Sunday, August 12, 2012

Conservatism Equals Murder, Inc.

"New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage"

"Uninsured, working-age Americans have 40 percent higher death risk than privately insured counterparts"

The Harvard Gazette reported the hidden secret of Conservatism: Conservatism kills.  When the Cosa Nostra was proven to have caused the deaths of hundreds of fellow gangsters, Congress and the FBI moved in to take care of the problem.  The Dirty Little Secret of American political life is that Conservatism is a euphemism for Murder, Incorporated - a more effective killing machine than the Syndicate could ever hope to be.

The article:

"Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journal of Public Health. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.

"The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.

“'The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health,' said lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 'We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.'

"The study found a 40 percent increased risk of death among the uninsured. As expected, death rates were also higher for males (37 percent increase), current or former smokers (102 percent and 42 percent increases), people who said that their health was fair or poor (126 percent increase), and those who examining physicians said were in fair or poor health (222 percent increase).

"Steffie Woolhandler, study co-author, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, noted: 'Historically, every other developed nation has achieved universal health care through some form of nonprofit national health insurance. Our failure to do so means that all Americans pay higher health care costs, and 45,000 pay with their lives.'

“'The Institute of Medicine, using older studies, estimated that one American dies every 30 minutes from lack of health insurance,' remarked David Himmelstein, study co-author, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance.  'Even this grim figure is an underestimate — now one dies every 12 minutes.'”

In an interview with Florida Congressional candidate Alan Grayson by Cenk Uygar, Uygar referred to a former speech by Grayson where he said,"The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick. The Democrats have a different plan. The Democrats say, 'If you have health insurance, we’re going to make it better. If you don’t have health insurance, we’re going to provide it to you. If you can’t afford health insurance, then we will help you afford health insurance.'  But the Republican plan is this: 'Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.'”

An Conservative translation would have said: "Don't get sick (poor and middle class), and if you do get sick, die quickly (and don't make me pay for it)."

Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate, Paul Ryan, has called for even more deaths.  Think Progress ran an article, "12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan," in which they noted:

"Ryan wants to end Medicare, replace it with a voucher system. Ryan’s latest budget transforms the existing version of Medicare, in which government provides seniors with a guaranteed benefit, into a 'premium support' system. All future retirees would receive a government contribution to purchase insurance from an exchange of private plans or traditional fee-for-service Medicare. But since the premium support voucher does not keep up with increasing health care costs, the Congressional Budget Offices estimates that new beneficiaries could pay up to $1,200 more by 2030 and more than $5,900 more by 2050. A recent study also found that had the plan been implemented in 2009, 24 million beneficiares enrolled in the program would have paid higher premiums to maintain their choice of plan and doctors. Ryan would also raise Medicare’s age of eligibility to 67."

45,000 dead, killed by the Conservative GOP, is a figure too monstrous to contemplate when we observe that it is the result of machinations by our elected officials.  Is "murder" too strong a word?  Should we water it down by calling it "negligent manslaughter?"  The responsibility belongs to the Conservative leadership, and their support by the Conservative sheeplets for murdering their own people is the National Shame.

Criminalize Conservatism before your turn and your loved ones comes.


"I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What
do you want - an adorable pancreas?"

Jean Kerr

1 comment:

  1. While I ordinarily refrain from encouraging Comments from Conservative sheeplets, (see,,,,, and, I can't resist copying a recent one from a typically intellectually challenged True Believer:

    "Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Conservatism Equals Murder, Inc.":

    "You are posting deliberate untruths and down right hatefulness for your agenda. Lets put into prospective that the lazy that will not work are not my obligation. Those that refuse to take care of themselves, but vote in the liberals who kill jobs and tax those who do work into poverty are your problem. And if you do not adherer to murder, stop killing the unborn by this many a day at least. you are the biggest hypocrites alive. Defending this nations freedom is not murder, abortion is."

    I post this comment from what can only be described as a congenital twit only to show everyone how the Conservative sheeplets "think." The reason I usually delete these posts is that they are equally as boring as the posting of this maroon, bereft of logic, nasty, and universally displaying a shocking disregard for the simple rules of spelling, syntax, grammar, and the vocabulary of their native tongue.

    Unless psychological and neuroscientific researchers come up with a way to modify their thinking and behavior, we as a nation have reason to despair over the participation of these Conservative sheeplets in our electoral process.

    Joyce, Jnr.