We’re all fools…every last one of us.
Unless you are a politician that has made out like a bandit from insurance company donations to your individual “PAC” then you are a fool. There is unfortunately no other way to state it.
The American healthcare system did not deteriorate overnight and the Obamacare glitches are just the latest hit to a healthcare system that is run by insurance companies that earn a larger profit based on the more they charge and the less they cover.
Healthcare costs in American began to skyrocket in the early 1980s and have been going that way through numerous Republican and Democratic administrations. So you better think twice before you start blaming one side or the other for the healthcare mess we have in this country today.
Politicians have no need to drastically change our healthcare system. First off the majority of them receive large donations from insurance companies, and second, all Congressmen, Senators, etc. already receive medical coverage for life. These people are not fools – they don’t need to pay for healthcare coverage and they are literally being paid by insurance companies to keep the healthcare system as is. Heck, they are the only intelligent ones amongst all of us.
It is us who are the fools; every last one of us who has voted for a Republican, Democratic or Independent politician since the early 1980s and then complained about our healthcare system is a fool.
Every last one of us that has actually listened to the absurd rhetoric on how the American healthcare system is the best in the world is a fool.
And every last one of us that has not been absolutely demanding drastic changes to our healthcare system is a fool.
The numbers don’t lie.
America is the only developed nation on earth that does not have either a socialized or single payer healthcare system, which would be fine if our alternative system was producing results such as excellent levels of care at a decent cost…but that is certainly not the case.
America currently ranks 37th in the worldin level of care (well below virtually every other developed nation with single payer system), has an estimated 45,000 citizens dying each and every year from preventable illnesses due to a lack of coverage/care, all while paying twice as much per person than the next highest spending nation on earth.
These stats are nothing short of astonishing and we are all fools for having put up with it for more than three decades.
Politicians will tell you that we have the best healthcare system in the world, and that any single payer system would infringe on our rights and hurt our healthcare system – a position that anyone who has ever left the country or who does even 10 minutes worth in internet research can blow completely out of the water based on the cold hard facts that every single developed nation with a single payer system pays less for better quality healthcarethan we receive in America.
Politicians will tell you that we can’t afford a socialized or single payer system…huh? We are by far the richest nation on earth but cannot afford healthcare for our citizens while every other developed nation on the planet can…what do you think we are, a bunch of fools…oh yeah, that’s right…
Politicians will tell you that this type of single payer healthcare system will lead us to being the next Greece. What they won’t tell you is that Greece was always a financial mess and they will conveniently leave out the fact that countries such as Norway, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, etc. etc. all have single payer systems, are all ranked higher than America in terms of level of care, all pay less for their healthcare and all have very strong economies…but we are…yup, you got it, a bunch of fools that lap up the cool-aid our politicians throw at us.
Right now in America we look back at things like slavery and segregation and think, “how could that possibly happen in America, what a bunch of fools we were”
30 years from now there is absolutely no question that we will all be looking back at the period of time between 1980 and 2013 and will be saying “how in the world did we have a healthcare system run by for-profit insurance companies that benefit off covering less of our care…what a bunch of fools we were.”
Obamacare is not the answer, nor has anything that has been done to our healthcare system over the past 30 years.
The American healthcare system is the equivalent of paying $250K for a clunker of a car that breaks down every few miles, while your neighbors have all purchased brand new SUVs for $35Kthat run far better than you clunker of a car – in that scenario who is the fool…yup, you got it, we are.
Until the American people actually educate themselves about our healthcare system and how our system compares to every other developed nation in the world, we will remain a bunch of blind fools that keep on drinking up the politicians’ cool-aid and keep on voting in the insurance company employees, ahem, sorry, the politicians that have stuck us with this insane healthcare system for the past 30 years.
At the end of the day, who is the fool…the people that come up with an insane idea because they know that they will make a boatload of money off of it, or the millions that blindly follow along with that insane idea?
Aaaand, that is why every last one of you reading this article, myself included, is a fool.
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