Guest Post: 50 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is About To Collapse

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

The U.S. health care system is a giant money making scam that is designed to drain as much money as possible out of all of us before we die.  In the United States today, the health care industry is completely dominated by government bureaucrats, health insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations.  The pharmaceutical corporations spend billions of dollars to convince all of us to become dependent on their legal drugs, the health insurance companies make billions of dollars by providing as little health care as possible, and they both spend millions of dollars to make sure that our politicians in Washington D.C. keep the gravy train rolling.  Meanwhile, large numbers of doctors are going broke and patients are not getting the care that they need.

At this point, our health care system is a complete and total disaster.  Health care costs continue to go up rapidly, the level of care that we are receiving continues to go down, and every move that our politicians make just seems to make all of our health care problems even worse.  In America today, a single trip to the emergency room can easily cost you $100,000, and if you happen to get cancer you could end up with medical bills in excess of a million dollars.  Even if you do have health insurance, there are usually limits on your coverage, and the truth is that just a single major illness is often enough to push most American families into bankruptcy.

At the same time, hospital administrators, pharmaceutical corporations and health insurance company executives are absolutely swimming in huge mountains of cash.  Unfortunately, this gigantic money making scam has become so large that it threatens to collapse both the U.S. health care system and the entire U.S. economy.

The following are 50 signs that the U.S. health care system is a massive money making scam that is about to collapse...

#1 Medical bills have become so ridiculously large that virtually nobody can afford them.  Just check out the following short excerpt from a recent Time Magazine article.  One man in California that had been diagnosed with cancer ran up nearly a million dollars in hospital bills before he died...

By the time Steven D. died at his home in Northern California the following November, he had lived for an additional 11 months. And Alice had collected bills totaling $902,452. The family’s first bill — for $348,000 — which arrived when Steven got home from the Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif., was full of all the usual chargemaster profit grabs: $18 each for 88 diabetes-test strips that Amazon sells in boxes of 50 for $27.85; $24 each for 19 niacin pills that are sold in drugstores for about a nickel apiece. There were also four boxes of sterile gauze pads for $77 each. None of that was considered part of what was provided in return for Seton’s facility charge for the intensive-care unit for two days at $13,225 a day, 12 days in the critical unit at $7,315 a day and one day in a standard room (all of which totaled $120,116 over 15 days). There was also $20,886 for CT scans and $24,251 for lab work.

#2 This year the American people will spend approximately 2.8 trillion dollars on health care, and it is being projected that Americans will spend 4.5 trillion dollars on health care in 2019.

#3 The United States spends more on health care than Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia combined.

#4 If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.

#5 Back in 1960, an average of $147 was spent per person on health care in the United States. By 2009, that number had skyrocketed to $8,086.

#6 Why does it cost so much to stay in a hospital today?  It just does not make sense.  Just check out these numbers...

In 1942, Christ Hospital, NJ charged $7 per day for a maternity room. Today it’s $1,360.

#7 Approximately 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are related to medical bills.

#8 One study discovered that approximately 41 percent of all working age Americans either have medical bill problems or are currently paying off medical debt.

#9 The U.S. health care industry has spent more than 5 billion dollars on lobbying our politicians in Washington D.C. since 1998.

#10 According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. is  currently experiencing a shortage of at least 13,000 doctors.  Unfortunately, that shortage is expected to grow to 130,000 doctors over the next 10 years.

#11 The state of Florida is already dealing with a very serious shortage of doctors...

Brace yourself for longer lines at the doctor's office.

Whether you're employed and insured, elderly and on Medicare, or poor and covered by Medicaid, the Florida Medical Association says there's a growing shortage of doctors — especially specialists — available to provide you with medical care.

And if the Florida Legislature goes along with Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation to offer Medicaid coverage to an additional 1 million Floridians — part of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect next January — the FMA says that shortage will only get worse.

#12 At this point, approximately 40 percent of all doctors in the United States are 55 years of age or older.

#13 In America today, many hospital executives make absolutely ridiculous amounts of money...

In December, when the New York Times ran a story about how a deficit deal might threaten hospital payments, Steven Safyer, chief executive of Montefiore Medical Center, a large nonprofit hospital system in the Bronx, complained, “There is no such thing as a cut to a provider that isn’t a cut to a beneficiary … This is not crying wolf.”

