Interesting piece by Mike Dennison today in the Independent Record, discussing what wasn’t said at the recent Montana Health Care Forum: universal health care:
Instead, we heard lots of talk about solutions that would encourage or require Americans without health insurance to buy private health insurance.
A chief organizer of the forum, Montana Blue Cross/Blue Shield — the state’s largest private health insurance company — says it wasn’t trying to control or guide the content of the forum.
Conference organizers identified speakers they felt had both national and state perspectives on health issues and health reforms, and tried to get them on the agenda, says company spokeswoman Linda McGillen.
Right. Maybe I am a cynic, but I have my doubts that Blue Cross/Blue Shield looked too hard for anyone who advocates universal care, given that their business model depends on incredibly priced insurance. I suspect that the Universal Healthcare Foundation, for instance, would have been interested in attending.
It’s probably not a stretch to say that they would love mandatory insurance, because through either legal pressure on individuals or government subsidies, BCBS would likely reap a huge benefit. Why, I wonder, would we want BCBS to create a huge unmanageable bureaucracy with excessive executive pay beyond the control of voters rather than creating a government-operated system?
And don’t let the media and Republican rhetoric confuse you. Americans want universal health care. It’s unbelievable that Republicans, beholden to business interests and Democrats, afraid of their own shadows, are unwilling to see that.