People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.
–Investors Business Daily commenting about the Health Care of Lifelong Brit Stephen Hawking
People in the US who have no real exposure to Universal Health Care of any stripe always want to tell you about how bad it is; and therefore by comparison how awesome (51st in the world) American Health Care ™ is.
It’s just that it’s so not the case. The only advantage one achieves in the States over a place with Universal Health Care is the CashKey system.
The CashKey system works like this; with enough cash no door is locked to you and no barrier can really stand in your way.
So if you want a new knee or some extra skin cut loose; toss some money at a doctor (or a hospital board member) and you’ll get right into an operating theatre that day. Maybe you have a benign (but painful) tumor, cash money, cash money. Money money, dolla dolla bill y’all!
That’s all well and fine; but doesn’t that set up a tiered system that places profit over health care?
Well, yes. Yes it does.
So, what about Sir Hawkings? What about him?
Had Mr. Hawkings been born into a family without cash or to Middle Class parents without Health Insurance, how would Stevie Hawkings be doing now? Why not ask a disabled homeless person about their life? How about all those folks in Appalachia with no doctor (because there’s no profit in serving those poor areas, get it)
How about this mind-blowing statement; if your school received government money to educate you; you have an obligation to serve society as a whole. It’s as simple as that. If your education was in any way funded by cash from taxes or public funds; then you spend at least the first part of your career serving the public good and paying back society.
But there’s no money in that, is there?