Saturday, July 28, 2007


Willfully disregarding all the bad press, and because they have to, Aetna released its earnings statement Thursday. They have made record profits by "higher premiums and reducing health care costs." Translation: Making people pay more and providing them with less. BOO!

If you're on Aetna and have another choice, this may be the time to leave.

3 pearl(s) of wisdom:

Jasper John R. said...

Perhaps, your derision is misplaced? I think the villain in story is the actor off stage -- the gooferment.

Remember the Wage and Price controls of WW2? No, I didn't think so. They happened before I was born too. The Gooferment instituted wage and price controls to fool the people and make their war cheaper than it actually was. Now, they can't repeal the laws of economics. Business want to attract and retain better people. Since they couldn't pay more, the meme of "benefits" was created. And, the gooferement let them game the system and it was tax deductable. TO make it even worse, the "benefit" was deductable to the business but not the individual. Argh!

Fast forward, thru all the laws, regulations, and diktats that makes healthcare unaffordable. Who did that? The gooferment!

Now, the politicians of both parties -- who are merely different sides of the same criminal class -- offer to rescue us from the problem they created. And, we criticize everyone but who we should be excoriating. The gooferment, the politicians, and the bureaucrats.

What a mess!

Talmadge G. said...

Dear Mr. "jasper john r":

What does the "goofernment" have to do with the unbridled greed of the insurance industry and medical cartel? WWII and "memes" are just a diversion in this debate. So you're saying that we had to take care of medical insurance all by ourselves, no tax benefits, etc. (I take it you're in favor of that?), that Aetna, et al, would be totally honorable good citizens today? It is to laugh.

Frankly, much as I lean Libertarian in a lot of my views (mostly social), I think putting the gumment in charge of health care would be an improvement.

At least with the "goofernment", I have a vote. I don't have enough money to have the shares to make a difference in a corporation.

Meanwhile, I pray that you and your family never face the nightmare of being denied coverage .... losing your job, and your insurance ... and then facing "preexisting condition" clauses when you get a new job. (IF you're lucky enough to find one with said "memes").

Luckily, my wife and I both have good plans. However, that does not mean I don't think about those who don't have insurance or any protection from a medical calamity (it could happen to any of us at any time, ya know). Ultimately we all pay for the situation we have now, buddy.

Republicans and their blind wet-dream lust for unchecked corporate government make me sicker than so-called "social medicine."

Kate/Susan said...

We love socialized police protection, socialize fire protection, and socialized schools. Why shouldn't we love socialized medicine?