Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Health care is Constitutional!

There are a few arguments ignored by both the Supreme Court and the Washington Post editorial in the quest for universal health care.
First. It isn’t really ‘health’ care being talked about. The debate is really about access to medical care.
And nearly 90% of the costs in what we currently call ‘health care’ is really funding medical responses to our failure to provide ‘health’ care - which is defined as preventing illness and injury vs. responding to it.
In this context incentives aren’t nearly as important as investments when real health measures are called for.
Second. Our founding fathers wanted a nation that ensured for all the benefits of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. None of these are possible when confronted with a crippling or bankrupting medical procedure. At worst national health coverage is another federal jobs program. At best it provides a sense of individual security that is priceless. It has nothing to do with our loss of freedom.
Third. One of our nation’s greatest threats is bioterrorism or a pandemic that would affect every citizen and non-citizen alike. Do we really want catastrophically weak links in our ‘health’ care system?
And last, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes access to health care as a “universal” “human” right. This is assumed to include all Americans as well. And until we enforce this on the global level, every American will be at lethal risk from the consequences of infectious diseases be they from nature, lab accident or intentional release.
A healthy US is essential to a wealthy US.

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