The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Obama’s Health Care Plan:
Nothing behind the Curtain

Mar 9, 2009

President Obama has called his health care plan “a historic commitment to reform that will lead to lower costs and quality, affordable health care for every American.”

If Obama wants to reform health care, there is an obvious solution: Make health care government-funded and centrally organized. Cut out the companies sucking profits from our health: the insurance companies, the drug companies and medical equipment companies. Set the prices they will be paid. This would allow everyone to be covered, and for much less money than what the U.S. spends on medical care today.

There are obvious examples: centrally organized health care exists in countries around the world. These systems cover their entire populations, and they run far more efficiently–and, yes, more cheaply–than in the U.S. They aren’t perfect, it’s certainly true–because they still exist within profit systems, dealing with companies pushing to make profit. But all of them, no matter how serious their problems, provide better health care for their populations–across the board, by any measure.

This isn’t what the Obama administration proposed. Instead, he called for a “summit meeting”–with representatives from the drug industry, insurance industry, and hospitals, the same groups that created this bloated train wreck of a system in the first place! The same people who have a vested interest in keeping things fundamentally the same, with money continuing to flow into their pockets.

THESE are the ones who will form Obama’s health care policy. THEY are the ones it will help!