Vilify the health insurance parasites
Connectivity issues are preventing me from posting my notes from the Healthcare-NOW! conference call. But one thing that sticks in my mind was the call to truly vilify the health insurace parasites.
In order to dump the private insurace model people are going to have to think of AHIP they way they think of Jim Crow. There has to be true moral disgust. Fortunately AHIP is willing to cooperate in this effort.
So, once again, I am asking my fellow posters to adopt a parasite. Set up your Google News Alert and have at it. Whether you post here or at another blog matters not. The point is to trash their search results. Search results are something that companies carefully track. There are whole PR agencies that specialize in social media. There is very expensive software that tracks your online reputation six ways to Sunday. Can a tiny blog with readers in the low single digits make a difference? You betcha. Trashing their online reputation is a way to get inside their head. The big mistakes in politics are made by those who let themselves lose their focus. Online flaming, so long as it is documented, can play a big role in this. gob has done some terrific work along these lines.
I also encourage posters to post about regulatory actions taken against parasites. It is very important that the American people understand that these are truly lawless corporations that kill and maime people for profit. This is also a way to rattle the parasites' cage and throw them off their game to mix metaphors.
This is the kind of thing blogs are well suited to. Nor should anyone underestimate the value of such work. If it did not matter PR firms could not bill four figures by the hour to track it.