I’ll have a post tomorrow about the Republican opposition to S-CHIP, a federally-funded health insurance program. While writing the post, a question occurred to me:
Why is private health insurance not called corporate health insurance?
Private health insurance connotes an image of a small mom-and-pop business which insures a few hundred people. Of course, even the smallest health insurance corporations are much larger than what would be considered a small business. All health insurance corporations are huge (although some are gargantuan).
Those of us who favor healthcare reform will find our task much easier, I think, if we remind people that private insurance means insured by corporations. Not only are many people distrustful of corporations, but the use of the word private also implies that a ‘government’ plan would be more inefficient, even though that would not be the case.
Liberals, progressives, and other members of the Coalition of the Sane need to start calling private insurance by its rightful name: corporate insurance.