Or just the best healthcare, if you can afford it?
I could talk about healthcare and socialised medicine (for all that it has been demonised…) all day. Yes, I’m a fan, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I’m still not sold on the Affordable Care Act being a solution (maybe more of a bandaid?) because the issues with profiteering and costs will remain the same. But this video was hilarious:
I need to watch the Daily Show more often…man it cracks me up sometimes.
By the way, saying a country has the best healthcare in the world is like saying they have the best TVs in the world, the best cars, the best space program – or the best libraries. For those who can read. Mid-twentieth century German healthcare was pretty awesome, and 19th century America was a very ‘free’ country, but not so much for German Jews, or African Americans. Point being that America has the BEST supercomputers in the world. But am I likely to get to use them? Not really. Maybe better to ask how the overall health of a country’s population is doing, or how good the average care is, or what access the poorest people have to it.
I don’t think there are any easy, cheap or quick solutions, but I do think the discussion tends to focus on the wrong aspects of the issue, and tends to much politicisation and the ‘rights’ of certain segments over others, rather than the deeper systemic questions.
And now for the expected hate mail…..