Do your kids deserve health care?
Illustrious Barbara Ehrenreich ponders American healthcare in Health Care vs. the Profit Principle.
I once tried to explain to a Norwegian woman why it was so hard for me to find health insurance. I’d had breast cancer, I told her, and she looked at me blankly. “But then you really need insurance, right?” Of course, and that’s why I couldn’t have it.
This is not because health insurance executives are meaner than other people, although I do not rule that out. It’s just that they’re running a business, the purpose of which is not to make people healthy, but to make money …
After describing the mansions of fabulously wealthy Dr. Prem Reddy, owner of eight hospitals in California (which offer only those services that turn a profit), she writes of his outlook:
“Patients,” the Los Angeles Times reports him saying, “may simply deserve only the amount of care they can afford.” He dismisses as “an entitlement mentality” the idea that everyone should be getting the same high quality health care. This is Bush’s vaunted principle of “private medicine” at its nastiest: You don’t get what you need, only what you can pay for.