Mar 7, 2014
Michael Moore: Obamacare ‘Awful’ and a ‘Godsend’
Posted on Jan 2, 2014
“That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies, at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get,” filmmaker and activist Michael Moore writes in The New York Times on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately,” Moore continues, “this meant that instead of blaming companies like Novartis, which charges leukemia patients $90,000 annually for the drug Gleevec, or health insurance chief executives like Stephen Hemsley of UnitedHealth Group, who made nearly $102 million in 2009, for the sky-high price of American health care, the president’s Democratic supporters bought into the myth that it was all those people going to get free colonoscopies and chemotherapy for the fun of it.”
Moore identifies the pro insurance industry agenda of the plan as the Affordable Care Act’s “fatal flaw.” Obamacare was originally “Romneycare,” conceived by the right-wing Heritage Foundation in order to keep the private insurance industry whole. By 2017, Moore tells us, the president’s customers will be funneling more than $100 billion annually to insurance companies. And we can be sure they’ll use some of the haul to try to privatize Medicare.
The president’s plan works in scattershot, Moore notes. While some will receive lower-cost treatment, others will continue to pay sky-high premiums. To cover the gaping holes in the program, Moore says everyone needs to pitch in for the effort to gain universal quality health care. He writes in the Times:
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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