Sunday, August 9, 2009

"We're number 37! We're number37! We're number 37!"

Let me see if I understand this correctly.
  1. The USA has the 37th best level of health care in the world
  2. The USA has the most expensive health care in the world
  3. The number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the USA is medical bills.
So, The US has pays the most for nearly the worst and should a citizen get truly sick they will likely lose everything they, and perhaps their ancestors, have worked for.

That is the status quo.

Currently, if someone needs medical attention any action must first be approved by an employee of a for profit insurance company. This is scary: a company that profits from denying you treatment is in charge of deciding if you qualify for treatment.

The average bureaucratic cost of government health insurance (Western nations) is 4%. The bureaucratic cost of the current American system is 30%.

This is the kicker. An astounding number of very vocal Americans are demanding the status quo.

I always thought that Americans were, and were proud of, being number one. Not number 37.

Repeat after me, "We're number 37! We're number37! We're number 37!"

Why this is an issue is beyond me.

Okay, I hear the opposition saying they don't want some disinterested government employee standing between them and their doctor. Well, let us take this at its face value. I ask you, which would you rather have deciding whether or not you get an operation: a disinterested government employee or an employee of an insurance company which profits from your not having the operation.

Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. Let me repeat the three points I laid out at the top:
  1. The USA has the 37th best level of health care in the world
  2. The USA has the most expensive health care in the world
  3. The number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the USA is medical bills.
Now, make your case for the status quo.

2 comments:

Mark O said...

Who's arguing for the status quo? Nobody. However, I would gladly take the status quo over what the Democrats are offering, since it will only further entrench a broken health care system.

anthony st. john said...

Next year the world's population will reach 7,000,000,000!

ASJ