"You start off your book Deadly Spin with this very dramatic statistic: About 45,000 people will die in America every year because they have no health insurance. Can you explain that?
WENDELL POTTER: That’s based on a study conducted by researchers here at the time at Harvard, Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler. It was a very scientific based study to determine mortality rates, why people die. I think, probably, it’s understated. The reason for that is because uninsured people don’t have access to care in the proper setting and often at the right time. They suffer as a consequence. People forgo routine care and wait until it’s often too late to save their lives. Consequently, a lot of Americans are dying prematurely. The reason I say the number is understated is because I think there are a lot of Americans dying because they are underinsured. They have insurance but they have no idea it’s inadequate until it’s too late. They realize they can’t afford to make co-payments or they have such limited benefits they can’t get what they really need. There’s no other country in the developed world that even has to have a study to determine that. We’re unique in that regard, that just doesn’t happen in any other developed country in the world.”
What kind of society, exactly, do modern Republicans want? I’ve been listening to Republican candidates in an effort to discern an overall philosophy, a broadly-shared vision, an ideal picture of America.
They say they want a smaller government but that can’t be it. Most seek a larger national…
In this passage there is the key of everything that is wrong with America:
“Ron Paul, who favors repeal of Obama’s healthcare plan, was asked at a Republican debate in September what medical response he’d recommend if a young man who had decided not to buy health insurance were to go into a coma. Paul’s response: “That’s what freedom is all about: taking your own risks.” The Republican crowd cheered.
In other words, if the young man died for lack of health insurance, he was responsible. Survival of the fittest.”
How do you call men that have total disregard for human life?
Seems an easy question to answer, but instead it all depends on their bank accounts, in what social class they fit, if their appearance is acceptable enough, and everything becomes relative.
“Take, say, sports — that’s another crucial example of the indoctrination system, in my view. For one thing because it — you know, it offers people something to pay attention to that’s of no importance. That keeps them from worrying about — keeps them from worrying about things that matter to their lives that they might have some idea of doing something about. And in fact it’s striking to see the intelligence that’s used by ordinary people in [discussions of] sports [as opposed to political and social issues]. I mean, you listen to radio stations where people call in — they have the most exotic information and understanding about all kind of arcane issues. And the press undoubtedly does a lot with this.”—Noam Chomsky (via noam-chomsky)
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