Thursday, February 04, 2010

Ed Schultz Pleads For Health Care Reform, Calls Lieberman A 'Coward' .

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I am with Ed Schultz when he speaks of all the things which the US had got right, and with him even more when he states that, when it comes to healthcare, the US has buggered it up big time.

It astonishes me that the world's most powerful country does not offer healthcare free at the point of need to it's citizens. And it leaves me baffled when I hear people like John McCain imply that the US healthcare system is better than that of the Canadians or the Brits, when the facts simply don't support such a claim.


daveawayfromhome said...

I've been disappointed in the whole healthcare debate, but the more I think about it, the more I believe that there is simply no way to make anything but a gradual change towards a European-style system of medical care. This is not because of insurance companies or Big Pharma, though those two certainly add to the problem. No, the trouble lies in our system of care in which doctors and hospitals are paid by the procedure, rather than on a salaried basis. This is one of the main factors in the high cost of our medical care, and the entire system will have to be replaced gradually.

Kel said...

I think you raise a really valid point there, Dave. In this country consultants and surgeons are salaried, and the consultants and surgeons that one gets when one goes private are the exact same people who work in the NHS.