Matt Taibbi takes on health care issues
After his recent expose of Goldman-Sachs, Taibbi now addresses the corrupt/inept debacle known as our health care system.
Sick and Wrong
How Washington is screwing up health care reform – and why it may take a revolt to fix it
MATT TAIBBI Rolling Stone
Let’s start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world………
The system doesn’t work for anyone. It cheats patients and leaves them to die, denies insurance to 47 million Americans, forces hospitals to spend billions haggling over claims, and systematically bleeds and harasses doctors with the specter of catastrophic litigation. Even as a mechanism for delivering bonuses to insurance-company fat cats, it’s a miserable failure: Greedy insurance bosses who spent a generation denying preventive care to patients now see their profits sapped by millions of customers who enter the system only when they’re sick with incurably expensive illnesses.
The cost of all of this to society, in illness and death and lost productivity and a soaring federal deficit and plain old anxiety and anger, is incalculable — and that’s the good news. The bad news is our failed health care system won’t get fixed, because it exists entirely within the confines of yet another failed system: the political entity known as the United States of America…..