Someone asked Amanda Palmer recently about her health insurance situation. She then asked the rest of the world.
#InsurancePoll is trending! EVERYBODY ANSWER & RT! 1) country? 2) occupation? 3) have health insurance? 4) why/not? (cost to you/employer?)
This post is a summary of my ensuing twitrant.
#insurancepoll 1) UK, 2 & 3) doesn’t matter and nope, because 4) thank Loki for the NHS
There presumably already exists more and better quality data than is emerging on that hashtag, but not more human stories.
It was a long while before I really got the conversations on American TV shows about health insurance. Because I’ve never had or needed any.
Because I’ve always just gone to the hospital and gotten anything sorted that needed sorting. Because we have an NHS.
Because some bloke called Nye Bevan had this crazy idea about treating people based on medical need rather than how rich they are.
I only slowly came to understand the American situation through the gradual absorption of pop culture. It got scarier the more I learned.
I still don’t get it. You have Medicare, so, what? Old people can’t be expected to provide for all their health needs but poor people can?
When did a profit-driven health service start seeming like a *good* idea to anyone, anyway?
Seriously, if your infrastructure for dealing with medical emergencies is driven by a compulsion to make money, what the fuck do you expect?
“But government’s so incompetent and inefficient!” Sure, let’s let rich people make our decisions for us instead. No way that’ll backfire.
Government *does* suck, so don’t just nationalise healthcare, socialise it. Let doctors et al. run things and let’s all of us support them.
A poorly formed, un-nuanced, tweet-length soundbite of an idea? Yes. And I wish anything else being said made any more sense.