If Max Baucus Has His Way, I’m Joining the Racists – I Mean, Teabaggers

By now it is common knowledge that Blue Dog Montana Democrat Senator Max Baucus is a kept man, a lap dog of the health care lobby.

“In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by Baucus, D-Mont., and his political-action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical-supply firms, health-service companies and other health professionals. These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.”
– The Montana Standard, June 14, 2009

With Baucus’ bill finally emerging from the Senate Finance Committee, we are learning he intends to carve chunks off of Medicare, reduce aid to people struggling with health care premiums, and force everyone into the private insurance system by levying fines for those unwilling or unable to buy in. How that’s going to work, I cannot say. If you can’t afford insurance, you can’t afford a fine for not having it, either.

Not only would all this be a total betrayal of any half-ass attempt at improvement President Obama may have intended for our dilapidated health care system, but it would be a total give-away to the very pirates who have ruined the system in the first place: the same interests whose lobbyists have been dumping money into Baucus’ campaign coffers for the past six years.

Our health care system is broken. Period. Top-to-bottom, totally mangled, and I have yet to met an honest person – insured or not – who can testify differently. I know doctors who tell me that med school admissions boards are accepting B students because A students refuse to go into private practice. I know hospital directors who tell me that a general practitioner in his first year will pay twice what he makes for liability insurance. Or that a hospital’s art budget can sometimes rival its equipment budget. I know fully insured people who require procedures they cannot afford because they will be forced to pay out of pocket. (How does that qualify as fully insured?) I know that Medicare doesn’t fully reimburse doctors so many private clinics are refusing to accept it. And we all know that medical expenses are the leading cause of private bankruptcies in the U.S.

If you are one of those people out there proclaiming that the “U.S. has the best health care system in the world!” then I want to meet your doctor. Tell me, do they make house calls? ‘Cuz they used to. And in most industrialized nations, they still do. For instance, Japan pays considerably less per capita than we do – while covering all of its citizens – and the Japanese see doctors fifteen times a year on average. Usually with no appointment and no waiting times. I haven’t seen a dentist in 15 years, and if I wanted to (if I could afford it) I could expect a waiting time of at least six months.

The fact is, the legislation all of this middle-of-the-road Democratic B.S. is going to boil down to won’t do diddly to relieve the health care problem in our country. It can’t. Because the Democrats are in bed with the health care lobby just as badly as the Republicans are in bed with Fox News, the “birthers,” the gun nuts and the radical fundamentalists. And none of those groups want to see anything change. The status quo keeps the electorate desperate. And desperate electorates are ever-so-easy to manipulate.

If Obama was truly the liberal or socialist or leftist that Glenn Beck so badly wants to paint him as being (and GOD, do I ever wish he was), he wouldn’t have come out with this mealy-mouthed “you can keep your beloved pirate’s booty insurance plan if you want it” garbage and would have instead said “what we’re going to do now is strengthen Medicare so it really works for doctors and patients and then extend it to all Americans, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well.” SCREW THE INSURANCE LOBBY. SCREW THE PHARMACEUTICAL LOBBY. (How about they take down a few of those levitra ads and put that money into discounts for drugs people might actually need.)

Costs and deficits become an issue. Health care’s not cheap, that’s for sure, even if the government is paying for it with your tax dollars. So where does the money come from? How about we scale down our bloated military budget and use that money for something that’s actually useful for a change? We’d be doing the world a huge favor, and we’d still have enough weaponry to destroy the entire planet 1000 times over.

I’m just sick of it all. Obama ain’t no progressive, and it’s a tragedy. But if you think Joe Wilson knows the answers, well, you’re really screwed.

