Health Insurance CEOs — America’s Most Dangerous Killers
According to these two articles (here and here), Americans aren’t sufficiently fired up over health insurance reform because there’s no villain. The public won’t be galvanized until there’s someone to crystallize all of this fury and frustration. We need an Osama bin Laden; a Communist infiltrator; a drug pusher selling heroin to YOUR fourth grade child.
OK then — imagine a 9/11-type terrorist attack occurring in America six times a year, every year. THAT’S how many Americans die every year because they don’t have health insurance. Even knowing that number — 18,000 deaths each year — the public isn’t mobilized because their fear and anger aren’t channeled and directed. These emotions just flare up and then diffuse into the ozone.
And that’s probably because of the bland neutral sterile presentation of these stories. “The patient didn’t have insurance.” “Coverage was denied because of a pre-existing condition.” “The insurance policy didn’t cover the required procedure.” WHOA!!! Doesn’t that just send your blood pressure skyrocketing? Careful, your hands are shaking.
Let’s call it what it is: Murder! This isn’t something that just “happened” because of some faceless anonymous insurance company. These murders were the result of somebody’s conscious decision. An actual flesh-and-blood person was calculating how much more money he/she could make by killing X number of sick people.
Instead of “after further study, the HMO concluded that the policy…” — how about “this motherfuckin’ shitbag killed hundreds of sick people so he could afford another yacht!” And now it’s time to put names and faces to these murdering douchebags.
H/T to DailyKos for the following names:
Ronald Williams, CEO of Aetna.
H. Edward Hanway — CIGNA.
Angela Braly — WellPoint.
Dale Wolf — Coventry Health Care.
Michael Neidorff — Centene.
James Carlson — AMERIGROUP.
Michael McAllister — Humana.
Jay Gellert — Health Net.
Richard Barasch — Universal American.
Stephen Hensley — UnitedHealth Group.
Anyway, you get the idea. You’ve had a glimpse at America’s Most Wanted.