|Originally posted by George Smiley |
I have a very strong belief that pharmacuetical companies should be nationalised. I just dont think that a company that makes profits off people's need for medicine can be responsible without coming under civilian control
And listening to you and Occ over what it costs for health care - $35,000 and $12,000 a year if you didn't have insurance is a completely alien concept. Just the fact that you are talking about how much things cost is an alien concept to me cos over here there is only one price for everything...(except dentists in the uk )
It's equally alien to me to give so much of your income to the government expecting them to use it to pay for your services. I'd rather keep it, and decide myself how I want to use it to pay for those things.
I have by no means a high paying job (although I work at a hospital, so I do get some breaks when it comes to healthcare) but I am able to afford every insurance I could possibly need at this time. The real "cultural" problem (sorry to be cliche) is that Americans greatly undervalue health insurance and insurance in general. They would rather buy a new SUV, plasma TV or some other extravagant accessory, than pay what they see as "wasted" money on inurance if they never make a claim. I mean look at me even. I complain about $35,000 being expensive, but that care litearlly saved my life. However, I know many people have no problem dropping that kind of money into a new car. Our priorities are just ass-backwards. Buy cool stuff first, pay for your own life second. It's kind of hard to enjoy those finer things of life if you're a corpse.