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News :: Human Rights
Being Uninsured Makes Us Sick
19 Jun 2004
Two posters from the Bridge Walk that I really liked.
Being Uninsured Makes Us Sick, and Universal Health Care - It's Your Right
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Photo of some art from Boston Bridge Walk for Health Care today. The artist, Pat Berger, OK'd posting these photos. I wasn't at the Bridge Walk, but talked with some participants afterwards.

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Re: Being Uninsured Makes Us Sick
21 Jun 2004
Announcements and news and related literature about the Bridge Walks, all seemed to have one gaping hole. That is...information about just who the Insurance Industry IS...and, therefore, why we need to eradicate it from our public health care system.

* Top health (?) insurers not only insure some of our most health damaging industries, they have huge investments in them as well. This makes these insurers Part OWNERS of the likes of, for one, Cigarette Manufacturing.
See: http://www.pnhp.org/news/2000/march/insurers_are_major_i.php
If that site is a problem...see same material at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IllinoisGreensTalk/message/1221?source=1

* Insurers are the largest investment "community" on Wall Street. Likely they are not only invested in health damaging industries, but also interests that are part of the for-profit health system. Therefore, insurers have motive and corporate duty to favor their investment properties such as pharmaceuticals, radiological equipment, and supplies of all kinds. This is patently a Conflict of Interest. An insurer may promote their Drug A over others that may be safer, more effective and/or less expensive. An HMO with such a conflict would have motives to hide or not even investigate or warn about dangers presented by their drug holdings.

* Big Insurance, as noted, is also Big Investment. That is, our insurance premiums are used to invest in...Who Knows Where? Our money may be off invested in health damaging industries such as oil, pesticides (from oil and pharms), nukes, toxic waste, logging, mining, and weapons.
What was our money may be off invested in industries we disapprove of for moral, religious or political reasons. And, what was our money may even be out there invested in firms that compete with our own businesses or personal investments.
If an insurer is invested in (or insurer of) Chlorine industries, what are the chances that patients will be analyzed for, or even told about, dioxin exposures?...dioxin being a by-product of chlorine, and one of the worst industrial pollutants on earth.
We need to Ask and KNOW where our insurers invest.

The likelihood of finding an insurer that is only invested in (and an insurer of) benign industries like organics, hemp, solar power, public transit, etc., is slim.

Bottom line: Private Insurers OUT of our Public Health System....ASAP. This is the last industry that ought be trusted to administer our or our children's health care.