Wendell Potter speaks out in this segment from a recent PBS interview about the Health Care industry’s talking points memos that were circulated to Congress people and Senators, among others, that was previously successful at scaring people away from any government role in health care.
Potter admits that the systems in other countries aren’t broken, in fact they work quite well which has been documented by PBS before, and that the industry simply used the minority of examples where things went wrong in order to get people to think that those issues were common place.
I’m so sick of people, conservatives especially, decrying the ill effect of giant industry-funded lobbying groups but then they go on to repeat talking points from memos created and circulated by lobbying groups.
I wish there was a way to get these people to open their minds for just a day to the possibility that a government health care system could actually be significantly better than a privately-run one so they would see the reports on how well this is working all of the other “first-world” capitalist democracies around the world.
I know I’ve said it before but if having public library and education systems is so important to the well-being of a nation, how is health care any less important? The truth is that a completely free-market system results in the kind of mess our economy is in now because there wasn’t enough government intervention in the form of regulation to prevent it. A hybrid capitalist democracy with social programs for essential services is the ideal form of government. I believe Germnay post-WWII is an excellent example of this, but I won’t go into that now.
And how can a system that profits primarily by denying coverage and charging a bunch of extra fees outside of the monthly premium be good for the health of Americans? If a public health care option is not created, we are all responsible for even more misery and death to our fellow citizens.