I read this post on Crooks and Liars and had to throw my itty bitty bit into a sea of over 300 responses. Why? Because it just galls me that both sides get distracted and want to lionize or demonize Moore and then do very little to take a look at what we have and what we need in terms of health care.
Currently, I’m ready to throw my lot in with those who want to get nationalized medical coverage for us. Beyond that–I haven’t a clue what it should look like. Right now the important thing seems to me to be that we need to tell Congress that we want a drastic change that removes the profit motive from our medical care. “Entrepreneurial freedom” and “free market” are of little help to me as a patient.
I saw “Sicko” and I saw video of the Blitzer attempt to get info out of Moore. I thought the movie was great. I think he makes a lot of great points and has got the right prinicple in mind: get decent coverage for everyone in the US.
I do wish he would have set aside his anger over being jabbed by Blitzer after about 3-4 minutes. He had reason and he avoided calling Blitzer something that had to be bleeped. But, I think he wasted some opportunities to explain his views, his movie and what solutions are most likely to be workable within our society.
Whatever people want to argue about the state of our healthcare and how awful the service and breadth of procedures available to citizens in other country there is one shameful fact that is not addressed. If you were to go to a site Child Health USA 2005, you would find how poor our rate of infant mortality is in relation to the rest of the developed world. We are 28th of 30 nations listed.
This tells me that whatever people want to do about abortion rates in the US–by legislating it away (wishful thinking)–we are willing to sit by as a society and allow babies to die at a rate almost three times that of Sweden. I grew up believing the US was a more privileged place to live in than Sweden. And it still can be. But we have to make an effort to change this and let our representatives in Congress know that we believe the health of newborns is more important than whether or not Paris H. found God in her abbreviated jail time.
Oh, yes. And what was the source of those infant mortality statistics? Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2005. Hyattsville, MD: 2005