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reading about health care makes me sick (wah-wah)

August 21, 2009

From CNN:

“We have the best health care system in the world,” Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama told “Fox News Sunday.” “We need to expand it. We do not need to destroy it.”

Hm, that’s interesting. According to the World Health Organization, France has the best overall health care system in the world, excelling in 4 areas: (1) universal coverage, (2) responsive health care providers, (3) freedom of choice and (4) overall health and longevity of the population.

Another interesting fact from National Public Radio is that a study published last year in the U.S. journal Health Affairs found that in Spain [ranked 7th best in the world by the WHO], there are a third fewer deaths caused by delayed access to health care than in the United States [ranked 37th]. (Not only that, but Spain’s constitution guarantees the right to universal health care and requires the state to provide it. What a novel idea.)

I’m curious to know what criteria Sen. Shelby bases his expert opinion on.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I read in the Oregonian last week that the White House appears ready to “abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of a new government-run insurance program as part of an overhaul of the U.S. health care system.” Caving in yet again? WTF?

In addition, Xoxarle on freeratio.org points out that “the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that the reform bill … will only bring 16 million into the fold over the next 10 years, which is less than a third of those currently without coverage” for only 1 to 1.5 trillion dollars!

So, as Xoxarle puts it, our tax dollars will go to “preserving and expanding the current unsustainable for-profit model, and as a side benefit, will increase the deficit at the same time.” Great!

Honestly, the Democrats control the House, the Senate and the White House, what the hell are they waiting for? People probably think I’m crazy for voting for Nader, but I bet that he wouldn’t let things like name calling and death threats from right-wing extremists stop him from pushing single-payer health care with a vengeance.

He might be a bit of a nutter, but just reading about what’s going on with health care reform, it’s hard to argue with him when he says that “the whole liberal-progressive constituency is going nowhere.”

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