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32 Responses to “If Max Baucus Has His Way, I’m Joining the Racists – I Mean, Teabaggers”

  1. barndoor cowlegs Says:

    yep, we’re fucked, well said

    • Well put Cuz……..so do I hear wedding bells? Congrats, it’s about time you conformed with the rest of us. Love ya, Tawn

    • Let me also add my opinion on health care since I have been in the medical insurance field for 20+ years. Healthcare should be a US given right not just another way for consumers to get raped. Be it the insurance companies or the medical providers. The worst of the lot, in my not so humble opinion, are the pharmaceutical companies.
      I voted for our current president and I’m glad I did but…I’m still very disappointed in our continued lack of support for Katrina victims. We sure were Johnny on the Spot helping the Haitian earthquake victims. What happened to the ole’ US credo that we knew and loved so well……TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN. This is just one of the many principals that used to make us the super country of the world. Not anymore! I have no problem helping other countries but we need to take care of our selves #1!!!!!! Sometimes I feel ashamed to be an American and I don’t like feeling that way…….

  2. Polfasidickwads, excuse me I should say political professionals (I want to play in the spirit of the video you posted), are always going to end up scre…., putting undo pressure on, those whom they swear they represent due to the fact that they use the “scr…” I mean “pressure” to get reelected forever. I, for life of me, am still baffled that you can’t see that they all need to go and any that come after need to be on the choker chain of term limits. It is hard and not as much fun to politely discuss ideas but what are we to make of that video and ourselves if we don’t act cordially even with those who we have ferocious disagreements with.

  3. Worse still, this half-assed half-measure will include mandates for those with the lowest incomes to pay into what is shaping up to be the same current broken system (ie same insurers who should be flatly legislated out of existence) on steroids…with 1500 annual fines for non-compliance. And if I you think that you and I will be able to afford care even then, you are probably a hopeless optimist with a thing for opium. Letting PhRMA, who studies have shown reaps a substantial portion of the benefits from the present mess, have the first say in setting limits on what the new legislation can be should have been a clue as to the real intent. They’re highjacking your wallet to give to their criminal friends while your teeth rot out of your head, your currency becomes worthless, and you starve…oh, while working longer hours if you can get them. I don’t see any reason to support any aspect of this without a robust public option. Otherwise, it is just another tax on the poor to benefit the (super)rich. Cap and trade is exactly the same deal. We have a one party state…and your not invited. As George Carlin put it, “They don’t give a f*ck about you.”

  4. Then lets force them out.

  5. Hear, hear, Doug. Though I have absolutely zero faith in the “public option.” The only reason we’re even hearing hints of it is because single-payer advocates have been incredibly vocal. In the end, if it’s in there, paid-for politicians are going to spend every minute between the bill’s passage and the time it takes effect poking holes in it. When it finally sees the light of day, it will be an impotent specter of anything required to actually compete with the for-profit piracy of our current system. Plans for a bold public option actually “leveling the playing field” are nothing but political promise pipe dreams, and any realist knows it.

    Single-payer is the only way, damn near everyone admits it, but it’s never even been let near the table, let alone on it. They definitely don’t give a fuck about us. Our system rewards economy, not humanity, and as a result, we may well be pretty much doomed to infinite failure, the experiment in liberty crushed under the robber-barons’ boots.

  6. T.R. said the same thing was going to happen, was happening, a hundred years ago and it’s still being lamented. Is it worse now or just different players on the same field? We know political power corrupts, we know the political professionals will never solve any problem as long as enough of their constituents keep voting them in to fix the/a problem, that purposely never ever goes away. The technique they use is what adverting folk’s call creating and filling a perceived need and /or emergency and it works everyday from selling soap to health care to big macs. Then the sheepeople and the intellectual (commonly blinded by ideology) alike say to themselves “my/or “the one that I like cause he speaks to my concerns” congressmen/senator is the only honest/intelligent guy up there so he has to be reelected” or what ever nonsense you convince yourself of that allows you to justify reelecting any of the corrupt class. The pontification here come off like college sophomores who have it all figured out, who’s good , who’s evil, who’s right , who’s wrong, but there is not the intellectual honesty here to even discuss the only way to tame this corrupt political madness. The ideas been poo poo’d here but the content and context of the discussions here in are nothing more than a plethora of reasons to have term limits. But no, that idea may have been floated by conservatives so there is no way in hell (even if it is evidently the logical and rational solution) an intellectual, free or right thinking individual would ever give that notion the discussion it deserves. I get the feeling it’s getting to the point where the sound of our own bitching and defending our ideology at all cost is more important than actual solutions. Didn’t Buddha or some other transcendent being say something about being angry all the time, the moral blindness that mental state causes and the wasting of the soul; or something to that effect? Well we are all fucked than. I guess there’s really no reason to stop or try and be civil with our debates. Best get your guns and ammo now before they sell out or they are outlawed. I guess Jefferson was right “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”-http://www.quotedb.com/quotes/2074
    We, as a singular society; have done it before so I don’t doubt we’ll do it again. And as a result, the surviving political pros will come crawling out of the slime and come out on top again, just as it ever was, just as it ever was….