Actually, Safyer seems to be crying wolf to the tune of about $196.8 million, according to the hospital’s latest publicly available tax return. That was his hospital’s operating profit, according to its 2010 return. With $2.586 billion in revenue — of which 99.4% came from patient bills and 0.6% from fundraising events and other charitable contributions — Safyer’s business is more than six times as large as that of the Bronx’s most famous enterprise, the New York Yankees. Surely, without cutting services to beneficiaries, Safyer could cut what have to be some of the Bronx’s better non-Yankee salaries: his own, which was $4,065,000, or those of his chief financial officer ($3,243,000), his executive vice president ($2,220,000) or the head of his dental department ($1,798,000).

#14 Health insurance administration expenses account for 8 percent of all health care costs in the United States each year.  In Finland, health insurance administration expenses account for just 2 percent of all health care costs each year.

#15 If you can believe it, the U.S. ambulance industry makes more money each year than the movie industry does.

#16 All over America, people are reporting huge health insurance premium increases thanks to Obamacare.  The following example is from a recent article by Robert Wenzel...

A California small businessman tells me that he switched healthcare insurance carriers in 2012.  The monthly premium for him and his wife was about $400, but when he received his first bill in January of this year it was for $1,200.  He hasn't been to a doctor in years, his wife has only gone for minor care.

Apparently there is some clause in the Affordable Healthcare Act that results in health insurance firms using a new method to calculate premiums. Those who have health insurance plans that have been in effect since at least 2010 are grandfathered under the old calculation method, but insurance carriers are using a new formula for new plans.

#17 Blue Shield of California has announced that it wants to raise health insurance premiums by up to 20 percent this year in an effort to keep up with rising health costs.

#18 Aetna's CEO says that health insurance premiums for many Americans will double when the major provisions of Obamacare go into effect in 2014.

#19 Close to 10 percent of all U.S. employers plan to drop health coverage completely when the major provisions of Obamacare go into effect in 2014.

#20 According to a survey conducted by the Doctor Patient Medical Association, 83 percent of all doctors in the United States have considered leaving the profession because of Obamacare.

#21 Approximately 16,000 new IRS agents will be hired to help oversee the implementation of Obamacare, and the Obama administration has given the IRS 500 million extra dollars "outside the normal appropriations process" to help the IRS with their new duties.

#22 During 2013, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs.

#23 Prescription drugs cost about 50% more in the United States than they do in other countries.

#24 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#25 Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to the CDC.  Not only that, the CDC also says that approximately one-third of all Americans use two or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis, and more than ten percent of all Americans use five or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis.

#26 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#27 In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

#28 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

#29 There were more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies that made over a billion dollars in profits during 2008.

#30 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#31 According to a report by Health Care for America Now, America's five biggest for-profit health insurance companies ended 2009 with a combined profit of $12.2 billion.

#32 The top executives at the five largest for-profit health insurance companies in the United States combined to bring in nearly $200 million in total compensation for 2009.

#33 The chairman of Aetna, the third largest health insurance company in the United States, brought in a staggering $68.7 million during 2010. Ron Williams exercised stock options that were worth approximately $50.3 million and he raked in an additional $18.4 million in wages and other forms of compensation.  The funny thing is that he left the company and didn’t even work the entire year.

#34 It turns out that the financial assistance that Barack Obama promised would be provided for those with "pre-existing conditions" under Obamacare is already being shut down because of a lack of funding...

Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low.

Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state.

#35 In America today, you are 64 times more likely to be killed by a doctor than you are by a gun.

#36 People living in the United States are three times more likely to have diabetes than people living in the United Kingdom.

#37 Today, people living in Puerto Rico have a greater life expectancy than people living in the United States do.

#38 According to OECD statistics, Americans are twice as obese as Canadians are.

#39 Greece has twice as many hospital beds per person as the United States does.

#40 The state of California now ranks dead last out of all 50 states in the number of emergency rooms per million people.

#41 According to a doctor interviewed by Fox News, "a gunshot wound to the head, chest or abdomen" will cost $13,000 at his hospital the moment the victim comes in the door, and then there will be significant additional charges depending on how bad the wound is.

#42 It has been estimated that hospitals overcharge Americans by about 10 billion dollars every single year.

#43 One trained medical billing advocate says that over 90 percent of the medical bills that she has audited contain "gross overcharges".

