How? I mean really, a lot of people would love to change the system. We can't actually elect someone who will support single payer healthcare for all, it's made impossible by a number of factors, not the least of which is our corrupt electoral process. Short of people really getting cray cray, all we can do is try to push our politicians in the right direction, but that's tough because the system here is built to exclude anyone who actually fights for these things.Kim O'Hara wrote: ↑Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:33 amThis article has a similar theme, pointing out the incredible systemic fragility that comes from neoliberal policies in both business and health care.Read it all and weep, if you're in the US. https://buzzflash.com/articles/america- ... t-businessFor four decades, American corporations have been caught up in a whole series of refinements that are intended to improve efficiency and productivity. Our processes are lean. Our efficiency is six-sigma. Our productivity has mysteriously run far ahead of employee compensation in a way that has made CEOs billionaires while leaving workers on food stamps.
It’s a system that maximizes profit. But it’s also a system that assumes that everything can be stripped to the bare bones; that business can make do with minimal staffing, minimal supplies, minimal alternatives. Nothing is there that makes the system in the least unprofitable. The system stands like a house of glass, waiting for something to challenge its fragility.
And in the United States, health care is just that kind of system.
Like every other system in America, we now have a super-lean, infinite-sigma healthcare system, absolutely dependent on every cog remaining in place. It’s one in which there are fewer than a million hospital beds for the entire nation; one in which many, many rural counties have no hospital at all. Because that’s the most profitable way of running the system, and that’s what happens when health care is subjected to the winnowing of the marketplace—just barely enough health care, at the highest possible prices people will tolerate without demanding a change.
It’s exactly where a nation does not want to be when encountering a health crisis. And it’s why America is, unfortunately, about to get a lesson in why there is much more to a national health system than whether you pay for it in taxes or with checks to an insurance company. ...
Every intern, doctor, and nurse (especially nurse) who you ever met was overworked, because running the system on the ragged edge of failure is exactly the sweet spot. Or at least it is as far as corporations whose goal is to milk every penny from the process are concerned. ...
Then go out and work to change the system.
The amazing thing to me is how this is just "normal" here. I mean almost everywhere, until someone lands one of the shrinking number of middle class or above jobs, there is no paid sick leave, everything costs an arm and a leg. it's friggin' criminal, and yet so many of the people I hear complain about it voted for Trump, and would never consider voting for some dirty socialist. I've literally seen people on the State health exchange insurance complain about "socialism"..all while it pays for their treatment.