The truth bombs have arrived from an unexpected source...Mr. Henry Rollins. A self-described solipsist, Henry has a cinematic and raw perspective of the world around him. Communicating through spoken word, his music, books, movies, and published musings he is controversial, scatologic, and beautifully sentient.
It sucks that the entire economy is based on dependency, financial insecurity, lifelong debt, incarceration, prolonged global conflicts, bad health, poor personal care and lethal foodstuffs. Remember what all those beansprout eaters were called decades ago? Health food freaks. That’s the gastrointestinal equivalent of “Looks like we got ourselves a reader ...”
I figure that any health care plan that can truly serve vast amounts of people in America isn’t in the cards. It would have surfaced decades ago.
The solution would be healthcare as a public utility. As described back in the 1920s:For public utility regulation to be considered appropriate or for that industry to be “affected with public interest,” early courts and legislatures agreed that two conditions should be met: (1) that the industry meets “an important human need” (i.e. necessity); and (2) some feature of the market presents a “risk of oppression” (i.e. power).--Charles Wolff Packing Co. v. Court of Indus. Relations, 262 U.S. 522, 538 (1923); Block v. Hirsh
If there had been the will or forward thinking imagination, health care would be a utility. You can read about An evolution of medicine--charitable entity to market power but as Henry states--that ship has sailed. "The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t make its profits on health, just as weapon manufacturers don’t earn their keep when there’s an outbreak of peace."
Nature has it wired. Cancer, plague, viruses, parasites and other grotesque, microscopic killers are there to thin the herd. Of course we fight back. This being the case — along with other factors such as our inability to always play well with others — not everyone is going to have a long, healthy life.
American capitalism is a blade. It’s going to disembowel someone. On a good day, it’s not you.
Health care, like justice, is for those who can pay for a favorable outcome.--HR