#44 It is not uncommon for insurance companies to get hospitals to knock their bills down by up to 95 percent, but if you are uninsured or you don’t know how the system works then you are out of luck.

#45 According to a study conducted by Deloitte Consulting, a whopping 875,000 Americans were "medical tourists" in 2010.

#46 Today, there are more than 56 million Americans on Medicaid, and it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#47 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#48 Today, there are more than 50 million Americans on Medicare, and that number is projected to grow to 73.2 million in 2025.

#49 When Medicare was first established by Congress, it was estimated that it would cost the federal government $12 billion a year by the time 1990 rolled around.  Instead, it cost the federal government $110 billion in 1990, and it will cost the federal government close to $600 billion this year.

#50 Even if you do have health insurance, that is no guarantee that medical bills will not bankrupt you.  Just check out what a recent Time Magazine article says happened to one unfortunate couple from Ohio that actually did have health insurance...

When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years.

Because Stephanie and her husband had recently started their own small technology business, they were unable to buy comprehensive health insurance. For $469 a month, or about 20% of their income, they had been able to get only a policy that covered just $2,000 per day of any hospital costs. “We don’t take that kind of discount insurance,” said the woman at MD Anderson when Stephanie called to make an appointment for Sean.

Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in advance.

By the way, that hospital down in Houston made a profit of 531 million dollars in one recent year.

So what can be done about all of this?

Well, the truth is that the status quo is a complete and total disaster, and every "solution" being promoted by politicians from both major political parties would only make things worse.

In the end, the U.S. health care system needs to be rebuilt from the ground up, but we all know that is not going to happen.

Instead, our politicians and the health care industry will just find additional ways to extract money from all of us, and the level of care that we all get will continue to decline.

If you don't believe this, just check out what Paul Krugman of the New York Times had to say recently...

We’re going to need more revenue…Surely it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well.. We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes… on the middle class, maybe a value added tax…And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, doc pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits . So the snarky version…which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.

Others are urging us to become more like Europe.

But do we really want what they have in the UK?...

Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.

Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.

Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a  baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.

In the end, my philosophy is just to avoid the U.S. health care system as much as possible.  Most doctors are just trained to do two things - prescribe drugs and cut you open.  In an emergency situation where you are about to die, those may be your best options, but otherwise I would just as soon avoid the gigantic money making scam that the U.S. health care industry has become.

But just don't take my word for it.  The following is some very sound advice from Dr. Robert S. Dotson...

Avoid contact with the existing health care system as far as possible. Yes, emergencies arise that require the help of physicians, but by and large one can learn to care for one’s own minor issues. Though it is flawed, the internet has been an information leveler for the masses and permits each person to be his or her own physician to a large degree. Take advantage of it! Educate yourself about your own body and learn to fuel and maintain it as you would an expensive auto or a pet poodle. One does not need a medical degree to:

1. avoid excessive use of tobacco or alcohol or, for that matter, caffeine;
2. avoid poisons like fluoride, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and addictive drugs (legal or illicit);
3. avoid unnecessary and potentially lethal imaging studies (TSA’s radiation pornbooths, excessive mammography, repetitive CT scans – exposure to all significantly increases cancer risk);
4. avoid excessive cell phone use and exposure to other forms of EMR pollution where possible (the NSA is recording everything you say and text anyway);
5. avoid daily fast food use and abuse (remember: pink slime and silicone) ;
6. avoid untested GM foods (do you really want to become “Roundup Ready?”):
7. avoid most vaccinations and pharmaceutical agents promoted by the establishment;
8. avoid risky behaviors (and, we do not need a bunch of Nanny State bureaucrats to define and police these);
9. exercise moderately;
10. get plenty of sleep;
11. drink plenty of good quality water (buy a decent water filter to remove fluoride, chloride, and heavy metals);
12. wear protective gear at work and play where appropriate (helmets, eye-shields, knee and elbow pads, etc.):
13. seek out locally-grown, whole, organic foods and support your local food producers;
14. take appropriate nutritional supplements (multi-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3);
15. switch off the TV and the mainstream media it represents;
16. educate yourself while you can;

And, lastly...


Doing these simple, common-sense things will add healthy years to a person’s life and help one avoid most medical encounters during his or her allotted time on earth.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that the U.S. health care system is a gigantic money making scam that is about to collapse?

