Case Study: The Health Insurance Industry

The original intent of the 2010 Health Care Bill was to provide a great benefit (reasonable priced, high quality health care) to the majority of Americans.  However, the final Bill failed to provide the intended benefit.

What happened?

Working on behalf of the health insurance industry, certain members of Congress gutted the health care legislation and transformed it into a gift for that industry.  The provisions that would have provided the greatest benefit to the greatest number of Americans were removed.  The legislation was transformed into a gift for the health insurance industry.

How is the health care legislation a gift to the insurance industry?

Every American will be required to buy insurance from a small group of health insurance companies.

What can one call that situation other than a gift to the health insurance industry?

I wish I could convince the United States Congress to mandate that every American must purchase a widget from me or members of my family every year in perpetuum.  My widgets would be exorbitant in price and inferior in quality.  Talk about an amazing deal!

The quality of health care is going to remain steady or erode.  The price for health care is going to rise tremendously.  These are the fruits that the health insurance industry’s hegemony over health care will bring.

Americans are going to receive the health care “widgets” that most of them deserve because they were too lazy, too stupid, or too gullible, to investigate the health care legislation themselves.

The most amazing thing about the con that the insurance companies performed upon America is that they and their minions managed to convince most Americans of the socialistic nature of the health care legislation that was passed.  The health insurance industry instructed their “boys” on the Republican ticket to “run against socialism”.  The Republicans, with the help of the media, won… of course.

The Republicans will, I assure you, “run into too much obstruction” from the Democrats to repeal the legislation.  Of course, the maintenance of the status quo, with the insurance industry receiving the gift of assured sales each year, is the exact state of affairs that the health insurance companies want.

The future of American health care is not going to change.  The health insurance industry has won the game.

Please voice your opinion.

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CT102: Structuring and Designing a Proper Plot

As I mentioned in the previous post, a good conspiracy theory requires delineations of both the motivation of the conspirators and the internal logic of how the plan would proceed.

That motivation, which would inspire most conspirators in their efforts, is the love of money coupled with the love of power.   The Holy Bible states: “The love of money is the root of all evil”.  Lord Acton wrote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

But what can be said about the internal logic of a good conspiracy theory?

Many persons who imagine conspiracy theories have good basic ideas but they fail to outline the internal logic that would allow that design to be brought into reality.  Those who do include structural logic in their ideas often fail to give their ideas a proper analysis.  Proper analysis is necessary in order to determine weak portions of the logic.

One must theorize first, but then one must objectively analyze the theory that one has created.  Then one must reconstruct the theory taking into accounts the weaknesses that were discovered in the analysis.  Then one analyzes the new theory for weaknesses.  The process must be iterated until one has a theory that appears to have no weaknesses.

A good conspiracy theory begins with the delineation of a goal.  The goal can be an end in itself or it can be the completion of a step in a greater overall strategy.

The goal may be control over a certain public asset.  Gaining the authorization to drill for oil on public lands for private profit would be an example of this.

The goal may be control over a certain public policy issue.  Health insurance companies gained control over the national health care debate in the United States.  This was a tremendous example of setting and achieving the goal of control over a national public policy issue.

The health insurance industry, working through its members in Congress, gutted the health care legislation and transformed it into a gift for itself.  For a more detailed explanation of this, please see the separate post entitled “Case Study: The Health Insurance Industry”.

After the goal is defined, one must determine a set of steps that will move the desired item from its current state to the desired “goal” state.  Each step follows logically from the preceding step and logically leads to the following step.

If one wants to pass a law that the public will not accept, then one must create a circumstance that elicits a certain reaction (asking for the passage of that law) from the public.  If one wants to receive a certain reaction from the public, then one must introduce a stimulus to the public that will cause the desired reaction.  One works backward then to determine the step that will cause the stimulus to occur.  Then one works backward through steps until one has a plan to move the public agenda from the current state to the desired state.

You may recognize this strategy as being part of the Hegelian dialectic.  The dialectical manner of reasoning is part of all good conspiracy theories.

Please leave your comments below and elsewhere.

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The Modern Conspiracy Theorist

Conspiracy Theory 101

I do not know about you, but I love a good conspiracy theory.  The more far-fetched the theory, the better I love it.  Although a given theory may seem ridiculous on its surface, a truly good conspiracy theory will have a raison d’être and will also have its own internal logic.

The Motivation of Conspirators

The raison d’être of most conspiracy theories is the understanding of the nature of the twin loves of money and of power.  Indeed, these two loves are the motivations for most crime.

Why do some men sell illicit drugs?  It is due to the money that selling these drugs will bring into his possession and to the power that accrues to him over other human beings from both the drugs and the money.

Why do other men risk “insider” trading on Wall Street?  The answer is the same.

Why do some men batter other men at bars or their children and spouses at home?  Usually, it is because they feel powerless in their lives (and because they are worthless human beings).

Why do some men perform incredible acts to gain high elected office?  Typically, the answer is that the election to office will allow them to wield power over their fellow men.

The power of the loves of money and power over the hearts and minds of men are as old as man himself.  The fascination that men and women have with gold is nothing but another example of the power of the love of money.  Gold is the most enduring currency known to men; and man’s love for gold is just as enduring as the precious metal itself.

When one realizes the power of the twin loves, one cannot deny that some men will do anything of which they can conceive, in order to attain more money and greater power.  Most men require a reasonable belief that they can “get away with it” in order to pursue a given course of action.  But other men require no such belief.  These men will attempt anything, and risk everything, in order to gain more money and greater power.

Logic is not Limited to Good Men

Is there any reason to believe that a thought or a plot conceived by a good man would not, almost certainly, also be conceived by a not good man?  Furthermore, is it not just as likely that such a plot would be conceived by someone with both the personal nature and the worldly means to bring that plot to fruition?

If one does not believe the basic truth of this line of reasoning, is he not being conceited in his belief that he is so intelligent that he can conceive a plot that could not be conceived just as readily by someone else?  I am not such a conceited man.  I believe that any theory of which I may conceive, may be conceived by anyone who is attempting to do so.

The Only Question

In the final analysis, one has to arrive at the belief that almost any plot that anyone can conceive, has been conceived by someone with the means and nature to attempt that plot.

Given this understanding, the only question remaining is: was the plot successful?

Of the success of the plots, you must be the judge.  To this role, I implore you both here in my blog and in the forums.

In our forums, I request that you also play the role of author.  Please author your own theories. Make those theories as outlandish and over-arching as you please.  I am curious to see whether anyone can out-conspiracy theory me, in terms of marrying outlandish conjecture with impeccable internal logic.

With these things having been said, let’s get crack(pott)ing…

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