Once in a while we run across an article that simply tells it like it is in language we all can understand. We’re providing a link
to such an article by Vincent Navarro that lays out the case for a single-payer health system and what it will take to get it. Share it especially with those who are skeptical.
When it comes to health insurance and health care there is much this article does not cover, however. Some like to think of Medicare as the ideal universal health system and believe expanding to everyone is the solution, but the reality is far from it.
Many, especially young people. may not be aware that Medicare, as the program stands today, still leaves millions of low income people struggling or unable to pay deductibles, co-pays, supplemental insurance, and outrageously high drug costs in a corporate-controlled and delivered medical system. Time was not too long ago that working for a university or a corporation or being in a union would mean access to affordable health insurance right into retirement for those lucky enough to have those kinds of jobs. Today, not so much.
There’s more to good health care than who pays for it, however. The article only partially addresses a small part of the broader problems of quality health care and delivery itself in the U.S., like:
- Doctors who refuse to accept Medicare assignments, sometimes even dropping patients when they go on Medicare.
- The shortage of doctors and facilities in many areas that results in long waits, even in emergency rooms, or no care at all available nearby.
- The closure or combining of hospitals in rural areas that result in traveling long distances for care.
- The lack of practical clinical research and its control to serve the needs of the people, not the obscene profits of the drug companies.
- The lack of research and quality control of food supplements and herbal and other self-remedies and related scams that cost people billions of dollars a year and sometimes their health and lives.
- The need for house calls – once an expected and treasured medical practice in the U.S.
And that’s only for starters. Log in and use the comment section below the song to add your own.