  7. But hey! Here’s a little positive progress in the worthless “war on drugs”
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,552343,00.html

  8. And Irving Kristol has died. One less neo-con for you to worry about.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,552360,00.html
    Shaping up to be a pleasent weekend for the left. Enjoy!

  9. And coruption investingation of a high Bushie. Can you say Trifecta!? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/18/bush-interior-secretary-faces-corruption-probe/
    I hope you have a great day.

  10. SCOOBY! You’re a little off topic, dude. I know term limits is your pet project, and yes, I was ignoring you. We’ve hashed this out before, and if you have term limits, you’re still going to have people kissing up to big money to get elected and thus, serving only big money interests, not those of their constituents. Electoral reform won’t happen until the money comes out of campaigning, term limits or no. If the money comes out, the power doesn’t corrupt quite as fully.

    This post is about Max Baucus’ health care proposal, something you seem uninterested in discussing, even though it could affect all of our lives. I’ve got an idea: why don’t you get your OWN BLOG, you one-noter!

    Love ya, man.

  11. I agree with you on the bill and any bill is going to be just as messed up. But isn’t the “money”, which is only needed for any and all politicians’ ability to get reelected thus my one note contention, the reason the Baucus bill, and any others, end up written the way they are. The latest political calculus, it seems to me to be, is that this bill, that has health care in the title and is unsupported by a majority of all sides, is actually a bipartisan bill due to everybody hating it thus its a victory for the president in so much as “healthcare legislation” was passed. I heard a discussion on that possible reasoning as to why the bill has Whitehouse support expressed on “the Diane Ream Show” on NPR. And with the president’s speech noting “his plan”, the NPR panel was working under the assumption that the Baucus bill was what he was talking about. Sorry I was as unclear as to how my response applied to the original post.
    I believe we have discussed our ideas about how to deal with the advertising cost of campaigning which causes the huge need for politicians to raise funds. And regardless of how that end of the issue is dealt with, just the power of being able to craft legislation and the power of that ability is as corrupting as Daddy Warbucks stuffing Krugerrands in the pants of some elected representative. So I will concede to any prescription that gets the money out as long as it goes hand in hand with some sort of “hey dude this is a temp job, go home and get a real job” aspect. I think both actions would free the mind of those who would represent the citizenry. Then we would get the kind of real solutions instead of an unending pile of unread, unworkable, and worthless bills written by 20 something’s that are designed more to make the politicians look and feel good but never, and never will, solve the issue that they are named for.

    And as to the blog, your doin just fine. Just think of me as your token David Brooks.

  12. I gotta continue to disagree with you, scoobs: legislation is B.O.R.I.N.G. The only reason people want to do it is for the perks. That and the promise of millions as a private industry lobbyist when they leave office. If you just limit terms, they’re still gonna suck up to the billionaires to get elected. I think you’re right, I don’t trust term limits because a conservative suggested it. Then there’s also the fact that I really like Bernie Saunders, Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers, and a handful of others, and I don’t see the point in arbitrarily limiting the time they can serve. Hell, I don’t think presidential term limits make all that much sense. IF (and this is a big “if”) we could get the money out of politics.

