Healthcare Madness and Private Taxation

Healthcare Madness: Stem Cell Furor

You must remember the simple American health care formula: if insurance covers it, it gets done. Insurance only covers it if the overall revenue and profit picture for big Pharma and insurance is maintained or enhanced.

The big LIE in the United States that we have all subscribed to until recently is that single payer systems would vastly increase our costs and decrease the quality and availability of health care producing long waits for appointments and treatments. 

The TRUTH is that of all the countries in the world, the United States pays more per citizen for health care and many, if not most, of its population is ineligible to receive it. Long waits for appointments and treatments under most HMOs exceed any waiting period in England, France and Canada. Check it out. 

In short, we are already paying for socialized medicine but we are not getting it — just like the education we pay for that is not delivered to our children and requires us to seek private school alternatives. 

And under Medicare Part D, the public has been frightened into taking a plan that drains more money from them than before — AND they can’t shop around for better prices. Worse yet, most people after going to the doctor under Medicare get billed for the part that Medicare didn’t pay. One can only wonder why AARP endorsed Part D. 

AND that secondary insurance they pay for every month somehow never seems to cover the shortfall, which is MORE expense (private tax) to the citizen providing a benefit that is 90% oriented to the sellers of insurance, the providers of drugs, and medical service providers. There again we are paying for socialized medicine, and not getting it. It is capitalist medicine disguised as socialized medicine. How about the real thing, since we are already paying for it?

The problem with ANY proposal that keeps the insurance companies in the mix is that while it makes it look like we are not going to a political extreme” (socialized medicine), we are going to pay for it anyway, and guarantee that prices will remain high, costs of providing healthy care will remain out of reach and will burden taxpayers with far more than they are paying right now. 

We are already paying double what we should be paying. All of the difference is going into the pockets of large corporations controlling our government policies. It is not politically feasible for any candidate to come right out and say we should convert to a National Healthcare System because too many people have blindly accepted the disinformation disseminated by drug companies, insurance companies and medical associations. So until we educate ourselves we are stuck with this ridiculous system.

EDITOR’S COMMENT: STEM CELL IS A HOT TOPIC. I knew that when I wrote the piece.

The comment from “watchdogonscience” contains inaccurate facts resulting from disinformation from the pharmaceutical companies and from lobbyists working for medical service providers. Cell treatment isn’t the end of disease or dying, but it is the largest advance in medical care we have achieved in human history

Only some of the bone marrow transplant has worked and none of it has worked for lung disorders. It also is quite troublesome on the issue of rejection when the marrow comes from another human being. It is not yet “quite successful” because of a variety of absurd and sometimes dangerous side effects (cancer etc). 

Embryonic stem cell research, still in its infancy is far more promising under the latest advances. It avoids the pitfalls and pain and risks of bone marrow extraction, and allows true differentiation into specific organs which in many countries has resulted in the regeneration of organ function and sometimes the organ itself. 

The comment about the drug companies wanting stem cell therapy is wrong. Drug companies want any therapy that requires purchases from them on a regular basis at prices controlled by the seller in protocols that are written by the sellers themselves and which medical providers blindly follow. 

This is why almost every recent medication requires a constant regimen for life rather than a defined course of treatment over a specified period of time. The oath to “first do no harm” is completely ignored by the drug companies because it doesn’t apply to them. And doctors, afraid of liability, must stay with “conventional protocols, which as it turns out were written by the drug companies. It is a perverse cycle. Thus they want gene therapy but not stem cells. 

Stem cell therapy and other forms of cell therapy from animals threatens drug revenue far more than any regulation or other external event. By getting Bush to veto stem cells in this country the drug companies shot themselves in the foot. The protocol is now developed in the UK, China, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico and several other countries. 

The price structure has been developed without any input from the major drug companies. Hence a person receiving a successful stem cell treatment and eliminating, for example, diabetes from their current health condition is likely to avoid more than $200,000 in health care costs mostly including medications from pharmaceutical companies. The cost of stem cell therapy varies from $15,000 to about $45,000 and the cells themselves cost only around $7,000. 

It is not hard to see why the pharmaceutical companies are putting out disinformation about stem cells and stoking the religious fires to maintain opposition. 

Stem cell therapy, far from “making the pharmaceutical companies richer” threatens their legislative and market dominance. And insurance companies and government health care programs, faced with decreasing health care costs, will be under pressure to reduce premiums. Thus revenues of insurance companies are threatened as well. And fewer visits to doctors’ offices, urgent care and hospitals does the same.  

You must remember the simple American health care formula: if insurance covers it, it gets done. Insurance only covers it if the overall revenue and profit picture for big Pharma and insurance is maintained or enhanced. 

The TRUTH is that the United States pays more per citizen for health care and many, if not most, of the population is ineligible to receive it. Long waits for appointments and treatments under most HMOs exceed any waiting period in England, France and Canada. Check it out. In short, we are already paying for socialized medicine but we are not getting it — just like the education we pay for that is done delivered to our children and requires us to seek private school alternatives.

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