ONLY YOU, WITH YOUR CHECKBOOK$, CAN BRING ABOUT “TRUE” HEALTHCARE REFORM!
A Proposal for a Consumer Union-like Approach to "Nonprofit Community Health Plans & Insurance"
An Independent “Nonprofit Health Insurance Exchange” to Operate Autonomously of the U.S. Government and Antitrust-Exempt “For-Profit/Big Health Insurance” Monopolies
Dear Fellow Americans & Concerned Healthcare Reform Advocates:
After following this year-long, on-again/off-again Congressional legislative process for Healthcare Reform, I’m guessing like many of you — fellow Americans — the level of frustration, anxiety and lack of utter empowerment leaves us wondering what was the entire point of this CLOSED-DOOR/CLOSED-FORUM Congressional “exercise in futility” all about from the beginning?
Is this 1994 all over again, with the collapse of the Clinton Administration’s own, largely internalized Healthcare Reform initiatives?
Actually, this deliberate Rat Hole-like maze stonewalling of Healthcare Reform goes back over 100 years and has emboldened For-Profit/Big Health Insurance for nearly the last 65 years of the antitrust-exempt status that the federal government bestowed upon them to “institutionalize” the criminality of our “Have or Have-Not Healthcare” patchwork quilt.
And now, Republicans and some “Blue Dog” Democrats want to scrap the eight or so Byzantine draft healthcare reform bills and head “back to the table” with a new “Healthcare Summit” later this month — with all of the ground rules and major negotiating points “entirely” framed by our elected representatives, all of whom have been long-time beneficiaries in millions of dollars of Big Healthcare contributions. Something seems rigged here, again, unfortunately. Haven’t we been down this road far too many times and for long enough?
Today, our small grassroots Citizens Advocacy and Direct Democracy organization would like to present to you, all Americans, a proposal to take back the Healthcare Reform process “externally” with a “Consumer Union”-like movement towards shifting consumer and group employee-business dollars to “ethics-based” Community NONPROFIT Health Plan/Insurance Organizations.
There are currently over 150 community-based NONPROFIT Health Plans/Insurance Organizations (and affiliates) operating in about 45 states of the Union and the District of Columbia offering LOWER-COST premiums, along with BROADER COVERAGE MENUS and CARE SERVICES — than what the antitrust-exempt For-Profit/Big Health Insurance carriers have been whittling away in their “punitive, profit-obsessive” business practices. The only way to break this century-old pattern of this “Live-or-Let-Die,” systemically institutionalized DENIALS- and RESCISSIONS-based For-Profit/Big Health Insurance (claiming an estimated 44,800 needless American deaths annually, according to a recent Harvard Medical study) is for consumers to take action with their checkbooks, working outside of Big Healthcare’s criminally complicit federal government by shifting your much-deserved business and health insurance coverage to “ethics-based” NONPROFIT Health Plans.
For those reasons, I would like to invite you to check out a video presentation and/or position paper, "Rx for U.S. Healthcare Reform," authored by our Citizens’ Advocacy organization, Trans-American Alliance for a National Consensus (TANC), for your consideration.
The “standard” abridged version of the presentation advocates a dual "Consumer/Business-driven Movement for Nonprofit Healthcare,” which is available for streaming video viewing on your computers at the hyperlink below. It expresses in some detail the massive differences between "ethics-based" Nonprofit Health Plan/Insurance Organizations versus the government-sanctioned, antitrust-exempt For-Profit/Big Health Insurance carriers monopolizing and artificially-inflating pricing on premiums in ma