Thom Hartmann posted this Walter Conkite quote:
“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.”
How did it get this way? Well if you’re looking for places to lay blame, go no further than the railroad companies, J.C. Bancroft Davis, and a careless (or corrupt) Supreme Court in the 1886 U.S. Supreme Court case Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company (118 U.S. 394) which dealt with the railroad’s refusal to pay taxes in California. But, although the court’s decision had nothing to do with granting corporations the same Constitutional rights as living breathing human beings, Mr. Davis- the court reporter in this case -titled the decision as awarding personhood to corporations. (He was a former Southern Pacific employee.) Subsequent cases relied on this phony precedent.
So now we have paper fictions (corporations) with free speech rights they were never intended to have, which allow them to buy the airwaves, the newspapers, the magazines, our members of Congress and , yes, even the Presidency. That is why even though the vast majority of Americans want Universal Health Care for all, our representatives keep refusing to implement it.