There was a chart in one of my email news feeds a couple of days ago that compared the performance of the health care systems in the US and Canada, Canada being the example the corporate lackeys in our congress haul out most often to brag about the fantastic health care we receive here in comparison to other countries.
The US lags Canada in every single metric. I can't tell you if different methods of measurement are applied in the two countries or anything of that nature but I would tend to think not in this case. It would need to have been reconciled as to statistical methods and be a direct comparison to have any meaning at all and I suspect that this was the case.
But anyway, the point they're trying to make is that our health care SYSTEM is not as great as the health care INDUSTRY wants people to believe it is (especially considering the costs involved in delivering services) and Canada's is nowhere near as bad as they make it out to be. I believe most thinking people understand this but it isn't the thinking people who get all the exposure and air play in the M$M so it doesn't hurt to keep driving the point home.
At one time, we might have HAD the greatest health care system in the world, but that stopped. It stopped along with just about everything else that made this country truly great at about the time that Ronald Reagan and his behind the curtain controllers launched their war against the poor and/or working class. That's when they made profit for the corporations and the upward flow of wealth the overriding priorities in the formulation of our economic policies, using deregulation and the dismantling of the regulatory agencies that had made the system at least somewhat workable as their primary tools.
Since then, virtually the only thing that HASN'T actually suffered is the rate of increase in the incomes of the richest companies and people in the country. And that increase in the flow of wealth upward means an almost exponential increase in suffering for the ever increasing number of people that are doomed always to be left out of any equation derived by the nobility and their government lap dogs. Nowhere is this more illustrated than by the current state of health care, which has rightfully become the number one issue facing us today.
Excessive profits and huge dividends for the corporations and the Wall Street bloodsuckers do NOT indicate a "booming economy" as we were told we had "enjoyed" every year for eight years, nor do they do anything to make a country great. Hell, even that babbling gaggle of orangutans we call congress has to know that.
Yet they were still telling us that everything was under control three days before Bear Stearns took its dive into oblivion. (Actually I believe that to be true and that things WERE under their control, but not the way they were trying to spin it.)
A truly robust economy means a general upturn the benefits of which are spread over the population of the country as a whole, NOT just the top 1 to 5 percent while everyone else either stagnates or actually loses ground. For eight years we were told that our economy was "robust" and that there was more wealth flowing than ever before.
In the meantime our Gross Domestic Product was either shrinking or undergoing huge decreases in the rate of growth while it's sources of derivation were being shifted from areas like manufacturing and services to the financial sector and more and more investments were being made in the economies and infrastructures of other countries at the expense of our own and our trade deficits and foreign debt ballooned.
But naturally, the rat bastards running the show never mentioned into whose pockets all that perceived wealth was flowing or where a large portion of it derived from, which was of course through picking the pockets of the ordinary citizens to make up for the loss of traditional revenues that they had failed utterly to maintain. To a large degree, all they were doing... all they've CONTINUED to do, really... was/is shifting more of the existing domestic wealth upward and then pointing to obscenely bloated profits for the various industries involved as "proof" that the economy was doing great in their hands.
That's the status quo that the Republicans, the traitorous Blue Dogs, the right wing talking heads and the corporate controlled agenda driven M$M are fighting to maintain. The conservation and improvement of the "lifestyles of the rich and famous" is now pretty much the ultimate national goal for an entire country and the main purpose for existence of the vast majority of its 300 million people.
Can anything be done? Who knows? That's going to depend on how many people WANT to do anything. The predators have still got a pretty good sized chunk of the fat and complacent middle class to gnaw through. It's going to take these docile and compliant little sheep a while to realize that the wolves are simply eating their way through the food chain from the bottom up and that the middle class is also destined to be lunch. May be too late by then, if it isn't already and Orwell may well have had it pegged except in his estimate of how long it would take them.
By the way, has anyone ever done a study directly comparing the costs to the Canadian government in delivering universal health care to it's citizens... to the overall costs to the public in our own system? In other words, does the Canadian system pay more in taxes to support his/her health care system that the average American pays in increased costs for services, the maintenance of current profit levels for health care providers and insurers, "rewards" to upper level executives in all sectors of the industry, increased drug prices, lobbying, AND the amount of service provided to indigents and the uninsured at taxpayer expense anyway... for a system in which far from having universality, 40-50 million people are unable to afford adequate coverage or indeed any coverage at all?
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