The Death Panels

A medical doctor admits what anyone who has bothered to pay attention to anything already knows: Lack of universal health care is a mass killer.

“In my 20 years of practice as a family physician, I have encountered dozens of cases where the main contributing factor to a person’s death was the lack of health insurance for most of their lives.”

A recent academic study showed that about 45,000 people die in the USA every year due to lack of health care. These are deaths that simply DO NOT HAPPEN in other first world countries. This may be part of why most general practitioners are FOR universal healthcare even as the AMA vehemently opposes it.

What are the arguements against universal healthcare? “The government can’t do anything right” …even though Medicare, which is government-run healthcare is twice as efficient as the best of private insurance, delivering the best healthcare at the lowest cost. “You’ll have to wait to see your doctor” …like you don’t wait now! Sure, okay, there will be more people who can see a doctor if we have universal healthcare. God forbid you should have to wait an extra day to see your doc about that hangnail. 45,000 dead people every year is a small price to pay! “There will be death panels” … No, but there ARE DEATH PANELS RIGHT NOW; they are called insurance company bureacrats (why, btw, brag about killing people to boost profits).

Basically, my bottom line is this: If you don’t care about all those people who are dying RIGHT now, EVERY fuckng day because we in America put private profits above human life, then go fuck yourself. I don’t want to hear your bullshit.

The real “DEATH PANELS” are those who – in the name of ‘profits uber alles’ – are willing to let people die and turn a blind eye to it. They are paid off by insurance companies and they don’t give a crap about you. Oh, and this applies to radio talk show hosts, too.

2 Comments »

  • Wayne says:

    How to fix healthcare is real simple–ban healthcare!

    If we only had universal health care for major medical (hospitalization), and completely outlawed all other forms of healthcare (other than those in need on welfare), the system would fix itself.

    Doctors would need to lower prices to remain competitive, drug companies would have to lower prices so that those that need the drugs would be able to buy them–which also means not pumping billions of dollars into R&D for drugs that don’t do a majority of the population anything as most don’t work in that many people.

    For those that cry “then there wouldn’t be enough money spent in the system to keep technology moving forward while prices remain low” I say fucking bullshit–look at LASIK surgery. LASIK has not been covered by insurance, yet the technology continues to improve, and the prices continue to drop.

    Bottom line, this is the only system that has a chance to work. In addition to lower prices, people will once again be allowed to make their own decisions about their healthcare.

  • Karen S says:

    Hey Cranky, I wish people would be more aware of why healthcare is not a free market . The other “artificiality” of healthcare on the supply side is the monopolies granted by the government to pharmaceuticals in the form of patent protection. While I hear this excuse of how it promotes research and development (yea, like how we got Cialis after Viagra was invented) I think there may be better ways to do it. Thanks.

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