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12 August 2009 @ 11:35 am
CEO Fail (or, John Mackey is a total asshole)  
Well, I guess I won't be shopping at Whole Foods anymore.

It's such a farrago of right wing talking points that it's hard to pick out what is the most loathsome bit -- "oh hai, let's make sure that insurance companies can *even more* randomly announce they aren't covering whatever you are sick with"? "let's make sure that insurance companies can pick the most hideously backwards state and strip the citizens of other states of the most basic protections of law"?
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Never mess with the sacred chickens: Affronted by meganbmoorelesbiassparrow on August 12th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
I think my personal favourite is the bit where he suggests that if only we made it all easier to donate on tax forms that would totally cover all the people who can't afford to pay for health-care. Or get it.

What a loathsome git.
Evil Magnusevilmagnus on August 12th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
OK, I think a lot of this is him just not engaging his brain. But yes, fuckery. Let's look at it!

Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs).

Translation: If people had to spend more money up front, they're be more careful about seeking medical intervention.

Reality: We're talking about the tens of millions of Americans with no insurance, John. They have 0% co-pay. Pay attention.

Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits

Agree, kinda. The current treatment of health care expenses in the individual tax code is whack, but equalization won't fix it - corporations are fundamentally different from individuals. This is also a pretty minor problem - if your health expenses exceed a certain percent of your AGI or your standard deduction, you can deduct them. So if you have massive health care costs you get a break anyway. If you only spend on contacts and the occasional wellness visit, you don't get a break. This is not great, but not terrible.

Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines.

Insurance is a regulated industry, and this power is devolved to the States. More inter-state competition would be *excellent* for many smaller states, but this would be very very hard to push through. He overly-simplifies a complex problem.

Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover.

Uh, no. Consumer protection laws are a good thing, John. You like your BMW to be crash-tested and road safe and not explode when you turn left? Yes? Same thing.

Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

Right track, wrong solution. It's not tort reform we need, it's ways to discourage defensive medicine. Which means more widely-practiced standards of care, which means, uh, guess what? More government regulation (sorry, "Death Panels").

Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost.

Good idea, doesn't do a damn thing for no-insurance, under-insured or recissioned patients. Pay attention.

Enact Medicare reform.

Talking point. Medicare doesn't need reform (it's the most efficient, lowest cost medical provider in the US); it needs sane funding and wider application. I don't think that's what you meant, John.

Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Charity? That's your answer to the lack of coverage for tens of millions of Americans? I got a better idea: TAXES. Because there's nothing stopping you from writing a check, right now, to your nearest non-profit Hospital trust. It's tax deductible and will directly help the uninsured. So why aren't you doing that, John?

si_anenomesi_anenome on August 12th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Did we read the same article?
mikkeneko on August 13th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's so nice to know that I don't need health insurance because I can just take personal responsibility for my medical conditions. Who needs surgery or medications? I have agency!