  13. I do agree that the perks are quite enticing (the first sell out is to get yourself on a “important” committee, remember the fuss over Hillary and what committee assignment she would get?), and yes writing legislation is boring, that’s why they have the zealous, just out of college, true believer staff do that work, but the stature and power gained by proposing and passing “important and major” legislation is just as enticing. Especially as you hardly ever have to read the proposed law that has your name on it. They stand up all statesmen like, introduce their “solution” to what ever hot button “wrong” the press or some lobby says must be corrected, defend it with long winded speeches and go on the TV and radio saying ” this legislation is too important for the to not pass quickly and have the president sign right away”, all from notes their staff wrote. (No wonder all campaign finance law have dump truck size holes in them. You want to make your boss happy and keep your job don’t you?). But the power of the purse, being able to send fed money back home, that gives you real power, people pay attention to you and listen to and do what you say. There is more ego involved in going into politics then altruism. And the big corp. job is nice when you leave, if you ever do, which doesn’t happen unless they loose or made some commitment to only serve so many terms (Senator Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican is an example. I have searched and found no democrats who have been that “idiotic”). I don’t see the kind of turn around you cite except by those who loose their seat after many years, at the top of the heap( committee chairmen, whips, leaders, speakers of the house) in what ever chamber they where in. Dick Armey(’85-’03)- FreedomWorks, Tom Daschle(’78 -’04)- Alston & Bird, Jim Wright (’54-’89) -Texas Christian University ( it has Christian in it’s name, can’t be good) and whomever else we could come up with, over the last 20 to 30 years were in office, lost, then got the “private industry lobbyist “ job. I just don’t see that your statement “The only reason people want to do it is for the perks. That and the promise of millions as a private industry lobbyist when they leave office.” as really all that accurate as to the “only reason” people go into politics. And you have no way of knowing that “Bernie Saunders ( I assume you mean Bernard “Bernie” Sanders the junior United States Senator from Vermont, ‘90- present), Dennis Kucinich (’96 – present), John Conyers(”Conyers is currently the second-longest serving incumbent member of the House (just after fellow Democrat from Michigan, John Dingell) and the fourth-longest incumbent member of the entire Congress by length of service (after Robert Byrd, John Dingell, and Daniel Inouye).- WIKI), and a handful of others” have not been corrupted? Just that they express an ideology that you support is no reason to trust that they are actually operating above board, even if their voting record is indicative of support for the ideology you support. If that is how you are making your determination then logically you must allow for the same assumption, even if you disagree with their ideology, to be made of all elected politicians. You just can’t say “They’re all rat bastards, all on the take, only there for the perks and the multimillion dollar payoff jobs after they leave office but these couple of guys vote and say things in a way I support so their ok.” Well you could, only on an emotional level if your just really fuckin’ pissed off and not some much interested in the minutiae of solving the issue, but finding real solutions for problems that effect the whole call for rational thought and discussion and not just being pissy, although being pissy for emphasis and humor sake is most enjoyable.

  14. Correction for line 12 above. The part in parenthesis did not make the post for some reason.
    “……..go on the TV and radio saying” this legislation is too important for the (insert group here) to not pass quickly and have the president sign right away”,…..”

  15. Also “so much” not “some much”

  16. Good morning and Oh My God, the President and I agree on something;
    from http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeff-poor/2009/09/20/sunday-obamathon-turns-media-critique-says-press-perpetuating-rude-behavi

    “Obama called the coverage of conflict “catnip to the media,” which includes cable television and blogs.

    “One last point I’ve got to make, Bob and that is I do think part of what’s different today is that the 24-hour news cycle and cable television and blogs and all this, they focus on the most extreme elements on both sides,” Obama said on CBS’s Sept. 20 “Face the Nation.” “They can’t get enough of conflict. It’s catnip to the media right now. And so the easiest way to get 15 minutes of fame is to be rude to somebody. In that environment I think it makes it more difficult for us to solve the problems that the American people sent us here to solve.””

