The cost is not the whole picture.
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The New York Times calculates the cost of the president’s virus treatment at $100,000. I think that’s a huge under-estimate, but so what? My concern is that most people could not access such high quality care even if they could pay for it. We have a two-tiered health care system, based on ability to pay, and the top tier is not that big. It’s smaller because it doesn’t have to be that big to accommodate rich people with great insurance, because there aren’t that many of them. Sure, the upper tier is populated by a large number of doctors, technicians, nurses and others because really good health care requires a high ratio of caregivers to patient. So it’s big enough, but underused. The rest of us get… Well, you know what we get.
October 7, 2020 at 5:08 PM #365798ThouArtThatParticipant
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American medicine is a microcosm of Neo-liberal philosophy and thinking. Neo-liberalism is predicated on two ideas:
1) only elites deserve to be catered to and
2) fear of deprivation motivates the 99% to work.
With respect to item one, the dog whistle “meritocracy” is used to justify austerity because only the very “best” are worthy of their needs being met. And in American society “best” means wealthy because those that earn more are clearly more meritorious.
With respect to item two, the dog whistle “austerity” is used to justify wealth inequality and low wages. In reality, “austerity” is a means of “social control” through fear and deprivation. The elites believe “social control” is the only way to keep the 99% working for “table scraps” and in service to the Neo-liberal agenda.
As such, the American health care system merely mirrors Neo-liberal philosophy and thinking. Keep people poor so they live in fear of an untimely death and keep health care costs high so only the upper tiers of society can actually afford the cost. And all the while, those that run the health care sub-segment of the economy make billions in unwarranted profits while serving society “fear and deprivation”.
The bottom line for the 99% is that we will never have adequate health care in America until the Neo-liberal mindset is eradicated from the culture. And more likely than not, that will never ever happen in either your or my lifetime.
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October 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM #365799jbnwParticipant
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I don’t know how else they’ll know what healthcare in the US is really like.
October 7, 2020 at 5:24 PM #365809Ohio BarbarianModerator
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@thouartthat is correct. Their next line is “This is America! Land of Opportunity! If you don’t work hard to take advantage of the opportunities we so graciously give you, that’s your fault!”
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October 7, 2020 at 6:34 PM #365828GZeusHParticipant
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Our class structure is a little more complicated than just 1% vs. 99%; among the 99%, there are 9% who are there to make the system work for the 1% and against the bottom 90%. They would be the administrators of just about every business, the mid-level executives and managers, the doctors, the lawyers, the engineering professionals that work for the military-industrial complex. You know, people who vote Republican because they’ve gotten theirs, and fuck everyone else.
I think it would be better to focus on the 9%, on their fear of falling into the bottom 90%, than it is to berate the 1% for being so greedy. If you convince the 9% that the system they administrate is unsustainable, they can be turned against the top 1%. Anyone who was politically aware before 1980 or so knows that the 9% didn’t always grovel in such fealty to the 1%. They do it because they were well rewarded. They are the ones for whom medical insurance is provided, retirement portfolios and real estate keep creeping up, and the police ‘protect and serve’.
They are the ones who have merit in this meritocracy, primarily because they are the ones to define ‘merit’.
Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.
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