Take a gander across suburbia. As far as the eye can see: 60′ lots row by row mile by mile. Every single one of us has our own lawnmower, weed whip, edger, two fucking cars and 5 televisions, microwave dinners and central air-conditioning. For christ’s sake people are wearing $200 Ed Retardy denim (Levi & Strauss probably rolling in their graves) and drinking $5 coffee-flavored milkshakes.
But folks are crying about lack of access to “universal” health care?
This is absurd for all those reasons listed above and then some, and also because it’s not that big of a “problem” that it can be handled other ways*. Everybody wants it, but nobody wants to give up their McWhatever or designer clothes or HDTV or unlimited talk text & web smartphones.
Governments at all levels (which have actively contributed to the health care crisis) have already demonstrated their inability to manage socialized health care programs with specific, limited scope. What makes anyone think that they’ll be able to do any better by expanding the programs and broadening their scopes? More government interference is unlikely to fix it.
But it’s bigger than that:
Exactly where is the capacity, in the current ‘system’ (for lack of better words), to cope with the increased demand for medical care and services which we know with absolute certainty will occur if national health care becomes a reality?
Allegedly there are millions of people who are clamoring for care, wallowing in their own urine, setting their own broken bones, eating Alpo because they can’t afford food, and self-medicating with a handle of Five O’ Clock because they can’t afford their meds. But all the doctors and nurses and practitioners are already working 40 or 50 or 60 hours a week. You aren’t going to get more doctors without a considerable (10+ years) lag unless you open the borders (which incidentally is fine by me), but the last time I checked, that wasn’t on the menu.
Where is it all gonna come from? The capacity is years, if not decades off. And that’s if we were to start now by dismantling all the subsidized oligopolies that are contributing to the current problem, and changing, reforming, or eliminating every sentence of every law or code which disadvantages individuals in favor of corporations. Otherwise, it’s just talk.
It is simply not possibly to will a perfect system in to existence merely by labeling it “universal.”
It’s a lie. Just like everything else they sell you. They get rich, and you get fucked.
*Let me assure you that this is not an endorsement or defense of the current “system” of health & wellness care in the U.S. There are plenty of things wrong with it, and plenty of things that could fix it overnight, the most apparent of which would be to immediately grant the same tax-favorable treatment to individuals as is had by corporations. But these are never discussed in the mainstream.