One of the biggest stories on BBC world service yesterday was the arrest of FORTY PEOPLE in New Jersey after a 10 year investigation. What were they arrested for? Well, among other things, KIDNEY TRAFFICKING, reaching all over the place — here, Israel, un named third world countries — along with money laundering, racketeering, and corruption including the taking of bribes by public officials. I think they said two NJ city mayors were arrested, several NJ state representatives, RABBIS, and more.
How the hell do you get away with kidney trafficking for 10 years??? And why in the hell is there NOTHING on any of the news feeds that are based here in the States????
I remember seeing a CSI many years ago that dealt with someone who was killed (?) for their kidney. I thought that really pushed the bounds of reality and that it HAD to be an urban legend. Turns out it was pretty close to true. Who knew???
Second story: Please go read today’s Automatic Earth for the full story (you can link to it from the sidebar) and scroll down to the story on Obama’s healthcare plan. WTF??? If we get a government option doctors will no longer be able to make decisions on healthcare because the govt will???
Umm….negatory, ghost rider. Even with Medicare, there are limits on what the plan will pay, and what they will pay for, but the doctors – and I might add, the patients – are still making the decisions. There are ‘customary and approved’ treatments, that JAMA et al say work and doctors work from those. Some are redundant and ridiculous, and add to the overall cost of treatment, but that’s govt at work for you.
I’m getting so sick of the BS fear mongering by PEOPLE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER, paid for by BIG INSURANCE and BIG PHARMA, spouting the party line. The fact is, HEALTH CARE and ILLNESS CARE are NOT synonymous. And we can’t realistically afford illness care any more in this country any way, thanks to giving the money to the banks instead of creating it to invest in our citizens. Who makes the decisions now about what gets covered and the rates now? THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. Now, let’s look at two bad options here. Do you want the govt, as inept as it can sometimes be, but without any profit making motive, guide your health care….or do you want a company (even non profits) who is only interested in their bottom line, and in making money of your misery and suffering, to make your decisons?? I know who I vote for.
And to pretend that we can’t have socialized medicine because the GOVT will be making our healthcare decisions for us is just pissing me off in the worst way. Because it’s so wrong.
Off the soapbox now. Rant over. Putting on my happy face to go to work.