Assigned Reading: GE a Corporate Sponsor
(FROM: The Washington Times)
As the health care debate moves to the forefront, I think it’s important that we know exactly who the main players are. This piece, written in part by conservative talk radio host Andrew Wilkow, does an excellent job in showing exactly what’s happening behind the scenes, and who is pulling the strings.
General Electric, who stands to benefit from President Barack Obama’s alternative energy/”green” policy, also seems ready to benefit from the implementation of Obama’s nationalized health care plans. Of course, GE owns Obama administration spokesmouths MSNBC and NBC News, and will not hesitate to promote the administration’s plans. Furthermore, GE honcho Jeff Immelt has also tapped a familiar name for the board of Healthymagination, which Wilkow describes as “an initiative launched by General Electric in partnership along with Intel, which will invest $6 billion over the next six years on “health care innovation that will help deliver better care to more people at lower cost.”
In other words, health care rationing.
Oh — and that familiar name? Tom Daschle, whose take on health care focuses on prioritizing care with a focus on costs and life expectancy rather than actual patient care.
So, what does all of this mean? Wilkow does a good job of bringing it all together:
The profitability of GE’s new venture will depend heavily on the nationalization of the health care industry. The standardization and streamlining of health care recordkeeping, something on which Mr. Obama ran in 2008, would require a massive government contract for the technology to achieve such standardization.
Mr. Obama has introduced a plan to computerize all health records within five years. Independent studies from Harvard, Rand Corp. and the Commonwealth Fund have estimated that such a plan could cost at least $75 billion to $100 billion over the next 10 years. Healthymagination is readying just such a technology, claiming that they will seek to “increase the use and capability of electronic medical record (EMR) technology and other information technology.” With Mr. Obama’s ally Mr. Daschle on board, Healthymagination is sure to have more than a leg up on its competition when it comes time to dole out these massive contracts.
Under the cloak of corporate responsibility, General Electric seeks to benefit to the tune of billions from the passage of Mr. Obama’s health care reform. On its corporate Web site, Healthymagination admits it will use every tool at its disposal to achieve its goals, including NBC Universal, the parent company of MSNBC which offers nearly uncritical coverage of Mr. Obama and his policies.
In effect, NBC Universal would become the propaganda arm of the administrations drive for the nationalization of health care, pushing its passage in its print and television properties.
Healthymagination states its target dates for the completion of its various initiatives as 2015, well into a second Obama term. This means GE will have a deep financial interest in Mr. Obama’s re-election; a fact that will no doubt be reflected in its media divisions. It will certainly be interesting to see if the left-wing watchdogs howl, or if they will conclude this is an acceptable level of collusion between the White House and a multinational conglomerate.
What amazes me is that liberals everywhere shouted to the rooftops about Dick Cheney’s Halliburton history and George W. Bush’s ties to the oil industry, simultaneously decrying big business and claiming that the two were somehow profiting off of America’s addiction to oil, not to mention the Iraq War, yet we will likely not hear a peep from the same liberals on this issue, where the health care system for 300-plus million Americans is to be remade to benefit General Electric, Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, and the entire political left.