3PM Friday 29 June 2012 Nunhead Heights

Last night, a comic friend of mine  tweeted that “the most powerful country in the world has the highest prison intake, the death penalty, no health care, and no geography.”

“China?” I replied.

China has no health care unless you call having your kidney stolen “health care.” China has low prison intake because they tend to use the death penalty even more than America, which proves that America doesn’t kill enough of it’s citizens. And China doesn’t have geography, lacking a West Coast, Great Lakes and a Grand Canyon.

He pointed out that “it is only a matter of time” before the Chinese have a West Coast.

Let me clear up a few things about health care in America. First, the United States has health care.

Every American who is poor, old, or in the Military gets free health care courtesy of the Federal or State governments. The rest – and the majority – are covered by their health insurance.

You cannot be denied hospital treatment in America, even if you don’t have insurance or poor, contrary to what the British people believe. It may not be in the hospital of your choice or by the doctor of your choice but broken bones get put in casts and cancer cells get radiated. You will be treated.

The average life expectancy in the USA is 78.2 and the UK is 79.9 according to wikipedia.

That isn’t much of a difference considering how mental Americans are and how vaunted the British NHS is. Americans get into a panic about everything: From aliens, to gays in the military, to disco music. And they also get worked up that the Chinese are buying the world, that maybe Europe IS headed for financial disaster and that maybe there are people in other countries who are trying to hurt America. England has a lovely “can’t be bothered” attitude which is good for the heart.

British people erroneously experience their lives as being is a lot longer than Americans because there is bugger all to do here in the UK. The only thing you can do here is wait for the next big thing to come from America. The English can’t go starting wars anymore or come up with a unique musical genres. The last big thing the Brits exported was the paparazzi shot of the female celebrity leaving the limo with her legs spread apart.

The United States is not instituting socialized medicine with ObamaCare – or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as it is gently called. It already has socialized medicine.

What the United States doesn’t have is UNIVERSAL socialized health care. Meaning everyone is covered by the government, paid for by the government.

The main bit about ObamaCare is about getting the maybe five or ten percent of Americans who have money but don’t want to take out health insurance to take out insurance. That is so the Federal Government and local jurisdictions don’t have to pick up the tab for their health care – insurance companies will. The Feds are trying to un-socialize the medicine.

ObamaCare assumes the people who don’t have health insurance have money to pay for it – which flies in the face of the belief that many Americans don’t have the money for health insurance. If they don’t take out the insurance they are going to be fined and they’ll need money to pay the fine.

It is also about forcing insurance companies to provide increased level of service and for some businesses to buy health insurance for their workers. And other stuff. There is a lot of force going here, and Americans, generally don’t like the Feds telling them what to do. Think Europe. Who does? That stuff is completely un-American.

The Federal Government – called “federal” cause it is confederated of the States – New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, et al – is the top layer of United States governments, above city, state governments but under the Jews, who control everything. [That Jew part is a joke in case you thought otherwise.]

The Feds are trying to force the uninsured, the insurance companies, and the States, to pick up more of the bill.

That is not very social of them, I’d say.

NB There is a good chance I have gotten this very wrong. I am not very interested in the health care debate because it has gone on longer than waiting for England to win another World Cup and just as unsolvable and I live here, in the UK, and I am old and bored of hearing about sick, old people.

Tell me what you think about what I wrote. Please. Rubbish, brilliant, spot on, off the mark, ridiculous. Please let me know by making a comment.

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3 thoughts on “Obama’s healthcare law explained to British people who think they know all about America

  1. Here’s the way I see this; take it as you will. I’m moving to Texas to start my PhD in August. In order to even be granted a visa I have to have medical insurance. That insurance will cost me in the region of £800 per year (I think) which I have to pay for (definitely), out of my grant money, which is for studying (and really isn’t that much – I can’t believe how much you guys have to pay to go to school, but that’s a whole other world of angry). What I’ve been told by some New Yorker friends of mine is that by having insurance I “might not” end up in thousands and thousands of Dollars of debt if I get in an accident or get a serious illness. This bothers me somewhat. It certainly feels (from my admittedly limited knowledge) that if the insurance company can find some small reason not to pay for my medical costs then they won’t. I also don’t think anyone should have to pay to see a GP for a check up.
    The NHS may not be perfect, but no-one should ever have to be worrying about money if they are sick. I truly believe that people that can afford private healthcare should pay for it and that some of the financial trouble the NHS is having is due to an unreasonable burden posed by those who can afford to go private, but that doesn’t mean that universal social health care is a bad thing. What’s wrong with helping out a fellow citizen? Also, I’d like to know what the government’s idea of ‘poor’ is. According to our government, an adult can live on £65 per week (standard over 25 Job Seeker’s Allowance) and can find suitable accommodation in Lewisham for £85 per week (I know you know this is BS) so certainly these people should be afforded free healthcare, but what about everyone else who would have to scrape and go without in order to afford healthcare, or to be burdended with a totally unpayable debt because they earn just enough not to be considered ‘poor’? And all because they got sick. I’d say that’s fundamentally wrong, particularly in a rich nation like the US, who frankly have plenty of money for everyone.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was happy with having enough instead of everything? Ah, Capitalism…..

  2. Lue – Thank you for reading my post and for your comment. It is appreciated!!

    You can understand the United States wanting you take insurance out when you visit there. If you get sick who do you think is going to be left holding the bag? Insurance for visitors to the UK would be a good idea, too. Why should the NHS cover foreigners?

    The problem with US healthcare is not that the insurance companies don’t or won’t pay, but that they do pay, and it costs them a fortune and their policy holders.

    Go, and enjoy America – though I have heard the Texans don’t consider themselves Americans! And take out a lot of insurance. L

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