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YOUR MONEY AND YOUR LIFE: US HEALTH CARE IN FULL.

June 18, 2008

 

Paul Krugman observes that: “… because of all those middle-class tax cuts in the Obama plan, [Obama] collects only 0.4% of GDP more in taxes than McCain. The tax collection comes from different people: lower and middle-income Americans would be substantially better off under the Obama plan. But where is the money for health care reform?” (June 18).
 
 “Money is the problem with the existing US health care system. It is not the solution. US health care is about twice more expensive than the European health care systems in term of share of GDP. US private companies spend a lot of energy barring, harassing or second guessing doctors until the later either give up on a lot of exams and treatment, or are so slowed down in their care, they just cannot provide it. That is how the private sectors create profits in health care: by denial of service.
 Thus throwing more money at the problem should not be the first line of treatment for US health care. One cannot simply send more money to the same profiteers, and hope things will improve.
 Instead one should look back from afar at what is going on: private health care “providers” conspire by employing personnel to withdraw medical care from the population. “Your money and your life” is the practical motto of the private US health care exploitation scheme, a new low in civilization. Profiteering with people’s life and health should be made ILLEGAL. And yes we can: the RICO Act will provide Congress with plenty of ammunition.
 Once making money by interfering with doctors has been made illegal, US style private health care providers will be MUCH LESS PROFITABLE. The private, profit oriented motive will lose traction in basic health care. Medicare and Medicaid will be able to come along and GOBBLE the entire for-profit US health care system, once it is weakened as a capitalist juggernaut.
 As far as rising money for that later phase, the USA should be encouraged to join the rest of civilization, and reduce its energy usage (which is a multiple, per person, of what is achieved in Western Europe). That can only be done by increasing energy taxes, providing the Federal government with huge income. The plan should be to exchange Special Utility Vehicules against health care. Of course, it would be unwise to mention this before November 5, 2008.
 Patrice Ayme
 

 


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