Schakowsky ecstatic about killing private health insurance

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, democrat from Illinois, was speaking to a group of socialized health care sympathizers when she admitted that one goal of Obama’s socialized health care plan would be to kill private insurance companies in the process of “reform.”

At least she’s honest:

At a speech on April 18, 2009 at a rally for healthcare reform in Chicago, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) admitted that a strategic objective of the Obama healthcare reform plan is to destroy the private health insurance industry.

That’s nearing Biden territory on the foolish candor scale.

She even admits “this is not a principled fight,” instead it’s simply about socializing the health care industry, not reforming the private system. To them, “reform” means government ownership.

Not really a shocker, we know the disdain Obama has for free market capitalism. Insurance companies are easy targets for politicians who need to fight “big” corporations and their pure evil they unleash.

Gee, won’t it be fantastic when you’re insurance options are Obama-care or nothing else. Talk about invasion of privacy and big brother. What’s worse is that liberals cried bloody murder when they found about the terrorist surveillance program under Bush yet they have no problem divulging all private health information to the government.

  • Bill Hedges

    Does it not make sense to fix social security & housing problems first ? Then maybe folks might, might, might, think they can fix health care ?

  • Bill Hedges

    Daniel Hannon Warns of the Pitfalls of Nationalized Health Care
    By Lonely Conservative, on March 29th, 2009
    British MEP Daniel Hannon explains to Sean Hannity how nationalized health care is bad for both providers

  • Bill Hedges

    link will not post

  • Bill Hedges

    “Heritage Foundation: Myth Exposed – American Health Care System Not Perfect, but Superior to Socialized Health Care
    By Vicki McClure Davidson” Frugal Café Blog Zone

    “I’m so weary of Pres. Barack Obama bashing our health care system, saying it is “broken,” that it is the mega-James-Bond villain in our nation’s economic problems.”

    “Where is any compelling evidence proving that our health care system is the primary impetus, the main cause of our massive unemployment, tanking stock market, plummeting industrial production, housing-bubble bursts, business failures, sputtering trade flows, and the nation’s overall lack of confidence in our fiscal stability?”

    …”The proposed costs are never correct (crystal balls just aren’t made like they used to be), but grow rampant like a cancer to ten-fold or greater the original cost projections. It ends up, every time, being much more expensive than the system it was suppose to improve upon, permanently crippling the economy it was suppose to revive”

    “The lending of untold billions of dollars to people who had no business buying homes that cost far, far more than they could afford and subsequently, they stopped paying on, the “toxic loans” lending institutions have been forced to shoulder or were greedy about accumulating, investments that collapsed, gambles in the stock market that didn’t pay off, the untold billions of dollars poured into failing US companies by our Congress and Obama… yes, those fiscally unsound reasons have greatly impacted our nation’s economic stability”

    “But, health care? I just don’t see the evidence that it is a main villain. Maybe in cases where people who can’t afford health insurance (or who may simply choose to not pay for it) and must have a costly surgery or treatment, or are filing for bankruptcy and have been laid off from their jobs, thus can’t afford to pay for expensive medical procedures. But the irresponsibility of a whole pack of people (community organizers, people who felt entitled to have expensive homes, lenders who weren’t prudent, Congress’s wild and unmonitored bailout packages and porkulus bills, yada yada) did most of it.”

    “Our health care system is not perfect by any means. Errors occur, costs are rising faster than American wages (one major reason for that, though, is the added burden of the rising costs of medical insurance that physicians and hospitals must have, thanks to countless outrageous multi-million-dollar lawsuits and hands-in-your-wallet lawyers; insurance costs are passed on to patients). Show me the health care systems in Europe that are perfect (or just better) and I will definitely reevaluate my position”

    “Daniel Hannan: Do Not Adopt a National Health Care System”

    “In an interview this week, following his chastising in Parliament of Prime Minister Brown’s spending of money that Britain does not have, Britain’s Daniel Hannan spoke to Americans against the UK’s failed health care system. “Do not repeat what Britain has done… please do not move towards a national health care system… Prevent it, resist it,” Hannan implored on Sean Hannity’s radio talk show on March 26. “It’s like going back to the Iron Curtain times. You’re expected to stand in line and be grateful for whatever you get.” He said the UK’s socialized health care has delivered some of the worst health outcomes imaginable for the UK’s citizens, for a once-prosperous nation in the Western world”

    “Socialized, or nationalized, medicine/health care has been a gargantuan failure everywhere it has been implemented. Thinking OUR government is smarter than all the others who have failed is both arrogant and naive. Have we already forgotten the blundering messes Congress has made in just the past few weeks, such as the AIG bailout bonuses and trillion-dollar pork-ridden bills? And my health and your health were not part of those disasters (yet). Medicare has been an economic nightmare of waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiencies to the tune of billions of dollars. Why would universal health care, run by our government, be presumed to be implemented better?”

