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‘Sick for Profit’

Posted on Aug 12, 2009

Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films have a simple but compelling health care argument: Compare the obscene earnings of one insurance CEO to the comparatively bargain claims his company has refused to honor. UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen Hemsley, this clip argues, is personally profiting from the misery of children.

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By Searing Yelper, August 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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Corporations routinely profit from the misery of others. Profit is rarely ever benign. Attempts should be made to harness, and restrain the most insidious qualities of profit, and in the case of our health, a line needs to be drawn.

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By jonr, August 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Once again…  America!  Where we socialize only risk.  Profit remains private and, in the case of health insurance, guaranteed.

What would be amusing, if it weren’t so sad, is the ironic claim that enormous profits are ‘justified’ by the enormous risks taken.  With us citizens paying for every loss either in the form of increased premiums, reduced payroll expenses (i.e. our own salaries), or simply naked taxpayer-funded bailouts… where, exactly are the risks?!?

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By logician, August 13, 2009 at 11:10 am Link to this comment
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Oh, gosh, this is news?!
Welcome to the 20th century, everybody! (Maybe you’ll catch up with *this* century sometime before the next, eh?)
When these bills were being passed in the last century, where the hell were you all?
You know, all you that know all the answers?
Our government was bought and paid for last century by the insurance companies.  We all sat on our asses as this went on and watched TV.  Now we have no public government and we have no choice.
You are not citizens, fools, you are commodities to be used for profit as long as possible and then cast aside. 
You are of no other value to the corporate owned U.S. government.
Where will it end?  When you are Soylent Green, then the corporate owned U.S. government will get even more use out of you.  And not before.

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By MeHere, August 13, 2009 at 9:50 am Link to this comment


You’re so right in pointing that out.  The young and old in this country have descended into a pit of ignorance and lack of compassion -just the right formula for a sane society.

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By Rodger Lemonde, August 13, 2009 at 8:08 am Link to this comment

Action potential indicated, start a movement in your state to ban any insurance company that pays more than a certain percentage for executive compensation. For companies that are involved in underwriting other than health care the ban would be on ALL their products in your state.

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By Hulk2008, August 13, 2009 at 7:40 am Link to this comment

If you listen to callers on C-SPAN you will be amazed at their pervasive ignorance - particularly the elderly who lack even the foggiest idea about where Social Security and Medicare came from, who really pays for them, and how well they are benefitting from them.  The current effort to rescue health care meets incredible resistance from the very people who benefit most - the old-timers.  They ignore stats showing that retirees use up everything they personally ever put into FICA and Medicare in the first few short years.  And they forget how many families in the past had only a single wage-earner kicking into the kitty.  The “formula” never was pay-as-you-go set-up. 
  Reality should teach citizens young and old a bit of humility - there’s a generational two-edged debt of honor in force: 
Current workers thank and support the elderly for having built and maintained our excellent country; conversely, the elderly must thank and cooperate with the current work force for their ongoing payments.

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By WorkingClassDemocrat, August 13, 2009 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

The private health insurance companies are nothing more than organized gangsters.  They not only savage the subscribers but they have bastardized the health care providers as well.  They have created a system that is all about profit and to hell with quality care.  Then they gin up toothless illiterates to go out and protect their “American System.”

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By Purple Girl, August 13, 2009 at 2:19 am Link to this comment

Which Political party created Medicare and Social Security?
Which party has fought tooth & nail to maintain these Entitlement programs?
What we are seeing at these townhall meetings are the same crew who tried to kill these programs throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Showed no conern over poor seniors eating dog food so they could afford heat. Gave no mind to the conditions in senior care and long term care. Tried to even kill the seniors last ray of hope for help in their later years, Medicaid. What generation had the largest decline in primary care physicians, thus geriatrics?
Why the Change you ask- They got their medicare cards,and their cashing their SS checks to supplement their ‘golden eggs’.Which generation has earned record breaking retirment funds? The Greatest Generation, or the Boomers.It certainly won’t be the ‘Late Bloomers’ (‘burbers of the 50s and JFK kids of the ‘60s- retirement party & Funeral will become a standard 2 for 1 deal).
‘Generational theft’ has already happened. and the same demographics is at it again. Seniors are more concerned about their Viagra being covered under medicare than our nations disgraceful Infant mortality rate- 7% of births end in death. Where this ‘Pro Life’ Movement on this outrage?
Republican Seniors should be Thanking the Democratic party for the entitlements they now enjoy; If they had had their way over the last few decades, these programs would have ceased to exist years ago.

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By davide, August 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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Death to the parasites!

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