…corporate health insurance, and health care for all…

The world’s greatest democracy and bastion of pure capitalism shows the world how it’s really, really done.

Routinely ignored by the corporate MSM is that President Obama, in lusty appreciation of capitalism, allowed the insurance industry to design, ‘write’, his landmark eponymous health plan. That his plan compares unfavourably with those of most OECD countries is less important than the fact that it is ‘made in the US’ by amply rewarded health insurance contributors, and is not from some ‘socialist’ country, where active government participation, however well directed, merits condemnation as such. The simpler and more cost-effective single payer option, once promised, was summarily abandoned without effort — perhaps insufficiently capitalist.

This chart, Life expectancy and health care spending, from the post of Aaron Carroll over at incidental economist gives an indication – life expectancy in the US is lower, despite the substantially higher level of expenditure per capita.

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He had filled in further detail in an earlier post.

Tim Taylor does a similar examination over at conversable economist with The State of US Health. He gets immediately to the point with,

It’s fairly well-known that life expectancy for Americans are below other high-income countries. But did you know that that the gap is getting worse? And how the underlying causes of death in the U.S., together with proximate factors behind those causes, have been evolving? The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington takes up these issues and more in “The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study.

 He leaves no room for misunderstanding. The straightforward charts add unambiguous clarity.

To add finality to the point, Mark Thoma over at economists blog cites the title of the post from over at incidental economist, ‘The State of US Health Ain’t So Good’. Again, both Thoma and Aaron Carroll of incidental economist arrive at the obvious conclusions.  (Ralph Nader recently listed 21 reasons why the Canadian health plan was superior to Obamacare (ACA).) And the quality of health care for all even in Cuba?

The question then, how is it that ‘the greatest country in the history of the world’ could have had such health care for its citizens, and for so very many years, and do nothing about it until only recently?

And, when one considers the unnecessary complexity of the plan, that not all will be eligible for insurance, how the plan was ‘sold‘, and that there were insufficient rigorous ‘dry runs’ before its shambolic deployment, another question to be raised could be this. Was it not better for all to have access to health care than to have health insurance for most from the perspective of the health insurance industry? By how much more will this Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) plan whittle away at health care costs, while bestowing improved health care on recipients? Yet another golden opportunity to assist the 99% that went a begging.

What lesson to the world?…

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