An ad I'd like to see to drive home the urgent need for health insurance reform would proclaim, in the baldest way, that the health-insurance industry is burning through lobbying money now to protect their obscene profits for prosperity. According to John Harwood of the New York Times, they spent $133 million dollars in the second quarter of this year alone.
$133 million to convince politicians to back off finally curbing health-industry profiteering.
That money would buy:
- 220,000 CT scans or MRIs.
- 1, 330, 300 visits to a family physician
- 4,433 hips replaced
- 604 early-stage breast cancer treatments
One of the few groups rank-and-file Americans mistrust more than Congress is the health-insurance industry. Let's steer the debate back to that target with a little good old-fashioned righteous indignation.