xiao Ning, a researcher from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention who was part of the team.

Italian families generally live in more spacious apartments than people in Wuhan, Liang said. Still, there’s growing anecdotal evidencethat whole families are getting infected from one sick person in their midst, despite attempts to isolate the infected in separate rooms.

“We can’t say if Italy’s home quarantine is right or wrong because each country has its own mechanism, but we found some problems,” said Xiao. The Italian experts they met with could not say how many clusters of infections arose from home isolation, according to Liang.

Milan has started to seize hotels for patients with mild symptoms. The first one with 306 rooms will be ready this week and will be designated to isolate patients from their families during the quarantine.


Question for me is how did America get to the belief that making profit off the backs of the sick and dying was even ethical in the first place.


This crowd will squeeze your money out of you one way or the other before you kick off.

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Why Capitalism, of course!
It’s our way of life. The market place decides everything, from labor rates, to supply chains, and yes, to who lives and who dies.
Capitalism! Is there anything it can’t do?


Not to worry. The ‘Health Profit’ Insurance Companies will be subsidized within the $6,000,000,000,000 pie until Nov.4 … Vote Red or Blue No Matter Who, when they pass go they will collect.

The 99% will share 1% of the pie… !% will share 99% of the pie. I just do not see where the money can be found for MC4ALL … sez Pelosi, Biden, Trump, Schumer, McConnell etc, etc, etc, … no matter who Red or Blue.


Go to You tube and type in this phrase:

How is Kerala tackling the Coronavirus pandemic?

Would that the richest country in the world could do what a state in India felt compelled to do to protect its citizens.


Uh, they’ll take us with them without testing, testing and testing. Americans are 2-3 weeks behind " the curve " and without universal testing, we’ll stay in that position, unfortunately.


Corporate-run health insurance isn’t about saving lives. It’s about making as much money as possible. With Medicare for All we can finally put an end to this international disgrace,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This is correct, for-profit insurance first fiduciary duty is to their shareholders, not the insured.

Yes, I know in some European countries with universal/socialized health care insurance companies are involved but remember too, those governments (picking up the tab) strongly regulate health care costs. That.Would.Never.Happen.Here.


Abolish anything for profit will never happen as long as the moron majority in this nation keep voting neoliberal. They may as well just shut up now, acknowledge that they are now and have always been supporters of neoliberalism, acknowledge that neoliberalism is and has always been the problem, break those long held emotional ties, and start planning for a progressive victory in the next election in 2022. Any prayer of Single payer was shredded on the altar of the right wing democrats’ election fixing, and Joe Biden’s sweeping victory against sustainability and progressive politics. No mainstream democrat will ever, ever, consider the needs of the public over the whims of the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the oil industry, the prison industry, the weapons industry, the nuclear industry, the banking industry, …or any other industry big enough to afford lobbyists.


Whatever small businesses survive the COVID-19 shutdowns will be bankrupted by the 40% insurance premium increases.

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We had a tornado go through about ten years ago. The real destruction path was two blocks west. But our neighbor lost the plastic house siding and roof shingles. Insurance paid to replace. Next insurance premium was for $5,000.00.

When laid off, Cobra never goes through. They whack you from the group plan that was $200.00 per week to a private plan at over $1,500 per month.

The hospital should not have refused to treat the boy who was so sick. They murdered him. Plain and simple. Chicago private hospitals have reduced their charity write offs and send patients to the county hospital.


Not entirely correct. Actually, the insurers refuse to cover the expensive, effective treatment and make you go for the the ineffective but cheaper treatment. So, you end up still being sick and they maintain their profit margin.


Spot on. My choke-reflex instantly triggers whenever I imagine anyone getting the severe form of COVID-19. For those of us with actual experience in medical care (and I don’t mean office work!) there’s a visceral engraving of how terrible suffering can get. I truly cannot even wish it on Orangeman. It’s too horrible for Satan incarnate.

My reference-site the-scientist shared an article about the neurological dimension of COVID-19. After about five days of building up in the lungs, the virus apparently invades the medulla oblongata – the “ancient brain” responsible for the sense of smell, involuntary actions like heartbeats, and a host of mysterious connectivity for everything else in the brain. The sudden turn-for-the-worst we’re seeing in so many severe cases aligns well with the theory of brain damage. Your heart forgets how to beat.