Originally Posted by sargon20
The Right LOVES getting fucked by rich companies. All day and all night orgasms. But when they 'think' government is fucking them they don't like it. I just can't figure it out.
Ironically there is a French psychologist cum advertising guru, who's name I cannot recall at present, who had one of the best explanations for this continual and uniquely American distrust of our own duly elected government. He called it not killing the King. The idea is that because the Colonists never killed the King, only expelling him, they never assumed the collective mantle of authority. I think there is some truth to his theory, which I am only doing scant justice to with my truncated version.
The endless focus on end of life care (death panels) is really a red herring. The primary issue for most Americans is that they are out of shape, and require assistance getting back into, and maintaining some form of physical fitness/proper diet.
I could go on about how the food industry has ruined the health of modern American, but won't as there are many books, two good ones by Michael Pollan, already on this super sized subject.
Basic physical fitness standards should be the starting point of the health care discussion in America. Once the NIH, or the President's Council on Physical Fitness (anyone else remember them?) re-establish strict guidelines for physical fitness, which is a really inexpensive first step, then hopefully an intelligent discussion about removing health care/insurance from employment can begin. Followed by determining a system for independent assessment of risk profiles for individuals, and groups, subsidies for those who cannot afford mandatory insurance (which can substitute for, or negate the need for a public option...), and finally trying to answer difficult questions regarding efficacy of end of life care, which covers the shortest percentage of most people's lives, but is the most expensive, and therefore skews the cost basis for the entire system.
Unfortunately, as well intentioned as the proponents of the current health care bill might be, they reform very little about the current system, which everyone agrees is broken. Even Howard Dean, hardly a right wing meshuga, came out against it, on Vermont Public Radio, today.
"This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. And, honestly, the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill and go back to the House … You have the vast majority of Americans want the choices, they want real choices. They don’t have them in this bill. This is not health care reform and it’s not close to health care reform."