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.
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