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Joe Davola's picture

Happy Burning of the Reichstad Day!

boogerbently's picture

I thought obama fixed this with his "death panels"???

macholatte's picture


What’s wrong with this picture:


I have insurance……

hospital bill = $20,000

hospital writes off $18,500

total cost is now $1500

I do not have insurance……

hospital bill = $20,000

hospital writes off $0

total cost is now $20,000

Did the hospital make money when it only got $1500?


So what’s with the phony $20k in charges?


boogerbently's picture

....the inability or unwillingness to define "Fair and Reasonable."

I have had, at one point, 2 insurances (one from each job)

Either would be responsible for 80%.But I could only use one. Why couldn't the other cover the other 20%?

nope-1004's picture

Point #35 says it all.  Doctors use patients as test cases, not as individuals needing care.


Lost My Shorts's picture

My favorite was #5, $147 to $8,086 per person.  I laughed for five minutes.  I still have the hospital bill from when I was born, low three figures.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Remember this "system" is about to destroy this nation and the best our political class could do was Obamacare.

g speed's picture

We have this-and then there are the corrupt courts, the corrupt police, the corrupt military/industrial establishment, the churches full of pedifiles, non functioning educators, lying gov'ts, cheating stealing banks, lazy gang bangers, cheating lying stealing brokers and market makers, lying media, ugly stupid moviestars, a race baiting megalomaniacal  psychopathological fearless leader, greedy insipid baby kissing politicos, rising prices, falling quality, ------what's a mother to do?

TruthInSunshine's picture

It's really a truly bullish development that the relatively massive, increasing average AND median price for health care insurance that is about to hit already in-debt-up-to-their-eyeballs Stanley & Shirley Johnsons of the nation will not only wipe out whatever income/savings a scant few of them have for purchasing discretionary goods/services, but will crimp the ability of the majority who are already borrowing each and every day just to live.

This is especially true of a huge % of the population that voted for ObaMao.

"If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free." 

-- P.J. O'Rourke

And a bonus: GAO Report: Obamacare Adds $6.2 Trillion to Long-Term Deficit

Keep in mind that these are not these are not the estimates of some anti-Obama group, but of The Kaiser Family Foundation, which describes itself as follows:

A leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people.  Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.


We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.


The Kaiser Family Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.

Unaffordable Cost Seen for Some Under Affordable Care Act

...The landmark health-care law, which survived the threats of repeal and a Supreme Court review, now confronts another hurdle: living up to expectations. As the administration spells out the details, many uninsured will be surprised at how much they will have to pay. It may involve “very substantial amounts,” and “there still will be a significant number of people who can’t afford health coverage,” said Ron Pollack, head of Families USA, a consumer group that backs the law.


A family of four earning $75,000 will pay $7,125 in annual premiums and as much as $8,333 in co-pays and deductibles, according to a preliminary estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation. A single 40-year-old earning $30,000 will pay $2,509 in premiums and as much as $3,125 in cost sharing. For a 60- year-old making $40,000, the amount will be $3,800 in premiums and up to $4,167 in out-of-pocket costs, according to Kaiser.

Do you see? All those Everest, & University of Phoenixicans, who are extended-extended-unemployed or making minimum wage will be covered, families will catch that much needed "break," and seniors will rejoice! That family of 4 pulling down 75k will be thrilled to pay 15 1/2 k a year (or 20% of their total income). Those MANDATORY premiums and co-pays are only equal to an approximate 212% of most peoples' net-negative savings/extra cash!!! Wait until companies use the most ingenious methods to drop people from private or privately administered insurance onto the O-care dole.


Texas Ginslinger's picture

The scam is the American belief that they can eat bad food and live sedentary lifestyles, and fix it all later with prescribed pills.

Ed Bernays was right - people are sheeple, and will believe anything you tell them over and over and over....

Not far from where I live a major hospital rents space to a McDonald's.

That's right - a McDonald's inside a hospital...

Eating right and getting regular vigerous exercise is a pointless waste of time and $$ to the masses...  

icanhasbailout's picture

For your amusement, here's Donna Brazile's tweet today wondering why her health insurance premium went up LOL

S5936's picture

Brazile cannot be THAT naive ... Can she ? Uh , yup , it's called hook line & sinker honey !! Answered that one for myself. Thank you.

