Inefficient Health Care System
The debate over health-care health-insurance reform currently taking place is very interesting. Here we have a system that, back in 2000, ranked 37th out of 191 countries in the World Health Organization’s Health Care System Rankings. That’s particularly bad because we spend so much more than any other country. It’s really not even close. We spend the most money per capita on health insurance, and aren’t even in the top 30 in the world in terms of quality. (Note: when I say quality, I’m not referring to the quality of care. We probably have the best, most well-trained doctors in the world. But when 40+ million are uninsured, and when health cost is the #1 cause of personal bankruptcy, then the quality of the system is poor, regardless how great the doctors are.) That’s, by definition, inefficient and grounds for reform. Or am I trippin’? It seems pretty cut and dry to me.
I came across a graph that pretty much nails why we need reform:
So not only is it the most expensive, it doesn’t even yield an average life expectancy that ranks in the top 20 . It’s simply an investment that doesn’t yield a high return for your dollar. You would think that would resonate with ‘fiscal conservatives’. But then you’d be wrong. Instead of meaningful discourse on one of the most important issues in the last 60 years, lies are being injected into the discussion and are being used to fuel fear and outright lunacy. The examples of misinformation are far too many to list, but if you want to see them, visit here.
Having said that, I do think the health care reform being hammered out will be suspect. The Democrats are doing an awful job of clearly explaining what the hell this reform will ultimately accomplish. On TV this morning, I caught coverage of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) at a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. It’s a very republican town, and there was the usual random shouting and interruptions to try and prevent debate. What stuck out the most to me, though, was that Specter didn’t have good answers for nearly any of the questions being asked. Through all the madness, some people asked legitimate questions and he simply didn’t articulate his answers very well. That’s the problem all over, and if President Obama wants to be successful in this debate, he and his party need to carry their message a LOT better.
On a lighter note, one of the funniest things about this debate, aside from these town hall meetings, is the blatant hypocrisy taking place. It’s crazy how Jon Stewart, a late-night comedian, does a better job at pointing these sorts of things than the actual, professional Media. Check out this clip from The Daily Show (via Huffington Post):
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My how times have changed.