I’m kidding. Sort of. But without question the meltdown in the financial sector will have ripple effects into health care. After all, health insurance is just one more extension of the tendrils of AIG and a plethora of others just like it (although not as large, thank goodness!). At this writing Congress has not yet made a decision to accept Treasury and the Fed’s plan that costs $700 billion. If you don’t have that sour feeling in the pit of your stomach, you’re not paying attention. It’s a safe bet, however, whatever solution they finally come up with isn’t likely to improve the chances of the approximately 45 million plain ol’ folks without health insurance to finally having basic access.
My point: America’s health care plan has been in meltdown for decades and no one in the White House or in Congress has had the political will to bail it out, even though as I have suggested in my previous blogs, universal access would generate billions in increased productivity and tax revenue. Big Money, 1, Healthy Americans, 0.
Take a look at this article published today by F. Brunley Bruton for MSNBC.Com on her experience with health care in Great Britain and the United States: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26794291/. As I suggested, copying another country’s health care model is not a viable option.