Thursday, May 21, 2009

Employees to Shoulder Burden of Health Care Reform

Senator Max Baucus leads Americans in shoulder strengthening exercises. "There will be more burdens for employees to bear. Buck up, people! "

Employers plan to share more health insurance costs with employees or eliminate the benefit altogether. Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee seriously considers taxing employer provided health insurance as income. That a double shot in the wallet for individuals. Cracking down on tax havens to fund health insurance is but a bargaining chip. Congress wouldn't have the wealthy pay more.

Corporations clearly want to dump the health insurance benefit. The government won't step up in a major way. It's sharpening the knife on entitlements.

Workers, lucky enough to have a job, will shoulder a greater burden for health insurance and retirement. The race to the lowest global common denominator on worker pay/benefits is on. Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans will deliver health care deform for their corporate sponsors. WaPo reported:

Speaking at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, Senator Max Baucus said he expects his committee to draft a comprehensive plan to overhaul the health care system by mid-June and that chances for a bipartisan compromise are "very, very high."

It will soon be time to vote out incumbents, regardless of party. Hopefully, third party alternatives will be available. The red and blue teams offer horrific leadership.

Senator Baucus received $183,750 from health insurance companies and $229,020 from drug companies in the last two election cycles.

Guess who remains left out of health care coverage?

"It's too politically explosive," Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said of covering immigrants who are in the country illegally. He declined to say how that edict would be implemented, saying: "I'm just saying they're not covered."

Wait until 9 to 12 million undocumented uninsureds get swine flu. Your safety will depend on a public health care safety net with huge holes.

Dirty Max Baucus won't pay the political cost of covering all American, exposing citizens to greater public health crises. Make sure members of Congress doesn't get their flu shot until all residents are innoculated. It's called leadership by example. Learn about it, Max.

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