[quote name='organicbmx' date='Apr 15 2006, 04:51 PM' post='75498']
for a start i live in england and we have the nhs. which people constantly complain about but in all honesty is absoluty brilliant seeing how little funding it gets.
That is the really sad part. You folks spend much less on health care and get more than we do. We pay more than any other country and yet still get crappy care and have many people uninsured.
i really feel sorry for those without a proper state healthcare system, as i do for someone without a proper welfare state. as i once heard someone say a free healthcare system is one of the basics of civilized society.
i recently saw the morgan spurlock documentory about living for a month on minimum wage. i was plainly shocked by how the minute he stepped into a accident and emergency he owed $500. it seems crazy and certainly a discrace when i know anytime i can go into my local hospital with anything wrong and have someone sort it out for free. admitedly i will have to wait for an age if it is non life threatening, but at leasts i wont owe £300 after it.
are there any people in america campaining for free healthcare?
Yes and no. I have no confidence that the current government could implement a system half as good as UK's right now. I think it would turn into a big handout to corporate lobbyists. I think the best we could hope for as a revival of the idea that low-income workers could pay to get Medicaid (where as no-income non-workers would get Medicaid free). This would at least cover the gap between the non-workers and workers who get insurance as a benefit without costing the (dramatically underfunded) Medicaid programs more. Better yet, I would like to see anyone be able to purchase Medicaid as an option, regardless of income. That would mean that commercial health plans would actually need to be competitive.
For Non-US folks, Medicaid is for the poor, Medicare for the elderly (or disabled).
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