Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Sicko ...

Watching the Michael Moore film on health care in the U.S.

Thank god, I live in a more civilised country. It's not perfect but generally it's very good.

I know we have a lunatic economic fringe who believe in privatised healthcare in this country (solid grounds for committal if you ask me), however the horrors of the U.S. Health system and its debt culture should be enough to put anyone off. I think that both Moore and Benn hit the nail on the head, that most of what happens in the U.S is about controlling an impoverished population.

I feel deeply sorry for the millions of people in the U.S who must be suffering in debt, poverty, depression and desperation. The more I read, the more I discover of a country where so few can have so much, and so many can have so little. I don't understand how they put up with it.

Is this really the American dream?

The French have free education, free health, easier working conditions, better living conditions, more productive people and "a government that is afraid of the people". In the U.S. it seems there is the opposite.

I hope we keep the government cowering in the UK, I'd like to see more more clear blue water between us and this American nightmare.

Dumping patients on street curbs, not treating their own heroes of ground zero, deciding which finger to lose on the grounds of which is cheaper - it's sickening indeed.

I can only assume that this film is exaggerated, because, I can't believe a nation of people who pride themselves on freedom would accept such slavery to poverty. If it is true, it is shameful.


Unknown said...

I am all for universal healthcare and LONG for it in the US (I am a brit living in SF).

However, live isn't all hunky dory elsewhere.

In the UK you often have to wait forever to see someone. My grandad had to go private else he would be dead by the time the NHS got to him. He paid up, and got the EXACT same doctor.

And the French? They are always whining! I work closely with a froggie who had to move to the US as the people weren't smiling even though they did have so much going for them :)

We need solutions in the US, but we can't put on rose coloured glasses for other countries.

Again, healthcare is a right, and has to be universal for all.

swardley said...

Hi Dion,

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather's treatment, the NHS is good but it's not perfect.

It certainly appears to have got a lot worse since the introduction of the internal market and other lunatic fringe management methods.

I agree with you that "healthcare is a right, and has to be universal for all.".

I hope the U.S. does find a solution, and ideally a better one, so that everyone else can copy it.