In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.” ~ US President Dwight D Eisenhower, January 17th 1961.
The internet is abuzz with comment on the closure of the US government. Much of the feedback relates to the immaturity of those responsible: “Stop playing childish games”; “Grow up and get back to work”; “Wise up and sort out your differences”, are just a few of the public reactions encapsulated by the US media, for once not too removed from public opinion.
Unfortunately, the public are wrong. The events leading up to this week’s government closure have nothing to do with childish bickering between parties. Put simply, the issue is a war between government and corporate America.
Those members of what is colloquially known as the Tea Party, are basically corporate infiltrators into government, working (often unwittingly) to bring down the system on behalf of their corporate masters. It’s common knowledge that the Koch brothers gave birth to the Tea Party and that funding comes primarily from health professionals, the real estate industry, and oil and gas.
Obamacare, while not of itself a major threat to corporate America, is a step in the wrong direction for those who would see corporate government control as the future for this country – if not the world.
In its present form, the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ will probably benefit the health industry, but the fear for corporate capitalists is that it will prove a mere rung on the ladder towards a more social welfare form of health service, and that’s definitely not the way Messrs Koch and associates view the future. After all, they’re working hard behind the scenes to cripple social healthcare services in other countries – particularly Britain, where the right-wing Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt, has stated publicly that he favors “…the American system of healthcare.”
Already, the British Health Service is in disarray; deliberately starved of funding by the government, reduced to skeleton staffing levels, publicly maligned by the right-wing press in an effort to poison public opinion, while a sudden influx of advertising extols the benefits of private healthcare on British TV screens in a manner never before seen on UK television.
It’s hardly surprising that most of the private health companies now available in Britain are American infiltrators.
This quote, from Pinnacle Care, LLC, a Baltimore company that calls itself a ‘patient advocate service’, with a foothold not only in the US, but also Canada and Britain:
..a growing demand by patients for quality management of health care, more information and personalized attention, and a true partnership with health care providers has sparked explosive growth in the field of patient advocate services not just in the United States, but in Canada and the U.K. as well.”
It comes as no surprise then that Jeremy Hunt has recently released the UK’s ‘Care Quality Commission’ from parliamentary control. The CQC was a government body responsible for vetting all aspects of health service care, and Hunt’s announcement is surely a first step towards privatizing the commission.
Accompanying Hunt’s announcement, Leader Cameron dropped a bombshell on GPs (family doctors) by informing his party conference this week that doctor’s surgeries will soon open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Dr Chaand Nagpaul of the British Medical Association responded that:
“These additional hours amount to around a 58% increase on current levels and we really don’t have the GPs to meet current demands, let alone an additional 58% increase in hours.”
No doubt Mr Cameron will be happy to call in the US private sector to assist.
Most Tea Party politicians are likely blissfully unaware of their enslavement to corporate America – as, indeed, are their supporters, happily brainwashed twenty-four hours a day by media advertising, perverted news programs, dip-stick radio-jocks, and the well-paid boot-lickers of Rupert Murdoch on his Fox News TV cable channel.
It begs the question as to why the less depraved members of the US Republican party, otherwise known as the majority – don’t simply vote the Tea Party out of the picture?
The only obvious answer is that they, too, find it advantageous to bow the knee to their corporate masters. After all, they’re not fools, and they’re certainly not children. Their power, as well as that of the Tea Party, is dependent on those who financially support them.
And that most certainly is not the voting public.
 “PM wants longer GP hours” ITV, October 1st 2013