Why do some Americans seem to care little about the many ways inadequate healthcare affects the entire society?
Paul Ryan, the guy who is supposed to be developing the GOP's alternative to Obamacare, failed yet once again to answer the question, "What is the alternative?" when asked on today's Face the Nation broadcast. He talked about "alternative plans" but for some reason no one in the GOP has really offered up anything other than the motto, "Repeal and Replace".The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity.
Last week on Fox News, Ryan was also unable to answer Chris Wallace's questions in regards to a Republican alternative.
For those who really, really hate the "socialistic" Obamacare system - what's your alternative? I will make a wild guess that some of the more Libertarian types think there should be zero government involvement in healthcare, "If you can't pay for it, DIE! Not my problem", because obviously the corporate types who run America's health insurance companies would never, ever do anything that would actually cause people to die, now would they?
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
He never quite recovered his footing after that.