The Greatest Healthcare System in the World

7 December, 2009

©Pirate Joe


    The greatest healthcare system in the world. That’s how I heard a right-wing demagogue describe our (USA) healthcare system tonight as I was driving home. No kidding. That’s what he said.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. One needs to take a few moments to let it all sink in.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. Yes, of course. The system that updates Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” into “survival of the wealthiest”. The system that turns folks out to the streets if they have no money. The system that collects premiums for years and/or decades only to deny care when you’re flat on your back and millimeters from death.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. You know, the one that provides huge salaries, bonuses and all other accoutrements of the high life to the 70-meter ocean-going yacht C.E.O. set, while you get cut off.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. Enriching the lives of greedy corporate pigs who have no compunction about regarding our suffering from disease or injury as a viable profit stream.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. If so, why does not the rest of the civilised world do it this way?
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. Proponents of which tell you that it’s “socialism” when you “pay for other people’s health care” as in single-payer or true public option, while never mentioning (that) that’s exactly what you do with private insurance. Surprised? Don’t believe me? Well, do you think that they make money on clients who get sick? Do the math: Let’s say you have paid a $700/month medical insurance premium for 40 years. That’s $8,400/yr or $336,000 in 40 years. When a one month stay in the hospital for pneumonia can cost $1,000,000 (!) you can easily see that the insurance companies lose money on cases such as that, ergo, those that are healthy pay for those who are not. Just as in socialised medicine.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. Let’s see now: in socialised medicine, those who are healthy provide the pool of money to pay for those who are sick. In private for-profit insurance, those who are healthy provide the pool of money to pay for those who are sick. Hey, wait a minute, what’s the difference then?
    That’s easy: In private for-profit insurance, those who are healthy provide the pool of money to pay for those who are sick, profits and huge C.E.O. salaries and bonuses. In socialised medical systems, the healthy just pay for the sick. You figure it out.
    The greatest healthcare system in the world. Yeah, right.
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