Some variations of capitalism are wonderful in certain areas of the economy, but in others areas capitalism becomes poison for the nation and its citizens. In the latter it has turned to predatory capitalism. Predatory capitalism is where some corporation has gained a monopoly, and all corporation or businesses left unchecked inherently strive to gain a monopoly by various legal and illegal means.

First off corporations such as insurance companies have no business being in the healthcare field. Healthcare is not optional for human beings, like which brand of soap one should buy. It’s too easy to create a monopoly in this area. Moreover, Insurance companies add noting to the quality of a nation’s health. In fact insurance companies function more like a protection racket simply taking their cut for no good reason.

Corporate America works hard selling the public on the notion that the private sector is always much more efficient than some government agency. Then they back certain politicians to see to it that government systems are deliberately made unworkable, like Republicans refusing to strengthen Obama care on the flimsy excuse that they have a better plan. No they don’t. They have no plan, and they are paid by corporate interests to have no plan, and to kill any government plan that already exists.

If it were the case with government agencies being inferior to the private sector, then why are other country’s government healthcare systems so much less expensive and in many ways even superior to ours? Indeed why are millions of Americans hiking it over the boarder to Mexico for their healthcare?

It’s no secret in what areas capitalism works best and where it is a hinderance. It is up to the Democrats to inform the public and push for a system of capitalism that works for all the nation’s people. This of course means that honest politicians are going to have to raise campaign funds from other than big corporate donors. Yes, this all means some heavy lifting by the good guys, but it has got to be done.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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