Monday, July 20, 2009

Insuring Profits

Last Friday Bill Moyers discussed the appointment of Regina Benjamin for Surgeon General and contrasted her rural medical clinic with the nation's biggest and most profitable insurance companies:

(YouTube video)

Moyers' essay is a precise narrative of our country's health-care crisis. While doctors with ethics are paid with oysters and fish, the Chairman and CEO of Cigna announces the layoff of 1,100 employees and takes home $11.4 million for himself.

The insurance industry then takes the money they make from sick people and uses it to influence the desperate health-care debate in Washington D.C.

I think it will be a big victory if the small town doctor earns this influential position as "America's Doctor."

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