Alan E. says:
If I had promised my boss a compiler by Monday, I worked all weekend.
There is such a thing as a free lunch. It’s called honor and dignity and community and service. The PROBLEM with American society is your thug yap, and how you use an unread Adam Smith to smash and grab, while telling needy people to get f**cked.
I challenge you to write the same review when you find yourself or a family member who needs surgery, say, that’ll fun you $50,000, or a stay in a hospice, or…
When you look at an extreme or two, your view may look reasonable. Reality is more difficult than that.
Yes, I agree that people get sick despite taking good care of themselves, but it’s much more rare than you’d think if all you listened to was the mainstream media. The system is broke and makes it beneficial for people to get medical treatment-regardless of who’s in charge of the healthcare system.
One thing you said was partly right: “The only system that would work is an insurance system that pays people for NOT getting sick as opposed to the opposite- the way it is now.” The movie shows how in Britain doctors get bonuses when their patients get better cholesterol levels, quit smoking, etc.
You miss the point about bureaucracy. The insurance companies are a huge bureaucracy that wastes up to 30% of every health care dollar. A national system, unlike the image carefully planted by the naysayers, has NO bureaucracy. No policies, no claim forms, no EOBs, no URs, no huge computer systems calculating millions of people’s eligibility and co-pays and deductibles and out-of-pockets and annual limits…I’m a computer guy and I’ve worked on these. Believe me, while I was glad to get the paycheck, I had to keep thinking what a waste it all was compared to the quiet, simple efficiency of the UK or Canadian systems, both of which I’ve lived under.