When Do You Notice Change?

The government is forcing a completely new and untested medical technology into the bodies of children as young as 5 to benefit a rapacious pharma company known for unethical medical practices.

Do you still think that “single-payer healthcare” is a good idea? In neoliberalism, the role of the government is to facilitate the transfer of capital to the tiny transnational global elite while destroying welfare protections. What makes you think a reason won’t be manufactured to deny you healthcare for refusing to be a guinea pig for yet another experimental medication?

I understand (if not support) being for nationalized medicine 30 years ago. But things have changed. There is no longer anything that can be meaningfully called “a nation.” The government as a concept has mutated into something completely different from what it was last century. When is a good time to adjust your thinking in a changing situation? When is it time to notice that things are changing?

2 thoughts on “When Do You Notice Change?

  1. I don’t think single-payer has ever been a good idea. Not 30 years ago, and not now.

    If I have any optimism at all about the current madness, it’s the hope that maybe, maybe this will finally puncture the overinflated cyst that is the US medical-industrial complex, and someday, somehow, something decent might be given room to emerge. Right now, there are a host of interesting fledgling ideas about health, medical treatment, and healthcare systems that have been attempting to shove their way into reality… and they can’t make any headway, because the medical system as we know it is insatiably guzzling up all the resources that might be used to make it happen. It’s like the Noh-face character in Spirited Away.

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  2. It is possible to have universal health care without massive wealth transfer. In Australia, for example, a government backed private health insurance company was formed that was essentially a non governmental organisation. It had no ongoing funding, was expected to make a profit, to have a board, policies, analytics etc.

    That entity, named Medibank Private, successfully provided US quality health insurance for about 40 US dollars per month for decades.

    After years of successful operation, new politicians sold part of it on the open market which lead to a severe degradation of services and a nominal tripling of costs.

    So the problem isn’t universal healthcare, but rather the mentality of the politicians in charge or legal structure that permits terrible people to ruin excellent things.

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