Those opposed to health care reform have two basic argument to do nothing (or very little) in changing the status quo.
The argument is that because of our capitalistic system have created the best medicine and the best delivery systems.
2. Changing Health Care systems will COST us more money.
This argument is meant to generate fear. If we “socialize” or significantly reform our health care they claim it will cost more, and also give us less.
A few Sundays back the Minneapolis Star Tribune published a story “America’s Health Care Conundrum” This story challenged the arguments of those opposed to health care reform.
Go ahead and look at the chart on the link above! The most amazing fact to me is that the USA out-spends (by more than $2500 per person to the next most expensive country) and yet our life expectancy is is lower than Korea and just ahead of the Czech Republic. The second most amazing fact n the chart is that in the USA the average person sees a doctor 3 or fewer times a year. (we are tied with Mexico) The number of doctor visits in most “developed” countries averages between 4-7 visits a year.
We do more MRI’s than all countries except Japan, have the most obese adult population, and have the highest expenses on drugs.
Our infant mortality rate of 6.7 is higher than our peer nations and remember, our life expectancy is only 3 – 5 years more than Turkey, Mexico and Poland.
It is an illusion, a lie, that we have the best health care for the best value.
I don’t know everything in the new health care bill. I know it is not perfect.
But I do know that as long as politicians are more concerned that the richest Americans might not be able to choose their favorite doctor, or their preferred procedure on the day they choose – while they ignore the fact that the vast majority of American canNOT chose ANY doctor on ANY day (because they can’t afford it) – we will be enslaved to a system that costs MORE and delivers LESS. (unless you are an investor with the present health-care system… 🙂 )
The present system is not just ineffective – from first hand experience I’ve observed that it is also immoral.
BTW – I’d love to help Rush Limbaugh learn Spanish when he moves to Costa Rica…. (I think he chose CR since they already have Universal Health Care, and relaxed drug laws) lol 🙂 ¿como se dice loco?
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