The Nordic Secret to Battling Coronavirus: Trust

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    eridani
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    https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/03/17/coronavirus-norway/

    As someone who has lived and worked in Norway, I see several ways in which the Norwegians’ prompt and efficient response draws on the advantages of what economists call “the Nordic model”—a design much different from that of the U.S.

    Meanwhile in the U.S., a recent survey by the First National Bank of Omaha found that 49% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. What is to be done if those people can’t get to the jobs that keep them barely afloat? What does “self-quarantine” mean in that context? Or if employees receive no paid sick leave and can’t afford to stop working when they get sick? And what about the many who haven’t even had a job lately and find each day a struggle for food, including food-insecure college students whose colleges are closing?

    Such conditions are nearly inconceivable in Norway, where the social safety net is intact. A century ago, poverty was widespread but mass movements waged a successful nonviolent revolution in the 1920s and ’30s. By the time I got there, 1959, poverty had already been nearly eradicated, with everyone’s basic needs being met.

    Norway’s readiness for health emergencies comes from its choice, all along, to prioritize the well-being of the people as a whole. Norway was not a wealthy country until its discovery of oil, which didn’t begin to flow until the late 1970s. As it developed its universal single-payer health system in the 1940s, it couldn’t afford to include dental services. At the time, working class Norwegians were infamous for their poor teeth. Studies revealed that one cause was the lack of calcium because of the high cost of milk. The government then began to subsidize the price of milk, increasing consumption, and teeth got healthier. As prosperity increased in the 1950s, it became possible to raise taxes and include dental service in everyone’s health care.

    Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

  • #290444

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    Kicked and recommended!

    I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

    Me

  • #290454

    rampart
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    if you need food or a place to live, or a job, just ask.

    the means testing bureaucracy in the usa is an expensive waste of time and effort (that is easily gamed and defrauded any way)

  • #290467

    Ohio Barbarian
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    The United States, OTOH, is a functioning kleptocracy with a government that enables a few hundred thousand families to prey on its people and on other peoples the world over through its empire.

    It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

    If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower

  • #290557

    HassleCat
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    Poor bastards. They have no personal freedom. Here in the United States of Murka, we are free to do whatever we want. We are free to be poor and suffer the consequences of being poor. We are free to have bad teeth, lousy health care, a government that cares nothing about us, and so on, and so on. But we have our guns! Goddamn Chinese come and drink Corona beer in my front yard and I’ll mow them down with my AR-15.

    • #290566

      Ohio Barbarian
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      @hasslecat Norwegians have guns, too, lots of them. They also have excellent beers and cheeses, not to mention mead.

      I like mead very much. And beer.

      Try telling that to a typical American right winger, and he won’t believe you.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower

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