Thursday, October 29, 2009

Those damn rich people...

Those damn rich people were in town today, giving a round of cheers to Bay State Medical Center for hiring a union-busting law firm and to Health New England for  its membership in America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the lobbying group trying to turn health care reform into a government subsidy for their profits. 

Carrying signs reading "Whatever happened to an apple a day?" and "Let them eat Advil," the Billionaires for Wealthfare went to offer their support at HNE's offices at One Monarch Place, Springfield.  That support was not appreciated, however. 

The billionaires describe themselves as " a grassroots network of health insurance CEOs, HMO lobbyists, talk-show hosts, and others profiting off of our broken health care system. We'll do whatever it takes to ensure another decade where your pain is our gain. After all, when it comes to health insurance, if we ain't broke, why fix it?"

Somehow the word got out about the billionaires' rally and counter-demonstrators  also turned up, urging passerbys  to call Congressman Richard Neal and urge him to honor  his April  24, 2006 promise to vote for Single Payer should it ever come to the floor of the House.  Well, the it has, and the time is now!

Go to or, or send a free eFax to Neal at

Seriously, can we please get health care reform finished in this country so we can get on to other issues?

1 comment:

D.O. said...

Stop corporate greed?? What about economic development ideas like this:

Mining operation proposed for Mt. Tom State Reservation

A proposal to remove the top few hundred feet of Mt. Tom in Mt. Tom State Reservation in Holyoke, MA was made public today by the Enviro Show, LLC. Mr. Glen Ayers, spokesperson for the company stated: "We are not sure exactly what important geologic materials are buried deep inside of Mt. Tom, but it could be something that is needed somewhere in the world, and who ever needs it should not be concerned about the impacts that blowing off the top of this mountain will have on our local environment."

The proposed operation would remove the top part of the mountain with explosives to get at the deeper, economically important geologic
materials. Ayers said the Old Growth Forest and the excess overburden from the blasting could be bull-dozed and dumped into the Whiting Street Reservoir which is conveniently located down hill, providing plenty of capacity for spoil materials and any associated toxic wastes that the mining will generate. The project is seen as a boon to economic
development in the region.

Ayers noted that "Immediately next to the Mt. Tom State Reservation is the Mt. Tom Power Plant on the banks of the Connecticut River, which gets its coal from mountain top removal operations in Central Appalachia, burning 1,200 tons every day to generate CO2 and 146 Megawatts of much needed electricity. That coal is delivered by 80-car long trains, directly from the mines in places like Rawl, West Virginia". Ayers says that mountain top removal has become an accepted practice and that it will benefit the community through the creation of jobs and eventual recreation
opportunities on the leveled area.

"This represents a good business opportunity", says Ayers. "We are looking for smart investors, and expect the State of Massachusetts and the Patrick Administration to fully support this important effort to improve the economy of the Pioneer Valley. Public lands are special places that should be used to benefit society, industry, and the local economy. Such uses have a long and proud history in the Valley."

The Enviro Show, LLC, plans for this site include creating a large flat treeless expanse that will better support future development
opportunities. Some ideas that may be pursued on the reclaimed site are community or private football and athletic fields, golf courses,
cross-country skiing, community gardens, parkland and open space, and solar panel arrays, making this proposal a truly "green" opportunity. Its win-win-win for everyone!


For more information contact Glen Ayers at The Enviro Show, LLC