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MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Stereotypes are hard to break, particularly when it comes to race.

That issue was just directly confronted by First Lady Michelle Obama in a CBS interview, reposted on CNN with the headline "Michelle Obama: I'm no angry black woman." The "angry black woman" stereotype was the driving force behind racially charged attacks made by the right-wing amen media chorus during the 2008 campaign.

Thursday, 12 January 2012 01:47

For-profit Medicine Can Be a Killer

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

When patients become profit centers, all our health is at risk.

First, for those who are lucky enough to have private insurance, we are at the mercy of claims adjusters and benefit managers whose prime objective is to minimize health insurance company payouts for care. On top of that, until health care reform is fully implemented, you can still be denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions or pay exorbitant premiums, leaving many people who might hurt the profits of health insurance companies left to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars each for uninsured care.

In short, the corporate goal of health insurers is not the medical well-being of policy holders; it is profitability - as pointed out many times on BuzzFlash at Truthout. Illness and treatment reduce profitability. Why spend money on an expensive procedure for a cancer patient if they are going to die anyway?

This is the de facto death panel that exists in a world of privatized health insurance.

But a recent commentary by Philip Caper posted on Truthout poses the other side of the double threat to our health care in the current health insurance climate. The providers of medical care are increasingly employees of corporations that are out to maximize profits - along with Big Pharma that produces our medications:

Large corporations, many of them for-profit and publicly traded now dominate the financing and delivery of American medical care ... pharmaceutical companies have become huge marketing machines. They now are focused far more on their profitability than on their healing mission. Producing medicine that cures diseases instead of just treating symptoms has become a bad business model. Once a disease is cured the customer disappears and profits decline....

What you know could hurt you has become a reality in New Hampshire public education.

We are not kidding.

In what is now a law in the Granite State, through a veto override last week, parents can object to any part of a public school curriculum and have it replaced for their child. Perhaps born of a Tea Party nod to home schooling, it's really an attempt to turn public education into anarchy.

According to the Huffington Post:

Will Pat Buchanan finally get the boot at MSNBC?

It is way past time for the "progressive" channel to drop kick the "brown shirt" pundit into oblivion.

Although ThinkProgress has announced his departure, statements from MSNBC President Phil Griffin are more ambiguous.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Who will heal a sick nation?

America is a nation of so much promise, but we are stagnating - in large part - because of those who would freeze progress. Their goal is to deny that each generation builds upon itself, changes and moves forward. They are anti-evolution in a nation that has built itself on the energy of evolving through diversity. Every person in the United States, with the exception of Native Americans, is the descendant of an immigrant to this land.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

The GOP battle for the restoration of the white presidency continues.

Those Tea Partiers have been disappointed for so long. Heck, Bill Clinton was a regular, Southern "Bubba," but he turned out to be the first "black" president.

It must get frustrating for those Republican voters who confuse a Christian God and white skin color with the Constitution.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

You can't take Eric Cantor anywhere without his minder: his press secretary.

On "60 Minutes" recently, Cantor brazenly lied when confronted with the facts about Ronald Reagan raising taxes: the majority leader of the House kept on denying the historical record. Only the desperate off-camera interruption of Cantor's minder cut off Leslie Stahl's questions, since Cantor was caught defiantly prevaricating about the myth of the "Gipper."

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH FOR TRUTHOUT

Rick Santorum may or may not "surge" to "win, place or show" in the Iowa caucuses, but playing political poker, he's pulled out the race card.

More than 90 percent of Iowa residents are white, and even though Iowans are not rabid racists by relative standards, Santorum is going for the GOP voters who feel that their taxes are being taken from them and redistributed to minorities.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Robert Kane Pappas directed the prescient documentary "Orwell Rolls in His Grave." He knows a bit about corporate control of the media frame, and he's deeply concerned that the nationwide crackdown on the Occupy movement was an attempt to divert news coverage back to the status quo frames of the 1 percent.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

The Republican Party is conducting a war to keep college students from voting.

In GOP-controlled states, this war on college students is part of an orchestrated campaign to enact legislation that would limit a wide range of constitutionally entitled voting: from obstructing college student voter registration to making it harder for seniors, minorities - and anyone who is in a demographic group that tends to vote Democratic - to vote for the candidates of their choice.

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