de Vos: America captures 37th place
August 25, 2016
You worried? Or are you confident!
These days it seems to depend upon your political stripe. Donald tells us to worry about everything while Hillary says there's nothing to worry about. Maybe we should be allowed to pick and choose our own worries.
One area that raises everybody's blood pressure is health insurance. Got enough? What's it cost? Did you buy all the upgrades and supplements? What it I'm denied? Co-pay? Long-term? Out-of-pocket? Out-of-network? Out of options?
If you've ever paid attention to a word I've written, I'm asking you to look closely at ColoradoCare. It's a damn radical concept in America. It would make health care a human right rather than a retail package subject to the whims of actuarial algorithms. You think pot rocked the boat? ColoradoCare is more seismic. Yet the calm after the storm will bring stability and enhanced financial security.
I'm tired of people going on about Canada's great health care. Canada is ranked a lousy 30th by the World Health Organization. Dead last out of thirty better nations. Why would Americans want that?
Well, maybe because we're ranked 37th, right behind Dominica, a soon-to-be-underwater island north of Venezuela with a population half of Lakewood, Colorado. They have better health care than we do. On the other hand, it's sort of sad that Global Warming is our best bet to jump to the 36th spot.
We're so proud of the Gold Medals and American victories in Rio, how can we possibly accept having 36 nations ahead of us in something as direly important to each of us like health care?
Most nations treat health care as a human right. Germany has had a successful single-payer option since the late 1800's and they're ranked 25th, twelve ahead of us.
Who says it won't work? Hah! Darn near everyone with open pockets hates it. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies buy politicians like pickles. On a still night you can hear their money trickling into Colorado like a mountain stream. The headwaters are screaming how the plan would bankrupt the state within the lifetime of your guppy.
Vermont led a quixotic attempt at a similar plan and failed for two reasons: they did not have a sufficient population and the state had inadequate medical resources to make it work. These are both things Colorado has in abundance. It will work here.
Stephen Hemsley, UnitedHealth Group CEO took home $66 million in 2014. Wayne Smith, CEO of Community Health Systems made $26 million the same year; Alan Miller, CEO of Universal Health Services, $18 million; Michael Niedorff, CEO of Centene Corp. $19 million; and that's not even the tip of the golden iceberg. Between 2000 and 2009 the top 10 health executives took home just shy of a billion dollars.
These are the folks who will be tragically reduced in circumstance if Colorado has the courage to vote for itself over the one-percenters.
If you were proud when America stood up with the Gold in Rio, then join me in asking why we can't do better than 37th in health care?
Do yourself a favor and look at what the Denver Post pointedly opposes: go to http://www.coloradocare.org and get information about health care as a right, not a privilege for those who can afford it.
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