Repubs Must Now Decide Who Is To Die

In the modern countries that have national health care—which means every one of them except ours—the unfortunate souls who are diagnosed with a serious condition such as cancer are more likely than anyone in the rest of the world to survive. That is because they will receive the very best, most up to date treatment there is.

Whether you or I survive just depends. Mostly it depends on our income. If we make as much as, say, members of Congress, who make a lot of money, and whose health care is also subsidized, our chance of survival is as good as the best.

At the bottom of the income scale no one survives cancer, because they earn so little they can’t afford health care at all. That’s not quite true right now, because the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, somewhat corrects for this inequality.

But it has been a primary Republican goal to kill Obamacare from the first day it became effective. Now, with control of the executive and both houses of Congress, Republicans are free to finally get their wish. But that also presents them with a decision they must make:

Who should be the ones who die because they are denied health care? They must decide who shall die.

Now, obviously, the chronically unemployed fit the category, because as it is well known, the only acceptable reason for being unemployed is laziness. Every Republican knows that. At the other end of the scale, people who earn adequate income should have the best health care, because as every Republican knows, income is a fitting measure of virtue.

But here’s the rub: where is the line of demarcation separating the virtuous from the lazy? The point above which most survive, and below which all die. What is the level of income necessary that we can be assured that such persons deserve a full-out effort to battle their cancer, and below which we should not bother because they are not worth it and can’t afford it?

This is the dilemma Republicans must resolve, because they are certain that a full-out effort to save a person from cancer should depend entirely on their personal income, which is a measure completely equivalent to their virtue, and therefore their value to society.

You would think that somewhere along the line Republicans would realize that bad health is bad for the country, that the only equitable health care is national health care that is available to all, that you can’t be paying billions of dollars to insurance executives who contribute absolutely nothing toward health and expect reasonable costs. But so far they haven’t. They just keep trying to kill the Affordable Care Act, again and again, but never have anything better to offer. That’s because all those old white guys just can’t get over the notion that anything national is—shudder—Socialism, and we will all end up in Siberia. Like France, I suppose.

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Published in: on 2017/04/28 at 8:49 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. The Repubs have no real answer to this question when they are pressed – but as one cynic observed the Repubs plan is to don’t get sick – but if you do die quickly so you don’t use up too many resources

    Nice observation again – sent on to some friends

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  2. In April 2015 I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The only hope for survival was a total gastrectomy (removal of the entire stomach). Now I had just completed my 80th year when told this.
    I live on a pension and do not have any private health cover.
    After various tests the operation was performed in June 2015.
    I was in hospital for nearly one month.
    When I was discharged a nurse pushed me in a wheelchair from the hospital, placed me in a cab with my wife and sent me home.
    She did not give me a bill for the cost of the operation, she did not give me a bill for the months care.
    I live in Australia and we have a socialized health care system second to none. I imagine had I have been an American and a pensioner and not having health cover I’d now be well and truly dead!

    this link may give some idea of what socialized medicine is all about

    https://lordbeariofbow.com/2016/06/24/that-year-went-quickly/

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