Two Devastating Health Care Quotes

First from The Commonwealth Fund:

In 2013, more than one-third (37%) of U.S. adults went without recommended care, did not see a doctor when they were sick, or failed to fill prescriptions because of costs, compared with as few as 4 percent to 6 percent in the United Kingdom and Sweden.

And the second from JDI conservative Andrew Sullivan:

When a private sector system means you have ten times as many people failing to get basic treatment as in Britain’s uber-socialized NHS, you realize just how great the market failure is. I’m all for markets, but the facts seem to me to reveal that in healthcare, they are toxic to most people’s actual, you know, health. In what other area does socialism work so much better than capitalism? Isn’t that a first order question conservatives should address?.

The US healthcare system is a grotequely expensive disaster; plagued with inefficiencies, disconnected from the needs and wants of patients, distorted by massively misaligned priorities and goals, it consumes vast amounts of our national wealth without delivering corresponding benefits.  More and more, it seems to me that healthcare and defense are exemplars of American dysfunction.  Delivering sub-par outcomes in exchange for exorbitant amounts of money, driven by fear and a deep-seated mindset of scarcity, both healthcare and defense are expressions of American’s sense of vulnerability.  We overspend on defense to keep us safe against military and other threats and we overspend on healthcare in a frantic desire for wellness.  In both cases, our actions undermine our goals.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on November 20, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Obama Basically Admits He Never Really Understood His Own Health Care Law

    He claims to have only realized in the past few weeks that buying insurance on an exchange is an inherently complicated and often confusing process.

    …This is not a small mistake or another too rosy promise. This basic concept is the foundation of the law.

    The idea private insurance exchanges will magically drive down price and improve quality through competition was based on the assumption that buying insurance could be made so incredibly simple that almost everyone would be able figure out which plan was best for them. For this kind of competition even theoretically to work the consumers needed to understand trade offs with the all the different options. If you can’t buy insurance extremely simple the whole concept won’t deliver.

  2. #2 by Thomas Atwater on November 21, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Completely expected from the community organizer.

    .Look at his community in chicago, the poverty, the violence, the shitty sports teams. What in fuck could he know or care about that hell hole?

    Good heavens, is it only now that the bulk of progressivedumb realize the depth of their folly?

    All right.. it s time to look at who is holding this chumps hand as he stumbles through his presidency.

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