Dick Armey, the former Republican Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, is now Chairman of an organization called Freedom Works. This group uses large industry donations to fund "Tea Party" and Anti-Health Care Reform rallies around the country, such as the 9/12 march in Washington DC last week.
Bill Moyers explains how Armey and Freedom Works use deliberate lies and disinformation to manipulate the fears and passions of ordinary Americans. Their aim is to accumulate power and wealth for themselves and pursue a political agenda that, if successful, would deny reliable health care coverage for all Americans.
Meanwhile, health insurance companies are busy refusing payment to those who already have health care coverage. Why? Because individuals have what has come to be known as "pre-existing conditions". And just what are "pre-existing conditions"? The list is long but pregnancy, an intention to adopt children, acne, hemorrhoids, bunions, chronic tonsillitis, and varicose veins are among them.
Profit and health care are contradictory notions. It seems as though in the "war of ideas" corporate profit is struggling mightily to defeat health care. Let's hope justice prevails for the American people.