All people need health care to achieve, maintain, and (if necessary) restore health. Health insurance is not health care.
The problems we have with our health care system (high cost, and gatekeepers that deny treatment, restrict choice, and discourage proper care) cannot be corrected with our current health insurance apparatus.
Just as private mercenary corporations have no incentive to prevent or end war, and private prison/security corporations have no incentive to reduce crime and recidivism outside their walls, so private health insurance corporations have no incentive to approve needed health care. The primary competitive incentive of the health insurance industry is to cut costs and increase profits by restricting and denying health care to those that will or do need it.
We can no longer afford, private health insurance corporations controlling health care and deciding who can and cannot get what treatment, when, and from which doctors. Keeping the insurance apparatus we have results in the U.S. having by far, the highest per capita cost of health care, and the worst health care outcomes in the industrialized world. It’s incredible, but true, that we all pay more than universal comprehensive health care would cost, in order to let the insurance and managed care corporations “just say no” to needed health care. Letting those profiteering gatekeepers say “No” to health care for some doesn’t save us money. It costs us money – and it harms our health.
It’s about values –
marketplace values and the value of certain investments, versus human values, family values and the value of life and health. Which side are YOU on?
See Hearts and Minds -health care crisis for six concise articles that provide factual background and a clear statement of the case for, and the myths and propaganda against, the only way to, at once, improve health care outcomes in the United States, provide high quality health care for all regardless of changes in employment status or medical history, and reduce the per-capita cost of health care expenditures in the United States.
The two part series titled Big Bucks Talk and Health Care Walks (part 1 and part 2) provides particular information and reference sources about the current initiative to cut costs and increase access to health care for everyone in Wisconsin. Don’t miss this 2-part summary that provides the basic story behind the “bare essentials” above.
See also the following national and Wisconsin reference sources regarding the health care crisis:
Physicians for a National Health Program
Health Care – Now
Wisconsin Health Security Act
The Business Coalition for health care reform
The Rockridge Institute.
“This ongoing experience of startling significant inequities in our society, particularly brought to my attention in the field of health care, but also evident in education, employment, criminal justice, finance, and other areas, has revealed to me a society and its leaders pathologically unable to face their responsibilities and take effective action, and who instead persistently seek to deny responsibility, hide problems, and blame the victim.”
Glenn Winter, M.D. – Caring for the Uninsured and Underinsured – A Communication from the Front Lines