Well, yes, David Sirota

David Sirota is a Guardian US columnist and Jacobin editor at large who served as Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign speechwriter.

He’s also the bloke who praised Chavez and Maduro as doing pretty well.

And it’s Mr. Sirota who tells us this:

Moreover, corporate health insurance has far higher administrative costs than single-payer programs like Medicare, and even the much-vaunted Affordable Care Act allows insurers to siphon up to 20% of customers’ premiums to corporate profits rather than actual medical care.

No, It allows up to 20% to go to corporate costs. Of, you know, running the company? 80% must be spent on actual medical care. And if someone who wants to tell us about the economy doesn’t know the difference between revenue and profit then we can ignore everything else he says, can’t we?

19 thoughts on “Well, yes, David Sirota”

  1. ‘Moreover, corporate health insurance has far higher administrative costs than single-payer programs like Medicare’

    Citation needed.

  2. So I now wonder if all the strange, communist muttering from Bernie is actually HIS ideas. Or does Sirota hand him stuff and say, “Read this.”

    Bernie the Sock Puppet?

  3. Private equity firms and fossil fuel companies get new tax breaks as they buy elections and try to lock in permanent climate change

    Imagine actually believing this tho. Probably top-hatted industrialists smoking big fat cigars and laughing uproariously as they beat street urchins with diamond-topped canes.

    “Soon, the climate will CHANGE!”, explained the moustache-twirling villain dressed as Snidely Whiplash, as he lit another tyre fire out of pure badness.

  4. “up to 20% of customers’ premiums to corporate profits”

    “up to” – so theoretically it could be 20% for profit, if only they can run the business for nothing. It will of course be less.

    That’ll be his get-out, and that’s what also makes me think he does understand this but is deliberately misrepresenting it.

  5. “they beat street urchins with diamond-topped canes.”

    My cane is only silver-topped and I haven’t smoked a cigar in decades.

    Shows I’m not qualified to be a [insert villain of the week].

  6. Dennis, Climate-Change Denying Fruitcake

    So I now wonder if all the strange, communist muttering from Bernie is actually HIS ideas.

    Of course it is. Bernie Sanders was a communist, leftist dictator sympathizer and anti-semite years before the best part of David Sirota ran down his mother’s leg. Sirota is simply his idiot bastard son, repeating the same old tired tropes in the same old tired progressive formula. What he takes care to disguise is the fact that the rise of Bernie Sanders had a whole lot to do with Democrats wanting to vote for anyone other than Hillary Clinton back in 2016. With Hillary out of the picture, he has retreated back to the fringes, as neither Sanders nor the progressive agenda has ever been a popular as Sirota contends.

  7. The level of discourse on healthcare is equally screwed up in the UK and USA. In the UK any criticism of the UK system is taken as a desire to get the USanian “system”. The USAnian system is simply insane, as John Cochrane writes

    a $100,000 bill, the hospital collects $13,000. They claim that they lost $87,000.
    This $87,000 loss maintains the fiction of their not-for-profit status, but it also provides the basis for a kickback the federal government sends to this hospital in the form of what’s called Disproportionate Share Hospital payments.

  8. I bet 80% actually spent on healthcare is a truckload bigger than the percentage of your average donation to national Lefty charities which is actually spent on charity, for example.

  9. None of my heavily vocal left wing (but i repeat myself) friends (now ex-friends) knew the difference. To the point that I was once even asked what the difference one. They want total command of the economy but have no idea about basic fundamental concepts…

  10. Does anyone know what proportion of UK healthfunding is actually directly spent on curing sick people? I’ve a sneaking suspicion that between the NHS & PHE etc, the US 80/20 ratio is likely reversed. But I’d imagine information like that is subject to the Official Secrets Act, if not something more draconian.

  11. BiS – chief execs for all the hospital trusts don’t exactly pay themselves…There are about 600 of them and they all get around £200k.

    In March 2019 there were 112,031 doctors, 311,380 qualified nursing staff (including midwives and health visitors) and 34,556 managers in the NHS out of a total workforce of 1,093,638 (all figures are full-time equivalent)

    https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/key-facts-figures-nhs

    Maybe 20% of the budget is real healthcare stuff. Some of those doctors and nurses are really admin people but even so, they are less than 50% of the workforce!

  12. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    They want total command of the economy but have no idea about basic fundamental concepts…

    As F. Hayek once observed, “If socialists understood economics, they wouldn’t be socialists.”

    Same goes for commies.

  13. Bloke in North Dorset

    I don’ know why but I’m always surprised that the American left hasn’t learned to play the right at their own game when it comes to free at the point pf delivery health care.

    Talk about the German system, which has come out of Covid quite well so far.

    Point out –

    that this will not only spare employers from having to provide health care but mainly allow management to get on with making money for shareholders without distractions.

    It will encourage more entrepreneurs as they won’t have to worry about staff health costs when setting up new businesses

    It will make it easier for people to move jobs as they won’t have to worry about health insurance, allowing companies access to a more flexible workforce, ensuring skills can be matched to jobs.

  14. Bloke in North Dorset

    PS I meant to add I know it’s not that simple because of the Feds Vs States rights issues, but it’s at least a start.

  15. “Of course it is. Bernie Sanders was a communist, leftist dictator sympathizer and anti-semite years before”

    I’m not ready to rule out that he is a senile sock puppet.

    Biden is just senile. Not competent to even read a script anymore.

  16. “David Sirota is a Guardian US columnist and Jacobin editor at large . . .”
    Can’t we crowdfund a cage for him?

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