Elizabeth Hartline Green
What’s more frightening than Captain Hook? The health care pirates.
Paul Krugman's editorial in the New York Times this morning discussed the fallacy in assuming that if we don't employ the current health care system exactly as is, the system will be untenable. Actually, Krugman says, America is the worst among advanced countries in the ability to obtain medical attention on nights or weekends, and at the bottom of the list when it comes to obtaining any short-notice care.
Here's a somewhat silly but amusing video about our current health-care system entitled "Pirates of the Health Care-ibbean." Though it is a bit over the top, it definitely hammers in the point that a system motivated purely by profit may not be in the best interest of the average citizen. The video was created by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, whose founder is Harvey Rosenfield. Rosenfield spoke in the Drum Major Institute's Marketplace of Ideas event on affordable insurance.
As for me, I'm not saying that a system like Canada's or Germany's is the way to go, necessarily--I don't claim to be any expert on health care policy and what would work given what we have now. What I'm saying is that our system as it stands now is not serving the American people well. The solution to our current health-care crisis is not simple, and so grounded in politics that sometimes it's hard to see the reality. But as long as there are 4.1 million uninsured children in this country, we have a responsibility to rectify the situation.