Tuesday, August 25, 2009

who gets health care?

I don't particularly support the outcry for health care. Its not entirely because I have had for decades what most consider a thorough and mostly employer paid health coverage. Are you 60 and can't get your HMO to do a full body MRI or anything beyond a PSA test just to have a baseline? Thats my situation.

We may waste huge amounts of money on administration and on PREDICTABLY futile treatments of terminal patients. Those expenses will be hard to back out of the system and they are snarling the present congressional debates.

But we are barking up the wrong tree. Removing from our health care burdens obesity and diet-induced diabetes and the long years of patching the living yet rotting bodies should not need a doctor's efforts but rather our own efforts. "First, do no harm", goes the doctors oath...why can't consumers be held to the same standard? If we locked the god damned cars in the garage and shuttered the fast food joints in favor of more locally produced and vegetarian diets, as you have all been hearing for most of your lives, we would mostly live longer and be healthier up until genetics pulled the plug on us. I would only really support more prevention, starting with less consumption and wiser more informed consumption. Michael Moore can easily say our health care system is sick ...but how healthy is the portly Mr. Moore? I love the depth of Moore's sympathy and courage in his long crusade for a little justice for victims of the corporate oligarchs but his thinking and arguments are at times as shallow as his sympathy is deep. When he took on GM, it was not to lambaste them for making and convincing us to drive environmentally disastrous cars for the sake of their higher markups. No, he just wanted to save jobs at buick plants. If they had made something more responsible than Buicks at those plants, we might still be buying from GM.

The fears and perceptions that power health care hysteria, made to seem so real by the bounty of pathetic poster child cases among uninsured are none the less an unbalanced view. Rather like our climate crisis, as long as the ultimate causes arising from our personal gratification and convenience are obscured by the final dire effects being so many years and stages of remove from those causes, we will only clamor for window dressing rather than solutions. There is no cure for death. But "living better" is not the consumer orgy you have been programmed to desire.

Does that sound wrong to you? Does this sound right?:

If the authorities "know" Bernie made-off does not have cancer then I know that
Bernie made-off does get better health screening that millions of Americans who did
not steal billions of dollars. What a country this is! Perhaps you too can get a good cancer screening if only you can defraud someone out of a few billions.

1 comment:

Belle Gunness said...

"But we are barking up the wrong tree. Removing from our health care burdens obesity and diet-induced diabetes and the long years of patching the living yet rotting bodies should not need a doctor's efforts but rather our own efforts."

Ah, yes, and fat-shaming. Again, typical fauxgressive male. Maybe you ought to try reading some blogs such as Shapely Prose, or this Newsweek article, so you can get it into your thick skull how difficult it is for most people to lose weight -- especially in an era of overwork, pedestrian-unfriendly suburbs, and corn subsidies -- and realize how much fat hatred is bound up with misogyny, racism, and class hatred.

But you probably won't, because even though you think you're "progressive," you still need someone to feel superior to.