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Old 05-17-2007, 12:43 AM
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CHICAGO (AP) -- The U.S. health care system is "a dysfunctional mess" and politicians who insist otherwise look ignorant, according to a medical journal essay by a prominent ethicist at the National Institutes of Health.

"If a politician declares that the United States has the best health care system in the world today, he or she looks clueless rather than patriotic or authoritative," Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel wrote in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.

Emanuel, who supports sweeping health care reform, said the U.S. spends $6,000 per person per year on health care, an amount that is more than 16 percent of the nation's gross domestic product and more than any other country.

He also said Americans' average life expectancy ranks 45th in the world, behind Bosnia and Jordan. And the U.S. infant death rate is 6.37 per 1,000 live births, higher than that of most developed nations.


American life expectancy is lower than Bosnia, a country wracked by war, ethnic cleansing and political anarchy? What a comment on our health care system! It's the most expensive in the world, but it can't keep us alive longer than residents of a Third World hell-hole nation.

The reason is simple: the American Medical Association and the U.S. pharmaceutical industry are sacred cows immune to being held accountable by Congress. We need universal health care and medical price controls, but we'll never get them as long as lobbyists for those two organizations are allowed to bribe members of Congress with massive political contributions.

Hillary Clinton was practically crucified when she proposed a universal health care system during the Clinton administration. The Bush administration has done nothing but scream about the bogeyman of "socialized medicine" while medical costs spiraled out of sight and 42 million Americans were forced to live without any health insurance at all.

When will this madness end? When the federal treasury is bankrupted by a corrupt and incompetent medical profession?

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No arguments from me on this one. My family and I pay over one thousand dollars a month for our half of our health insurance. So our insurance is over two thousand dollars a month. And yet I get socked with copays any time we go to a doctor or fill a prescription. And we're considered fortunate, because we actually have health insurance.

God, what a f#$#ed up situation. What people don't realize is that if there is Universal Health Care and they want to continue to get ripped off by private insurance companies then they will have a choice. No one is going to be forced to leave their insurance companies.

The right wing nuts are the ones who spread the misinformation about Universal Health Care. It's what they do--misinform and spread fear. Because really, what else do they have to offer? Nothing, unless you're a corporation. The average citizen votes against their own best interest when they vote for the republicans, so the republicans have to create all kinds of fake boogeymen to keep people scared into voting for them. How very sad and pathetic.

Anyway . . . started off on another tangent there. There's no excuse for so many citizens to have no health care. The good news is, every democratic candidate is talking about some version or another of insuring every American. Now let's hope that Americans aren't dumb enough to vote for a Republican in the next election.
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Now let's hope that Americans aren't dumb enough to vote for a Republican in the next election.
Never underestimate the stupidity of American voters. As comedian Dick Gregory once observed, Americans are so stupid they buy air mail stamps in small towns that don't have airports.
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What I wish is that people would realize we can either pay to insure all of our citizens one time, or pay for it three times--with higher rates at the hospitals and doctors office, higher cost prescriptions, and higher insurance rates because the hospitals and drug companies charge everyone more to make up the difference. It's not that difficult to do the math. And I suck at math.

Republicans have done an excellent job at breeding hatred towards people who are in a lower socioeconomic status than everyone else. What people fail to realize is they're successfully subverting the middle class into the lower-income class they've been taught to despise.

An extremely intelligent friend of mine has a signature line on his emails that says it all: "Republicans whine and Republicans b#$ch, our rich are too poor and our poor are too rich."

At least that corrupt demon Wolfowitz is gone. That's one small comfort.
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Originally Posted by piperdawn View Post
Republicans have done an excellent job at breeding hatred towards people who are in a lower socioeconomic status than everyone else. What people fail to realize is they're successfully subverting the middle class into the lower-income class they've been taught to despise ...
Very good point. And you know what I think? They deserve what they get for voting these jerks into office in the first place. People will either learn to vote in their best interests instead of acting like lemmings or they'll pay the painful consequences.
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