All you people falling for the corptocracy view that universal healthcare would ruin what we have (causing you to have poor healthcare), you must be so far gone that you, yourself, are in urgent need of mental healthcare (either that or you are so wealthy or never had a health issue, which just makes you a callous asshole). Surely you understand that some of the best run “socialized” organizations are government funded (and run). And that we are already funding most of American’s health through some kind of tax payer funded system.
So many people believe that the vast amount of people in America are covered through employee based systems, but the numbers don’t jive and when you break it down the way Sara Robinson does in her Campaign for America’s Future article entitled, “Goverment-Funded Health Care? We’re Already Two-Thirds There“, you see that in reality, we already have government funded health insurance for 2/3’s of Americans.
The percentage of Americans who receive employer-based insurance.
The percentage of Americans who already receive some form of publicly supported health care; 43 percent directly; 25 percent indirectly because they are uninsured and thus the cost of their care is subsidized.
Sara then goes on to break it down:
This is the kind of fact that most of us know in our bones has to be true somehow. But it turns out there’s no “maybe” about it. Let’s look at the numbers.
The Fortunate 43 Percent: The Ones We Cover Directly
About 43 percent of all Americans are already getting health care that’s directly paid for, one way or another, by some level of government. Here’s the breakdown:
32 million government employees and contractors—This group includes 2.7 million federal employees; and 19.3 million state, county, and municipal workers. That’s a grand total of 22 million workers who are getting health insurance—usually from privately-contracted insurers—that’s been paid for by taxpayers.
In addition, there are an estimated 10 million+ full-time federal contract workers. They’re getting their insurance from their own employers; but since these are government contracts, we’re still paying their bills in the end.
(Note, however, that this 32 million figure doesn’t include these workers’ dependents. I made the conservative assumption that most government employees pay an extra out-of-pocket premium for dependent coverage. To the extent that that assumption is wrong, we may also be covering at least some of these workers’ spouses and kids.)
58 million recipients of Medicare, Medicaid, and state health care plans – This includes 47 million Medicare/Medicaid recipients and 11 million mothers and children covered by SCHIP programs.
27.4 million active duty military, reservists, and veterans, plus dependents—This breaks down into 1.4 million active duty troops being served by the military system; and .8 million reservists and 23.6 million veterans who are qualfied to receive care through the VA.
Active duty service members also get free coverage for their dependents. Assuming a ratio of one dependent per active duty service member, that adds another 700,000 Americans getting their care from military doctors.
3 million miscellaneous—This includes 2.3 million Americans in county, state, and federal prisons; 200,000 whose insurance is subsidized by state high-risk pools; and 400,000 Native Americans whose care is provided through tribal health services subsidized by some combination of their own tribal governments and the federal government.
TOTAL: This adds up to about 120,200,000 Americans whose health care coverage is directly paid for by the government. I’m sure there were pockets that were missed by this accounting, and I encourage readers to write and tell me about thtme.
I should now interject (read the entire article breakdown there) and explain that when someone says, “Government funded” that means YOUR MONEY! You know that, right?
Then, when you add those that are uninsured (like I am about to be), then it will be YOUR MONEY that helps pay for my burden on the scam system. The very best way to control costs is to cut out that bloated blood sucker, health insurance companies. They make it far more expensive and far less effective than many other places in the world.
Thirty-two percent. If private employer-based insurance plans aren’t even serving a third of the country any more, why on earth should Congress put the least bit of time or money into preserving them? And as long as so many of us now depend on this broad patchwork of federal, state, local, single-payer, socialized, private-insurer based plans—all paid for, one way or another, with our tax dollars—how much money could we save by simply putting everyone on Medicare, and calling it good?
Sixty-eight percent. Government-funded care is already working well for 43 percent of us, and could be working far better (on much less money) for the other 25 percent.
We are only propping up a blood-sucking leech of a system by keeping health insurance (in any form of the healthcare system) in this country. Cut them off and do this right. (I’m talkig to you, Marsha Blackburn and all the rest of you supposeded “representatives”).
I plan to document my family’s slow death spiral because of it (including the latest story of my mother-in-law who has been in the ER and shipped 1.5 hours to Memphis 3 times in the last month). And yet without a diagnosis. My family drove over 5,000 miles last year for doctor’s visits because you cannot get the care closer. I spent $23,940 last year (and I haven’t figured in the gas or the mileage).
It is a money-making scheme more than any desire or “oath” to help people get well (and run as imbecilic as humanly possible as well). My entire history in healthcare has been a huge cluster f#ck with one sole exception, Dr Richard David at Vanderbilt Hospital.
47 years of healthcare and one good example. Yeah, we have the good shit here, right… dumbass.
Let Bill Maher speak for me and explain how nice it would be to actually have some sort of competent “socialized” agency working healthcare, say like firefighters or policemen or dare we say it, even the post office.