U.S. health care, in fact, is not nearly as important as the media and CanadaProp
say it is. Millions of Americans are uninsured say the media and the CanadaInferiorityBusters.
Yes millions are ... 45.7 million Americans are uninsured according to Wikipedia
--- but that is but 15.3% of the U.S. population and more than 1/3 of the uninsured
don't want to be insured - they earn more than $49,000 per year. That leaves
9.5% who want to be insured but aren't. And Wikipedia admits that, of that 9.5%,
2.5% were actually covered by U.S. Medicaid. Which leaves but 7% actually deprived
The U.S. states, not the U.S. Federal government, are primarily responsible
for U.S. health care. Massachusetts and Minnesota have virtual universal health
care coverage. Many more will follow.
True, private health bureaucrats have misbehaved and misbehaved badly ----
stolen huge sums of money out of the system for their own compensation ----
acted with total incompetence. Thievery and incompetence seem to be prequisites
for a "successful career in North American health care", private or
public. Canadian public health bureaucrats
steal and bungle as badly as Americans of the private persuasion. Harold
Waldner, the Chairman of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, trained basically
as a clerk, is paid over $400,000 per year but consistently allows
privatized cleaning companies who contribute to the B.C. "Liberal (aka B.C.
Tory) Party" to spread deadly infections throughout his hospitals.
Waldner pays surgeons, who slave through 12 years of tough education and must
have brains and dexterity, only $255,000. The U.S. health care record is
in the developed world but second worst is Canada's and Canada's wait times
are longer than the U. S.'s.
Soon Uncle Sam will spend 30% of his budget on health care. In the U.S. and
Canada Big Pharma has always comported itself like a gang of Barbary Pirates
-- it should have been nationalized decades ago. And, of course, the medical
profession, have exercised absolutely no leadership. Why is not every Canadian,
and every American, possessed of have an easy-to-get-at electronic health care
record. Every item of merchandise sold in a WalMart store is possessed of such
a record. Could there be a better example of medical milquetoastism? If the
doctors would step in and lobby for universal electronic health care records
half as vigorously as they have lobbied against universal health care coverage,
billions, if not trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands if not millions
of lives would be saved. But, then, Big Pharma is against electronic records
and Big Pharma makes life comfortable for Milquetoast Medicine.
All this does not a great cause make. Slavery, war, dictatorship are not at
issue here. What this is is an issue obsessed upon ineptly by Hilary Clinton
in 1993 and ineptly lost. It has rankled the left ever since --- but it is no
reason to lose the great flood of goodwill and reform brought in by a new, new-thinking
president --- the first black president in U.S. history. To stay alive, the
Republicans need to defeat and humiliate Obama on health-care reform in public.
Obama needs only to be seen not to be defeated.
The Republicans, faithful ever to their paymasters, have chosen, as their target,
government run health care insurance. Before filling up on campaign contributions
and other perks they bow their heads and swear on the Holy Bible that no government
run health insurer shall ever be allowed to compete with their patrons, the
health insurance companies. In the public mind, much agitated by insurance company
lobbyists and Tory drummers, government run anything smacks of socialism, even
communism - "socialism bad, 'freedom' (aka capitalism) good". The
Senate Budget Committee,
chaired by North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, three Democrats and three Republicans,
spurred on by Obama, have rigged up a plan that shuts government health insurance
out but, through the back door, lets health care "cooperatives" in.
In the public mind, cooperatives are good guys ---- they've provided too many
good things for too many ordinary Americans ---- to accuse cooperatives of being
tainted with communism is to accuse Dad, who may have been the chair of the
local co-op, or Aunty Jane, who may have been the secretary, of spreading a
communicable disease. The cooperatives (Alberta's MSI was a co-op before national
medicare) will do exactly what government run insurance would have done ---
engage Big Insurance in real competition. The Republicans have already fired
their rockets. Obama has simply moved the target --- from government health
care to cooperative health care.The insurance industry has been outflanked.
The Conrad Committee's version of health care reform bill will pass. Obama will
survive --- in fact he has won another victory.