Newell: Despite attacks, Dems can't reform health care without "evil" corporations

Warren, Sanders' cries of "corporate corruption" looks an awful lot like hollow finger-pointing

Newell Normand
July 31, 2019 - 4:55 pm

Corporate America has the United States government by the throat, to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren tell it. Leading Democrats in the Presidential field are using corporate corruption as a clarion call to the Progressive base, but is that really the best place to go after dirty work in America politics?

"If they want to clean up corruption," Newell responded on his show today, "Why don't they start with self-regulation? We just talked yesterday about stuff with Maxine Waters, Elijah Cummings, a number of the conservative PACs - they're collecting all this money and it's not going for it's intended purpose, they're making themselves a nice little living basically scamming the public. So we don't even have to go to corporate America, we can just stop right there with some of the members of Congress. And yet, we want to be able to point a finger at somebody else. Well, why don't we point the finger at ourselves for about six months, clean that act up... that would be a damn good place to start, but we want to blame it on everyone else!"

Senators Warren and Sanders spent a good bit of time in the Democratic debate last night talking about corporate malfeasance in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy extraction and defense contracting industries. But at least in regards to healthcare, even Democratic-leaning union members are finding a lot to love in the way the private sector does things.  

"It's as though no corporation in America has been a good corporate citizen to America, that's basically what I heard last evening. It's interesting, because at the same time, when the issue came up about healthcare for union workers. 'Well, 'were going to need to sit down in our Collective Bargaining Agreements.'  Well, who are you going to bargain with? The Devil? They're evil! You're looking to put them out of business! The government is going to take over of all of this!"

There's another point Newell found to bolster his argument that these big Progressive healthcare ideas seem to, in many cases, be missing the forest for the trees, and that maybe they oughta try getting a couple of first downs before they go for the Hail Mary touchdown pass.

"Why wouldn't Congress allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate prescription pricing for themselves? They're the largest healthcare provider in the country and they're not allowed to negotiate on a lot of different things with the pharmaceutical industry. If we can't pass that bill, what makes us think that we're gonna pass a bill that's gonna get us Medicare for All?"

"And the other interesting thing is, Bernie Sanders talks for Medicare for All like the Medicare we have now? I'm not sure he understands what's actually happening. Because every time he and Warren say 'oh, you got that commercial policy, you're gonna have to do paperwork!' Obviously they've never sat down to see all the paperwork that's associated with Medicare. You don't just walk into a doctor's office or a hospital, and its paper-free to get Medicare to cover anything. They have us believing the Medicare doesn't have an approval process, or a pre-certification review process in order to get certain things done... go talk to any healthcare provider about Medicare and about the red tape they have to work around in order to get paid and everything else."

Newell didn't stop there, drawing an oft-overlooked comparison between private health care plans or a government run plan like Medicare or Medicaid.

"There's a large portion of people on Medicare that have supplement policies provided by whom? Private insurance corporations, and all of the same people criticizing corporate America are the same people telling their constituents to go and get Medicare supplement plans. Why? Why would you need a supplement plan if the base plan is so rosy? Does that make sense to anyone?"

Concluding, Newell said "We need to peel back the layers on what they're saying... it's not what they are professing it to be, and they wonder why they are attacked with 'impossible promises and fairytale promises,' because that's exactly what it is!"

Hear the full commentary below. 



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