Friday, January 12, 2007

Healthcare In The USA - We Do It The Best! Right?


This Modern World has an excellent cartoon on the subject of healthcare, which is a personal crusade for me, due to a major health issue I had ten years ago. While I was going through my treatment for this illness the business I worked for was basically going bankrupt and in fact closed down during this time. So I had to do a couple of months of Cobra and pay a large amount of money that I really didn't have while being on disability and feeling like crap most of the time just so I could keep my insurance and not end up owing about $10,000.

We have no healthcare "system" in this country. It is a bunch of private insurance and drug companies and hospitals who are in the business of making money on your health. Nothing is integrated it is a chaotic half-assed thing. Of course, the rest of the world has no problems with national, single payer healthcare and they don't pay as much for it either. Plus, our health statistics are horrible compared to other industrialized, advanced countries.

As Warren Beatty put it so well in his brilliant film Bulworth:

Bullworth: Yeah, yeah / You can call it single-payer or Canadian way / Only socialized medicine will ever save the day! Come on now, lemme hear that dirty word - SOCIALISM!
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