Daily Archives: December 19, 2011
Our Mission: Single-Payer National Health Insurance
Greg Silver, MD
The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,160 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 50 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.
This is because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.
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Currently, the U.S. health care system is outrageously expensive, yet inadequate. Despite spending more than twice as much as the rest of the industrialized nations ($8,160 per capita), the United States performs poorly in comparison on major health indicators such as life expectancy, infant mortality and immunization rates. Moreover, the other advanced nations provide comprehensive coverage to their entire populations, while the U.S. leaves 51 million completely uninsured and millions more inadequately covered.
The reason we spend more and get less than the rest of the world is because we have a patchwork system of for-profit payers. Private insurers necessarily waste health dollars on things that have nothing to do with care: overhead, underwriting, billing, sales and marketing departments as well as huge profits and exorbitant executive pay. Doctors and hospitals must maintain costly administrative staffs to deal with the bureaucracy. Combined, this needless administration consumes one-third (31 percent) of Americans’ health dollars.
Trump to Run for President of North Korea
Promises Continuity of Leadership
PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) – Within hours of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, real estate mogul Donald Trump roiled the political situation in that Stalinist country by announcing that he would run for its presidency.
“Kim Jong-Il ruled North Korea as the egomaniacal leader of a personality cult,” Mr. Trump told reporters en route to Pyongyang. “I can offer continuity of leadership.”
But Mr. Trump’s bid may be complicated by reports that, despite his death, the mercurial Kim plans to remain in power until 2024.
“He intended to rule North Korea until 2028,” said one North Korean government source. “His death moves up that timetable a bit.”
In Pyongyang, North Koreans officially marked the death of Kim by having their first meal in thirty years.
Officials said that in accordance with the dictator’s wishes, Kim will be strapped to a nuclear weapon and buried in South Korea.
OUR SICK HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
British news headlines “Analysis: Deficit may be biggest threat to healthcare reforms,” this morning, generally filled with the same propaganda choices to which Americans are exposed (although they don’t have such a barbaric health care system in the UK, with our “Your money or your life” blackmail).
In the spring, the Supreme Court will rule on whether “Obama Care” is constitutional. If it is ruled as such, the system will continue to degrade, but the masses will be fooled into waiting once again, before taking action to fix it after they realize Obama Care is a scam intended to confuse people into thinking something is being done to address the problem so that the 1% may continue to milk it.
Better for the American people would be for the Supreme Court to rule it to be unconstitutional.
The biggest problem of our “health care” system is that it is not a health care system at all, it is a system of profit first, and a trickle down of whatever remains, after the massive waste associated with capitalist health care, leaving many to die or remain seriously ill from insufficient care, including preventive care.
Billions of dollars are wasted just on paperwork only needed in a for-profit system. Billions more are wasted on profit for transnational investors, and bloated CEO salaries, none of which is remotely tied to health care.
Obama Care leaves the system in the hands of these transnational capitalists who don’t give a damn about this country or its people, the primary difference being that citizens will be forced to pay these scumbags for extremely poor health care, when for a fraction of the cost, we could provide quality health care for all citizens, eliminate the bureaucracy, and join the civilized world.