Healthcare System in the US

So now the law passed. A big step for Obama and a tiny step for the American people.

On the one hand, this is a complicated issue. On the other; a very simple one.

We can approach it from different angles:

  • Legal
  • Political
  • Economical
  • Social

Well, this was the legal part of it. But still, if you only look at the Law, why did four of the five Republican members of the Supreme Court vote against it? That is politics. The Supreme Court of the US has become a political vehicle in the power game, and that is very unhealthy.

Democracy is based on the principal that you divide the Power of the State in three: The lawmakers (the Parliament/Congress), the implementers of the Parliament (the Government) and the Law, with the ultimate decision maker: the Supreme Court. BUT, they stick to the LAWS of the country.

In the US, this principal is merged into a gordian knot that nobody seems able to cut through. It is a horrible mix of lobbyism, political money to several layers of candidates, including the Presidency and because of the two party system, it is so polarized that all kinds of extremist are forced into one of the two parties. Does this sound like a healthy political system? No, it does not, and it is not.

Let’s move to the economy of this. I can dazzle you with all kind of numbers about the cost of the war(s) and the cost of medical care in the US. What do we know? We know that: The United States of America, the Super Power of the world, CANNOT AFFORD THESE WARS.

President Bush sent the US into one of the most unfounded (I would prefer unnecessary and stupid), war in the history of mankind, based on some flimsy satellite pictures. On top of the enormous loss of lives in Iraq, USA definitely could not afford this war. The economy suffered greatly and the US State had a double deficit: The budget (they used more money than they had) and the international trade (they bought more from other countries than were sold to them). A dangerous situation, also internationally.

At the same time, the Americans use the equivalent of 18.2 % of their GDP on medical care (Source: Article in September 12, 2011 National Coalition on Health Care)

Compared to other western countries, who use 9-12 %. The difference is that those countries give free medical care to ALL their citizens, whether you are a bus driver or the CEO of a major bank.

I can hear the scream across the Atlantic: SOCIALISM!!! The government paying for our health care??? No way, man!

Well, it is THE ONLY WAY out of the mess that the US is in now. If the US cling to a basically privatized health care system, and is prized as such, untreated sick patients, premature deaths will grow, and, from a cynical point of view, the productivity will decrease.

So, where are we? The Social Aspect of life………...

In short, “we” the basic Western World do not understand why the United States of America, Super Power, cannot take care of its own citizens. 46.2 million are without health insurance, 15.25 of the American people are below the UN’s standard off Poverty (United States Census), the US is at the ultimate bottom of the illiteracy in the western world. And I could go on, and on…….

What we do NOT understand, is that this supposedly Super Power, is NOT able to take care of their own citizens. — An American said to me that people had to deserve health care……

Well, DESERVE?? Let us think of a person that is laid off because his/her company goes bankrupt caused by the dwindling economy. The person had medical insurance through the job, but is now without a job and without health care. Does he or she deserve health care?? – Of course, but that is not the case in USA.

So, to the heart of the matter: Do the American people really accept that people can and will be sick and die because they cannot afford some kind of medical insurance?