    “Private enterprise works. It inspires competition and innovation. Socialization does the opposite. Why work harder, create more, spend more time, and give better service when the slackers will benefit identically? Where is the incentive to cut costs and implement time-efficient methods if the government is funding the whole thing like a sugar daddy?”

    “Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh cited on his radio show how American health care is superior to that of the socialized system in the UK and Canada. I’d love to see the data comparing our health care to that of Cuban health care, Venezuelan health care, Russian health care, Swedish health care, Chinese health care, Mexican health care.”

    “The Heritage Foundation conducted extensive research and analysis, comparing the US health care system to that of countries that have socialized medicine. Here are their findings that Rush read aloud on the program, dispelling the myth that national health care is better:”

    “Originally released by Heritage Foundation: 10 Facts About American Health Care”
    Transcript from Rush Limbaugh EIB radio show, March 25, 2009

    “RUSH: You know, one of the things that always amazes me when we talk about the government getting bigger is the evidence people have in their everyday lives. Whenever they encounter a government bureaucracy, they hate it. They hate going to DMV. They hate having to deal with bureaucrats and the forms. Whether it’s a permit from town to build a house or whatever the bureaucracy is, people hate it.”

    “Yet despite this actual, real-world experience, the same people somehow—either instinctively or as a result of persuasion—can be influenced to vote for government running more and more of their lives. One of the things that people apparently want more and more government involved in is health care. And our buddies at the Heritage Foundation, working together with the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Hoover Institution, have identified “10 things you probably did not know about health care.”

    “Here are the ten. I’m not going to read everything. I’ll just read the ten things. There are paragraphs associated with the ten things to prove them and back them up.”

    “Fact No. 1: Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.”

    “Fact No. 2: Americans have lower cancer mortality rates than Canadians. Europeans and Canadians have government-run health care. ”

    “Fact No. 3: Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries.”

    “Fact No. 4: Americans have better access to preventive cancer screening than Canadians.”

    “Fact No. 5: Lower-income Americans are in better health than comparable Canadians.”

    “Fact No. 6: Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the UK. Canadian and British patients wait about twice as long—sometimes more than a year—to see a specialist, to have elective surgery like hip replacements, or to get radiation treatment for cancer.”

    “Fact No. 7: People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed.”

    “Fact No. 8: Americans are more satisfied with the care they receive than Canadians.”

    “Fact No. 9: Americans have much better access to important new technologies like medical imaging than patients in Canada or the U.K. Read “MRI” there.”

    “Fact No. 10: Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations.”

    “RUSH: There’s just ten reasons right there. No reason to turn this over to a bumbling of bureaucrats, and Obama spoke about this last night.”

    “It’s simply insane to suggest… If you look at [Obama’s] budget, he talks about how we can reduce the deficit and we can get the economy going by reducing health care costs. And yet if you look at his budget, health care costs spiral out of control! There are no cuts in anything! There’s no evidence anywhere that nationalized health care works and is an improvement over private sector health care.”

    Have tried countless times but link would stop your system acceptance.

    I provided title and author.

  • Path

    The United States spends 17% of its GDP on health care. That includes all spending Public and Private. For some prospective, Switzerland – 10.9% Germany-10.7% Canada-9.7% France-9.5 %.( source:

    That is why it’s a big problem. It affects everyone and every business directly. Congresses plan (remember obama can only make suggestions) from what I gather is to create public health insurer that will compete with the private companies. The Public system will be less expensive so most people will switch. If a private company can compete so be it but most doubt they can. What’s a private company’s only motive for existence? Profit! Defiantly not helping people. Should it really cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to deliver a baby?

    If you want to take care of the deficit you must take care of healthcare first.

  • Path

    “The Administration believes that comprehensive health reform should:

    Reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government

    Protect families from bankruptcy or debt because of health care costs

    Guarantee choice of doctors and health plans

    Invest in prevention and wellness

    Improve patient safety and quality of care

    Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans

    Maintain coverage when you change or lose your job

    End barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions”

    So scary

  • JD

    lol. Path, I can’t tell you how many times I have explained this to these people on here.

    They just love our current system even though they are going to need government assistance when they are in their old age because there is no way they will afford or get the care they need from the Private sector. All because their health is not profitable.

    Anyway, Glad to have you on here Path.