Josh, in his paper (part one) on the Business Plot, took a look at racketeering while on his way to other destinations. It works as in this example: Suppose you have a small business in an urban neighborhood, and a man comes in (wearing, if course, a Trilby hat and dark trench coat), and offers to sell you insurance to prevent your windows from being broken out. You have to buy the “insurance,” as it is understood that of you don’t, your windows will be broken out.
That is how a “racket” works. A problem is first created and then solved by the same people. The payment, the “insurance” you are forced to purchase, is called “extortion.” Here is the legal definition:
“The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.”
I have outlined here the true nature of what is called “Obamacare.” All of the problems we have experienced in our health care system have been created or exacerbated by health insurance companies. Obama (as if) stepped in to remedy these problems by extracting from us an extortion fee paid each month to the same insurance companies who created the problems.
Obamacare is, as I see it, the greatest single financial burden placed on the American public since the imposition if the income tax in 1913. It was a financial coup d’etat of staggering proportions. No way was a mere election farce in 2016 going to have any effect on it. It is with us to stay.
So what of the attempts by Republicans to repeal Obamacare? Understanding those attempts requires a nuanced understanding of politics, where everything is layered and nothing is what it appears. It helps to understand the following:
- There is only one party, as Chomsky labeled it, “The Business Party.”
- Congress, as Mathis so often explains, has no real power, and merely gives the news media, also under control of business, something to focus on, a way to fill hours of TV and volumes if newspapers. They are an ongoing sitcom. The real business of running the country happens elsewhere.
- Often in politics an objective is achieved by pretending to oppose that objective in designed-to-fail stage plays, called “Kabuki Dances.” In such farces, we are given “… appearance of conflict or of an uncertain outcome, when in fact the actors have worked together to determine the outcome beforehand.” (Wikipedia, for once accurate.)
So it is easy now to see that Trump’s attempts to repeal Obamacare were really nothing more that disguised attempts to tighten the Obamacare straightjacket. Trump, a controlled clown, seems to have been put there to make Obama look good. That’s all I can make of him. We’ll never be rid of Obamacare.
So with a better understanding of politics, we can see that the health insurance industry, whose lobby is known as AHIP, spent decades ruining our already shaky health care system via an economic process known as “enclosure.” By this process an activity is fenced off and access controlled. Huge rents are charged for entry. Think of the NFL or MLB, where every access point, be it a stadium or TV or computer screen, charges an access price. This is how AHIP controls health care. The entry fee is known as an insurance policy, but is only a ticket to the nosebleed seats. We are still burdened with huge costs even with insurance.
The insurance concept is widely used and extremely useful in things like home ownership and automobile accidents, where millions of people need protection and there are only a very few claims. Costs, which far exceed an individual’s ability to pay, are spread out over a huge population, and are affordable. Without the insurance industry, ownership of homes and automobiles would be impossible.
Health care is quite different. Everyone needs it at various times, especially as we age (which is why health insurance companies refused to sell policies to senior citizens, thereby forcing the creation of the Medicare system, another racket). Health care is something else … a “utility.” (Use of that word will get you booted from every AHIP board room.) Everyone needs it, and we need to use the cheapest and most efficient system available to provide it, government. Every other country on the face of the planet has some form of government-provided health care system, and they all work better and are cheaper than ours. (Did the business-owned news media fail to point this out to us?)
As Americans, with Obamacare now a fixture, we are screwed in perpetuity. Insurance companies, AHIP, our racketeers, are extorting billions now by force of law, tracking us, levying fines (breaking windows) if we fail to pay them their extortion. Where before we simply had a lousy health care system overseen by greedy insurance companies, we now have a refined system of extraction of wealth … this in addition our lousy, overpriced and inefficient health care system.
So an executive order recently signed by Trump is little more than a band-aid, and will have little effect. OBamacare may be a leaky ship, but it was not designed to fix our health care system, and so will continue to leak but never be allowed to sink.
Thanks, Obama, and oh, by the way, fuck you so very much.