13 Aug

If Right-Wingers Get Their Way

22,000 Americans Will Continue to Be Killed by Lack of Health Care Each Year

By Mark Ames, AlterNet, August 13, 2009

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The right-wing anti-Obama-care movement is OK with killing off tens of thousands of Americans each year.

That’s what this is all about: The right-wingers and their corporate sponsors are protecting a medieval and violent health care system that kills more Americans each year than all the Americans who have died in the war on terror since 2001, including the 3,000 victims of 9/11, and the 5,000-plus U.S. service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Every two months, the American health care industry is party to the slaughter of more Americans than al-Qaida managed to kill. Osama bin Laden must look at the Tea Baggers, FreedomWorks, health-industry billionaires like Rick Scott and the rest, and think, “If only I could kill as many Americans as they do! These guys are pros!”

They need to answer for this — they need to explain why they are trying to protect a system that kills 22,000 Americans per year — a figure based on a landmark report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

In fact, 22,000 is a conservative figure — one of the authors of that report thinks the real figure in 2006 alone was 27,000 Americans killed from our health care system, perhaps as high as 40,000. But I’ll stick to the conservative casualty number of 22,000, which is horrific enough.

If you believe in making health care available to every American, there’s no reason to be skittish about talking about it on these terms. The right wing sure as hell isn’t: in fact, its whole argument against health care reform is a hypothetical, future-tense dystopia of Americans murdered by their government, a fiction invented by hired marketing whizzes.

It’s winning the “debate” based on a lie that hasn’t even happened, whereas in this present-tense reality we all inhabit now, one American dies every 24 minutes because of this health care system.

It’s time we protect ourselves and those we love, and that means stopping this slaughterhouse and saving Americans………………………………………………….

The right-wing thugs crashing Obama-care town hall meetings don’t seem to mind being party to the mass murder of Americans, because they hate our freedoms.

For example, the freedom to elect a president whom they disagree with, or whose skin color they find repulsive. These goons hate Americans so much that they’re willing to get violent — actually, that’s almost redundant, because it’s like saying, “They’re willing to get violent in order to kill 22,000 of us.”…………………….

Kristol has more American blood on his hands than a thousand Benedict Arnolds — he was party to the slaughter of more than 4,000 Americans in Iraq and the death of America’s geopolitical power. And with health care, Kristol has been one of the health care junta’s prime ideologues, resulting in deaths of a few hundred thousand Americans here at home. Not that he’s hiding it. Kristol himself wrote recently, “This is no time to pull punches. Go for the kill.”

Let’s take Kristol at his word — he sees Americans trying get the sort of health care he has, and his response is to “Go for the kill.” And that’s exactly what they’re doing: killing us.

So let’s stop pretending that the health care battle is a “debate,” because it’s not.

It’s a fight, a struggle to the death, to avoid death and suffering. The right wing understood this long ago, and that’s why its winning — again. The right-wingers are fighting for a system that kills Americans for their personal profit. And like colonial overlords, they’re now unleashing hired thugs to attack anyone who threatens their riches…………………………..

The stats prove that we are ruled by cannibals: the gap between the lifespan of America’s wealthiest and its poorest has doubled since 1980. Overall the lifespan of the average American has plummeted from its  No. 13 world ranking in 1960 to No. 42 today, lower than Costa Rica’s.

Usually, you only find this sort of plummeting longevity ranking in countries occupied and exploited by brutal colonial powers that could give a damn how many natives die under their watch. The Congo under Belgium’s King Leopold saw lifespans plummet while a handful of royal outsiders looted the country as quickly as they could.

America is the new Congo: we’re subject to a handful of King Leopold billionaire colonialists, like the veiny-headed freak Rick Scott, looting the wealth and murdering tens of thousands, employing embittered natives as thug collaborators to keep the local population from demanding better conditions for ourselves.

Scott is literally a Texas Chainsaw Massacre character — the one-time business partner of former President George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers scam, Scott made millions for himself in the 1990s by creating a health care monster called Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., which defrauded American taxpayers out of billions through false Medicare bills.

It paid the largest corporate fraud fines in history — $1.7 billion — and squeezed even more money by downsizing staff to the point where “babies were attended as infrequently as every three hours. Once, the only nurse caring for seven ill infants was so busy she failed to hear an alarm when a baby stopped breathing. A parent dashed to the baby and stimulated breathing, the state report said.” [New York Times, 5/11/97]………………………….

Until we understand what’s at stake as much as they do, we’ll never have a chance in hell of saving ourselves.

Read more of Mark Ames at He is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond.

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