I watched when Senator Reid first made his comments on how health care opponents, in particular the GOP, had offered only ways to derail health care reform. In addition, their goal, which they have repeated throughout this debate, is to ensure President Obama fails. When I heard his remarks, I thought to myself, “he’s right.” When I heard all of the “outrage,” especially from Michael Steele, I was appalled. But then I considered the source, Michael Steele. So let’s listen to Senator Reid once again.
Senator Reid’s remarks are being labeled by some as being inflammatory, saying further that slavery, suffrage and politics do not mix. Since when? The only thing missing is this misguided statement is greed/money/ control.
What I find abhorrent is the fact that we will go on and on, with relish, about the misguided actions of a sports star, but will “hush up” anyone who speaks truthfully about stains in our history that, like most history, keeps repeating itself.
We have an industry that is a monopoly, that puts its profit margin above all else and will stop at nothing to ensure the margins continue to rise. Look at Aetna who recently filed a $4.9 billion dollar correction for FY2008 to its report on how much of they actually spent on patient care. How do you make an $4.9 billion dollar error? And let us not forget that Aetna has announced it’s “seven year itch plan“ wherein the company will raise premiums out of reach of its highest risk customers (customers who need coverage the most), enabling the company to dump 650,000 customers and lay off 650 employees in order to increase its profit margins. Immediately following their announcement, UnitedHealthcare and Wellpoint announced similar plans.
Now, delve into the history of some of the oldest insurance companies, and guess who they insured on those long journeys from various coastal points in Africa? I can easily draw the same analogies with the women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement.
Anyone who seriously thinks that slavery, women’s suffrage and the civil rights movements do not mix with politics needs to take a fast course in history. RNC Chair Michael Steele needs to take a breath. His comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning were completely off the mark and have no place in any arena, news show, political or otherwise. Senator Reid need not and should not apologize for his comments; they were right on the money.