There are no collective solutions to your individual problems. There may be organizational remedies that can construct a framework within which – if allowed – an individualized solution can be created to fix one's problem if there is some reasonable space for discretion left within the system, but that's not very likely. Personalized solutions, tailored for the individual and their unique circumstances, are the answer. When individuals and personalized solutions are pushed aside for one-size-fits-all, lazy 'cure-all' solutions, it's likely that more people will be harmed than helped.
For example, I still somewhat support the concept of universal healthcare. We can certainly debate how compulsory such a system should be if and when it's established. Before you shush me and yell that it has to be compulsory or else it will not work, hear me out. Let me try to explain why there are people who are not affected by this problem, regardless of the political or economic systems involved.
Please note that I do not support “medicare for all” - Medicare is, in my opinion, the chewed up bone half that you throw as a 'freebie' to old people who are too ill as a group to be profitable after a lifetime of paying into healthcare systems that were highly profitable to those that ran them.
I know that in the long run, the concept of universal healthcare provides better outcomes for the nation. It does pretty well with that basic upkeep that we need here and there. It is deeply untrue that universal healthcare is inherently expensive and thus would require higher taxation. That happens only when people mismanage it. That does indeed happen. It happens to systems. All systems. Let’s just look at the fact that here in the USA we're already paying for some of the world’s most expensive healthcare systems. It can't be managed well or did the forces of the “free market” somehow fail to bring the cost down? Duh.
The Supreme court called the ACA a tax, and so we're already taxed if we buy into that system. Don’t tell me that it is not possible to deliver decent-quality universal healthcare in the USA using the money from that tax – with low to moderate premiums and moderate deductible. It's just not true. But it's not allowed because healthcare in America is a racket, and the laws reflect that. Yet, it could provide a framework that could be used to provide individualized solutions to an individual's healthcare needs. I believe that a system like this would improve the long-term health of a majority of people in the USA. Rather than having a meaningful discussion about it, all the propagandists who seem to be connected to the healthcare and pharma industries by an umbilical cord have instead decided to scream about it, and generally paint it in a distasteful light in an attempt to make the subject itself repulsive. Just like in our current system where healthcare is provided by private companies, you will find that even when there's a public, state-run universal healthcare system, there are moments where one is just shaking their head over. It is an inherent property of systems – all systems. One of the examples used to belittle universal healthcare is that mismanagement means that the wait times can be almost endless – let's get real, the same thing could be said of America's current healthcare system. One has to be obscenely rich to bypass these hurdles by going entirely private, bypassing health insurance completely and paying cash. I consider myself fairly rich, but even so I cannot bypass those paths that are obstructed by my insurance and the obstacles that have been put in front of me by this system. So I will not get bamboozled to advocate for a tiny group of ultra-rich people that have nothing in common with the rest of us. They'll do just fine in any system by entirely bypassing it. If you see opposition to a semi-decent system of universal healthcare, you don't need to look further than the investment portfolios of the opposing parties. This is what I mean when I say that a compulsory system is not needed, these very people don’t need it. These very people who fight tooth and nail to deny it to the rest of us. Side note – the communist elites, as I well remember, also bypassed the universal healthcare they once pretended to inflict on their less communistic subjects and had their own system of elite hospitals and treatment facilities.
There are absolute taboos in the US' healthcare debate – mental health, vaccinations, the inclusion of dental and vision, the reproductive health of females, and men's health or whatever title is attached to this apendix at urology . It is absolutely irrational to stigmatize the discussion of these fields. It is like saying we will not discuss warts and colons and ear lobes. They are never-ending wedges – cultural obstacles put in the path of any meaningful reform being played cynically by both dominant US parties. They'd both rather dismantle the ‘dangerous’ examples of semi-functioning systems of universal healthcare abroad (and believe me they've tried and will try again) than allow the creation of something like that on our own shores.
Sometimes I wonder if perhaps one could get better results with the creation of a parallel healthcare system consisting of a network of village witches, whose services are paid for in cash than the system that we have now. If such a thing was built up and taken public in IPO it could be a much-needed disruption to the industry. Imagine the savings from no longer needing billing departments . Oh, wait, I almost forgot that the system of witches I just described already exists in the network of ‘urgent care’ corner shops that dispenses acetaminophen for everything not requiring stitches, at which point they call an ambulance for you. It is all - in a way – biosimilar to lottery-based medicine, or crowdfunding for some desperate poor chap. Or how about healthcare based totally on charity and pity from the mighty? Right.
In the meanwhile we took part in the second biggest medical trial in the world – we are the control or placebo group for the outcomes of those who do have universal healthcare. At the same time, we are part of the biggest long term trial in the world being conducted on a population since the establishment of fraudulent dietary guidelines and the infamous faith/corporate profit-based food pyramid. Isn’t it symptomatic that our pyramids are death shrines to the god of money ? A staggering number of chronically ill people are told to stiffen their upper lip and deal with their condition on their own. An untold number of diabetics have to deal with the pathetic establishment treatment that is completely unfit for their condition while they are simultaneously told how progressive this is. Most people receive treatment too late and with a goal other than their health in the minds of those administering the treatment. An untold number of people with severe conditions that were once more treatable are later forced into rationing their medicine for what? For the profits of some illusory globalist conglomerate.
Most common diseases are treatable. Via trial and error I learned that one has to look for the oldest possible effective drug on the market. That, of course, is not what the drug companies and their cohort of pushers want us to do. I will loosely paraphrase a few of the slogans so that you can get a hint. “Chantix – it greatly reduced my urge” - to live. “Vioxx -For everyday victories” - over the poverty of Merck. “Paxlovid – reduces risk of severe Covid-19 by 90%” - and I grew an extra nipple and arm. “Invokana” - I peed my diabetes out and my genitalia fell off too. “Tamiflu” - she was a thing of beauty in the eye of the beholder. There often is a simple, straightforward solution to treat the most common debilitating conditions. One just has to look for it.
Don’t be afraid. Face your own mortality, there are no miracles, the marginally extended time that modern medicine has given us is a result of the lowering of the childhood death rate. It averaged out in our favor quite a bit. Our bodies are decaying and there is not much we can do about it except for some periodic reasonable upkeep and a decent diet. That upkeep could be done in a universal health system that just covers everybody. I bet that when a person who normally opposes universal healthcare gets bitten by some insane homeless person they’d wish that the loon was under the care of a dentist and at least a GP too, or even placed in a publicly funded mental asylum .
No need to be scared of dying, the world is full of people and they will be just fine. I recently watched one of the prominent intellectuals of the left giving an interview about vaccine mandates and lockdowns, and I have to say - death is sometimes a merciful resolution to one's mental problems.
I am about to write checks for our monthly subscription to the absurd, hyper-expensive system of private (yet heavily regulated, against the patients) healthcare in the USA. I have only two fundamental questions about it. Why should I suddenly start trusting ‘the science’ when it all seems to be coming out of one very pale old white male - it is almost like it was an orthodoxy or something? And most importantly, why the heck did President Obama pay so much for his phone plan?
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