Billionaires for Wealth Care have created this rousing anthem to satirically support our nation’s for-profit health care industries. The group was counter-protesting at last week’s teabagger anti-health care reform 9/12 rally in Washington D.C. (which was funded by major health insurance corporations). The Billionaires were dressed in top hats, tuxedos and evening gowns, and carried placards like: “Fight Socialism—End Medicare Now!” and “Let Them Eat Advil!”.

According to the Billionaires’ website they are:

A grassroots network of health insurance CEOs, HMO lobbyists, talk-show hosts, and others profiting off of our broken health care system. We are not a political, religious or even particularly well-organized group. We’re simple folk, thrilled profiteers pouring out of our corner offices to dance on the grave of “Change.” We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure another decade where your pain is our gain. After all, when it comes to health care, if we ain’t broke, why fix it?

 

Have the Billionaires Evolved?

I first saw this witty video last night on the Rachel Maddow Show. The satire cleverly skewers our nation’s inhumane and ineffective for-profit health care system. I wonder if the Billionaires for Wealth Care group has evolved from the Billionaires for Bush group that I marched with during the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles? They definitely had the same outfits and plutocratic perspective.

Billionaires for BushBillionaires for Bush protesting at the 2000 Democratic Convention in LA.
Kill the PoorBillionaires for Bush protesting at the 2000 Democratic Convention.

Here are the lyrics to the Billionaires for Wealth Care anthem, which is sung to the tune of the abolitionist song the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”:

Battle Hymn of the Health Insurance Companies

(AKA Let’s Save the Status Quo)

Rejoice and let us glory in the profits we attain
By rationing the remedies for suffering and pain.
And no one’s gonna mess with all our monetary gain.
Let’s save the status quo!

Chorus:

If our health care corporation
Never faces regulation,
We’ll be brimming with elation!
Let’s save the status quo!

We bought a bunch of senators and congresspeople too.
They serve our corporate interests and we tell them what to do.
This gravy train will stop the day a health care bill gets through.
Let’s save the status quo!

Chorus:

If our health care corporation…

Our PR team is crackerjack. Were framing the debate!
Were spreading lots of lies and were unleashing lots of hate.
Well drive a stake into the bill the day it leaves the gate.
Let’s save the status quo!

Chorus:

If our health care corporation…

A decent public option is an option we wont bear.
And Medicare for Everyone would kill our market share.
Well never win the game if all the rules are just and fair.
Let’s save the status quo!

Chorus:

If our health care corporation…

In every other wealthy nation health care is a right.
But not here in America, no not without a fight!
Were fighting for the right to monstrous profits day and night.
Let’s save the status quo!

Lyrics by Felonius Ax
TheBillionaires.org

The LAPD at the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los AngelesThe LAPD at the 2000 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles.