Healthcare has been among the most polarizing issues between both Democrats and Republicans. Candidates are divided between a Medicare-For-All system and a public option.
Unfortunately, the conversation is often confusing to the average voter due to the strange rhetoric framed by the candidates. John Delaney is the perfect example of a politician purposely blurring the lines for the sake of self interest.
During the third debate, Delaney spoke out against any candidate proposing Medicare-For-All and argued that it would have more consequences than solutions. By the end of the night, it was clear that Delaney made his entire identity playing defense for the private insurance companies.
After the debate, Delaney’s true intentions were revealed in his financial disclosure, showing that he has invested $3.2 million in the healthcare industry. This makes sense considering that a Medicare-For-All system would reduce the amount of profit made by private insurance companies. It’s clear that Delaney is acting as a representative for his shareholders on the political stage.
This is a disservice to the moderates and progressives watching at home since they are the ones who will be impacted by the discussion of healthcare during these debates. The priority is being taken away from the voters and given exclusively to the private insurance companies who run on a for-profit basis.The victims are being cast aside while the corporations try to control the conversation.
It’s also worth mentioning that as more research goes into Delaney’s campaign funding, the more evidence comes into the spotlight. Some of the largest sums of money delivered to him come in super PACs from various donors. This should be taken into consideration when talking about future candidates and their rise to power and how big pharma has a stronghold on the political discussions about healthcare.
Another aspect of Medicare-For-All that isn’t getting coverage is the removal of premium tax from private insurance companies. Everybody was eager to point out the increase in general tax, however those same people ignored how the loss of premium tax would save money. Of course, the backlash came from the fiscal conservatives and concerned Democrats who conveniently left out important details. This leads to misinterpretations on how to address the healthcare issues. Unfortunately, the clash between both parties is also present in Congress, resulting in stalemates that don’t help the voters.
Joe Biden is another candidate with ties to Big Pharma. Steve Ricchetti is Biden’s campaign chairman who happens to be a health care lobbyist. This shows where the rhetoric is coming from and why public figures are so quick to defend the wealthiest members of their campaign team.
However, many candidates are turning the tide when it comes to accepting corporate money and deciding to welcome individual donations from voters more often, while Delaney insists on receiving super PACs.
Conversations about healthcare continue to be neglected by spokesmen like Delaney. Simple regulations of private corporations are scoffed at as “socialist arguments.” Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans refuse to be dealmakers as epidemics get worse. The solution is to avoid rivalries just to make a point. We’ve seen how divisive healthcare is among Democrats, hopefully Republicans can start a dialogue that works for everyone.
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