  17. barndoor cowlegs Says:

    Here’s a really sad and scary story and video from the 9-12 rally, pretty blatant racism and/or acorn hysteria (btw these black folks shown getting assaulted are not with acorn)

    http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=204:you-got-the-wrong-symbol-boy-video-of-man-calling-street-vendors-acorn-as-he-hounds-them-out-of-dc-tea-party-rally-raises-questions&catid=39:stupid-right-wingers

  18. I doubt the obsession has anything to do with this:

    http://mediamatters.org/reports/200909230032

  19. barndoor cowlegs Says:

    Kill the bill, no one likes it, right or left. The senate should kill this fucker and we can start all over again in the house, having learned some lessons, with a willingness to stand up to the insurance scam…errr…lobby,and the tea bastards as well.
    lemme see… no public option, no abortion, no expanded medicare, no cost controls, certainly no single-payer…yes mandates…kill the damn bill

  20. The smartest and longest serving have shown they couldn’t pass a kidney stone much less this over hyped, got to have it, the country is doomed unless I sign this bill by the new year, legislation. And have you finally accepted the fact that the smartest and longest serving representatives are just there to see who is going to give them (i.e. their state) the most in appropriations for their support. Life by committee. Is that what you want? Really!?! You, after all this wide open and over exposed process, still think these “representatives ” are worth re-electing, really; just because you think only smartest and longest serving can get you what you want. REALLY!!!! Wake up left, right, and sideways! The permanent committee of the perpetual ruling class has just shown to all, in the clearest and most direct of ways, it’s giant, incompetent, pimply ass. JUST SAY NO TO ANY INCUMBENTS. There are plenty of far left thinking, narcissist to replace them.

  21. cripsyduck Says:

    What’s that you say? America is dead? I COULDN’T AGREE MORE. The entire mainstream of this country has been sold off to capitalist thieves, and there ain’t no repairing that unless we’re all willing to lay down in the road and die to stop the flow. We’ll be doing the bidding of the Chinese from here on out (and the few corporations powerful enough to play ball with them) – thank you Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. In the future, Cadillacs, Les Pauls and James Dean will no longer be universally cool, we’ll have to wait for the Chinese to tell us what to worship. Culture is dead, community is dead, democracy is dead (stillborn) and the worst kind of corporate capitalism has taken over. Have a Coke and a smile, and don’t forget to run your tattoo under the scanner, comrade!

    War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength!

  22. Maybe “laying down in the road…..” is the way we’re going. What did Jefferson say? “The tree of liberty needs to be fertilized by the blood of patriotes…..” or something like that. Oh I’ll look it up!

    “The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    The biggest social changes have always accompanied the population rising up with arms against the current ruling power.

  23. cripsyduck Says:

    Uh huh. Let’s see. The last time armed insurrection worked on this continent was … the American Revolution. I really don’t see how being armed is going to help us. We’ve seen to it that our armed forces are the only cutting edge thing in the entire fucking country. If we try to actually fight them, they will surely eliminate us to the last man. (Though I hear I.E.D.s are semi-effective at pissing off an army and slowly whittling down its resolve.) I’m thinking more of actually laying down – Gandhi-style – in the middle of the road. Let them trample a million of our corpses. At some point, conscience should kick in. Or maybe Wal-Mart already has a monopoly on conscience. Either way, I’m pretty sure you and I are totally fucked and there ain’t no fixing it. But I hear the bar’s still open on the Titanic. Drinks, anyone?

  24. I’m with ya. How bougt you and i put that 12 year old bottle of The Macallan on one of our government subsidised bank credit cards, grab a couple of glasses, and have a drink on the fan tail before we jump off!

  25. the revolution will not be televised.

  26. cripsyduck Says:

    i fully intend to twitter the revolution

  27. hee hee. twit. he said twit…

  28. ducky, come to mexico. we do not deny the absurd and we accept our insanity and we rub our noses in our turds and we laugh at nerds and we eat innards and we understand that there is no understanding only grappling and you cant drink the water! fly south for the winter and we’ll take care of you…

  29. Intresting that this post started with the Tea Party, whatever you want to call it, rolled into revolution, and it looks like one just happened. And in Mass. of all places. The irony is just delicous, televised, and tweeted. And before you go to Mexico you should talk to a Mexican about the 19 Families and then decide which side of the boarder better meets your moral comfort zone. Coruption by commitee or coruption by some Feudal lords?

  30. corruption without hypocrisy tastes different, but you get used to it.

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