The Corrupt and Crooked Industry Americans Really Need to Start Rebelling Against

insurance-industryIn this country you don’t have to venture far to find a debate over what is or isn’t corrupt or what we should or shouldn’t be outraged over. We have pro-choice vs. pro-life; anti-gun vs. pro-gun; pro-gay marriage vs. “traditional” marriage – the list goes on and on. And since the rise of the Internet, the blogosphere and social media, there’s never any shortage of someone, somewhere telling you just how “furious” you should be about something.

Heck, once upon a time conspiracy nuts were tucked away in some dark basement peddling their nonsense on public access or printed handouts. Now they have YouTube channels, podcasts and some have even become millionaires.

It’s not a coincidence that the more the Internet and social media expands into our lives, and the more access we have to information, the more people seem to believe the world is falling apart. Even if that’s not really true.

And anyone who follows me knows I’m not an “alarmist” by any means. If anything, I’ve made it clear that I strongly oppose those who act irrational and with blind knee-jerk emotion.

That being said, I think it’s time Americans start getting outraged over one of the most corrupt industries we have in this country: The insurance industry.

And I don’t even care which sector. Health, auto, home, renters – they’re all mostly corrupt.

These companies are nothing but salesmen and borderline con men.

Their primary goal isn’t to provide a service, it’s to sell their products with the intent of trying to find any possible way to not pay out on any of them whenever their customers need them.

I remember an interview I had with an insurance company a few years ago. The guy conducting this interview flat-out told me that my goal if I were to get hired would be to find ways not to pay out on claims. And recently when I talked to a couple of friends who’ve worked in the insurance industry, they told me that promotions were often based on who saved the company the most money – in other words, who found ways to pay out on the least amount of claims.

Think about that for a second. The individuals who found the “best” ways to not provide the service their company had promised their customers they would have at some of the lowest moments in their lives, are the ones who are promoted the most often.

And when it comes to health insurance, it’s even worse. Often someone is in dire need of some kind of procedure that can either drastically improve their quality of life, or simply save their life, and they’re dependent upon an insurance company that’s either desperately trying to cover as little as possible or nothing at all. Meaning that often people have to choose to either suffer, die or go into incredible debt.

It’s utterly ridiculous.

These companies view human lives as expenses they’re desperately trying not to incur, so that their big shot executives can take home huge salaries.

In my opinion, it’s an absolute embarrassment that as a society we have a system set up so that when people are at some of the most vulnerable moments of their lives, they’re essentially at the mercy of a company that promised them everything would be okay during those times – but in reality is doing everything it can to screw them over as much as the law legally will allow them to.

This industry isn’t based upon how much good they can do by helping people, but how much profit can be made at the expense of those who have no choice but to rely on them for help when they need it most. Far too many lives are at the mercy of a corrupt industry that is doing everything it can to break every promise it told its consumers.

And I think it’s time more Americans start getting outraged and pissed off at this industry. For too long, we’ve sat by and let these corrupt bastards get away with screwing over the American people any chance they get.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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