What Good Is the Government?

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

No, I'm not joining a militia.

I'll make this rant quick and dirty.

Watching the government's effort to fix America's broken health care system flounder and fall apart is more than disheartening, it's outrageous. 

According to the World Health Organization, the U.S. has the worst health care system of all industrialized nations.  That's right, we're last.  Nineteen out of 19.  Throw in the rest of the world and we're 37th.  Right behind Costa Rica and well behind the bustling metropolises of Oman, Singapore, Colombia, Cypress and Dominica.  I don't even know where Dominica is.  And Colombia?  The drug lords are taking care of their folks in a better fashion than us?  Researchers also put us last in the category of "preventable deaths."  Dead last. 

U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

My point is this-- if our elected officials can't come up with and pass a health care system that is as good as anyone else-- OR AT THE VERY LEAST GETS US OUT OF LAST PLACE-- then our congressman and senators are flat out useless.  A co-worker put it in even more stark terms yesterday-- if a popular president with a 60-40 majority in the senate can't get his health care plan passed, forget it, because it's never going to happen. 

Then you look at one of the leading politicians in the "fight" to reform our system, Max Baucus.  The Democrat from Montana has taken $1.5 million dollars from hospitals, insurers and the rest of the very industry he's trying to write legislation for.  I have a feeling the hospitals and big insurance companies are going to get exactly what they want-- no change whatsoever and scum like Baucus will just get rich and keep living off his excellent health care plan provided by the government, i.e. you, i.e. the 50+ million Americans without health insurance.

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) - leading recipient of campaign contributions from hospitals, insurers, and other medical interest groups hoping to shape health care legislation

What an embarrassment.  I don't know how you would do it, but if there's a way to blow up Washington (No, not literally!) and just start from scratch, I am all in favor.  The number of elected officials who actually give two rips about their constituents has to be able to be counted on one hand.  I don't trust any of them and if they can't even come up with a decent health care system for America they should all be thrown out of their offices on their upper-class, lily-white butts.

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