Shorter Joe Conason
The Republicans are poopy-heads when it comes to health care.
Seriously, in reading this…this…thing by Conason on health care I have to wonder, exactly has he been lost in space?
This corporate model is more expensive and less efficient than the government plans that provide care in every other industrialized nation.
And most Americans may have learned by now that such systems prevail in Western countries that aren’t normally categorized as “socialist,” including the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All these nations manage to provide their citizens with high living standards, industrial and technological innovation, and broad political and economic freedom, even after 50 years of national health insurance in some form.
Aside from the fact that places like France are talking about implementing more market based reforms in health care, and in England the NHS is hemorrhaging cash at such a rate that they are implementing mandatory waiting times. And lets not mention that implementing waiting times is a spiffy way to move costs of the accountants ledger. After all, a person who has to wait 16 weeks for treatment and suffer a lowered standard of living for that 16 weeks is indeed an actual cost for society…just not one that is directly measured in terms of government budgets or expenditures.
About the only thing he is right about is that health care is broken, but this is true in France, England, Canada, etc. Health care expenditures are rising rapidly just about everywhere one looks. Every country has a health care problem, and that problem is that expenditures are rising faster than growth in GDP.