U.S. Health Care vs. Socialized Health Care

Say what you want about the PPACA legislation (I certainly don’t support it), it’s getting harder and harder to defend privatized, for-profit medicine when the United States gets ranked below Costa Rica by the World Health Organization. And as much as I want to support government-run health care, it’s idiots like these guys which make me fear what might happen the next time I get sick and there just so happens to be a vote on who gets to be insured and who doesn’t that day. Nevertheless, I can’t help but wonder what my life would be like if I grew up in Europe or north of the border.

VIA Christian Science Monitor

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  • alexander patterson

    How abot we loosen some of the regulations to increase competition, open the market for things like, community wide group health plans, or co-ops. We could also allow healthcare savings roll-over yearly allowing people to save up for large expenses later in life. You can also do pre-exiating coverage by contract. I.E. if I want a preexisting condition covered I commit to keep a specific coverage from a specific group for a certain number of years that would make the coverage pay for itself over an extended period of time.

    If you look at things like number of canadians that come to the US for healthcare or long wait times in the UK for simple procedures and how certain types of cancer are a death sentence despite being treatable. You may rethink the idea of a government ran system. Logically if you think about it name one thing the govt runs efficiently and without a load of red tape.

  • RayJ

    Does anyone else think it’s weird that the christian science monitor is the source for this? Because if anyone knows about medicine it’s christian scientists…

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    • Elenchus

      Perhaps you’d like to see all their Pulitzer Prize Awards for Nationals and International reporting. Although it does carry the CS name it’s a non-secular paper and well recognized around the world as a non-bias news organization.

    • DeepCough

      The Christian Science Monitor is one of the best news publications you’ll ever read from. If they were “Christian Scientists” in the manner you expected,
      don’t you think they would be arguing against socialized medicine like you see on Fox News or within the Tea Party?

  • Jett Rink

    The costs quoted for Canada is higher than actual.

  • DeepCough

    Not sure if you’ve been to a physician or hospital here in the states, but the policy is “first come, first serve,” which means you have to wait all the same. I couldn’t get in to see a specialist without waiting at least one month.
    And as far as government regulations, a lot of those are being used to keep new treatments from entering the marketplace, because the American health care system has turned to “crisis capitalism,” and private health insurance has only made that problem. worse. I don’t entirely agree with government-run health care, either, but at the same time, the privatized, for-profit system here in the states is a real fucking expensive joke.

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