Woodyg's picture

#1 in Spending per capita on Health Care

#51 in Life Expectency -

The difference is simply Profit Taking.....

Or as they say The Business of America is Business - or is it the Business of America is fleecing the muppits?

pursueliberty's picture

No shit.  My wife and I are self employed and maternity insurance is a racket.  We will be paying out of pocket for this, her insurance kicks in when it is out of her body.  Just to get the baby out vaginally will set up back around $10k in a hospital, around $7k if we go with a midwife at home.  I'm wanting mid wife, I did a semester in L&D in RN school, and out of the 12 deliveries I saw only one needed a C Section, thus had to be done in a hospital.  All of the others could have been done on my couch. 


Hell, I might watch some youtube videos and give it a go myself.

Apply Force's picture

We have gone the midwife route which is not covered by my wife's ins (though hospital delivery would be covered) for general health reasons anyway... all out of pocket for us, voluntarily.  If we absolutely need to go to the hospital due to complications we will, but otherwise we avoid the "health care" system entirely.

I last had regular "health ins" in college about 20 years ago, and only catastrophic ins recently at my wife's behest.  If you generally take care of yourself and can comprehend causation, correlation and chance there is no need.

Just as retirement is a newer concept, so is "health" insurance - responsibility for your actions is not on most American's radar.  No matter - mass illusions like these are withering on the vine. 

Shaten's picture

I just got done with hospital care last year.

Emergency appendix.

After it wass all said and done I had bills totaling around 20k. I simply called and negotiated and cut it down to under 9k. I continued to researched it and realized my target should have been under 5k.

1) Negotiate with the hospital first. Make them take a large haicut. (usually 75% but for say 24 hours + surgery 3k is enough, for a day in bed less than 500.)

2) Use this percentage of discount and force all the billers to take the same percentage of a haircut. ( and they will to, usually you need to forward them the hospital bill so they can verify the hospital reduced it's cost).

3) and don't forget to ask for 2% to 3% off the bill for paying with a check instead of a credit card.

lasvegaspersona's picture


B I N G O 

you have IDed the problem of the at least gives one a 'contract price'...without that you are a potential (medical system) rape victim

Pizza man's picture

Why is it that every time a post about H/C is placed on this site, it is written by anti-capitalists? I never read about cronyism and healthcare. Insurance companies and rug companies are always the villians. Fine assholes, describe the system without them.

Government has fucked up our H/C system. Cronyism has polluted the private sector contributrion. And government is the mother of all Cronyism.

We need gov out of healthcare, more in the ability to sell policies in all 50 states and as Dr. Carson has stated, HSA accounts from birth.

Tort reform would not hurt.

WE ARE TOO FAT. If we had an HSA and had to buy our own care, we would think twice about those extra pounds and the costs they represent.

Just Sayin'

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Relax!  Our Surgeon General is all over this problem like butter on cornbread.

I can't can't count the number of programs she has implemented, or the times she has advocated for the American citizen.

McMolotov's picture

Surgeon General Chunky McBlubber appointed by the Smoker-in-Chief. Welcome to Bizarroworld.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



At least they got rid of the tax cheat running Treasury.

McMolotov's picture

Only to replace him with a guy who hides his money in the Caymans...

Manthong's picture

.. like lard on Wonder Bread.

Slightly Insane's picture

I prefer Wonder on LARD Bread.

Random_Robert's picture

Best belly laugh I've had in months...

Slightly Insane's picture

No way man, that's Java the HUT! 



SokPOTUS's picture

Koop wasn't exactly Atlas, either...

European American's picture

Yes, but he lived to be 96 and there is absolutely no comparison between him and aunt jemima.

Cynthia's picture

Bear in mind that Medicare, built in 1965 without robust computing technology and the like, took less than a year to build, with 19 million enrolled at the outset ( see link below). When you add up all the exchange architecture, and the calculations for subsidies, and the need to explain eligibility and attract new customers (which means call centers and perhaps telemarketers), it becomes maddening. It becomes a bloated, graceless machine out of Rube Goldberg's worst nightmare. It’s a far cry from “turn 65, sign up for Medicare, pay a premium.” The antiquated federal IT systems can handle the latter. It appears clear they cannot handle the former.

We know now that something called "ObamaCare" will exist. We don’t know how well it will work.

macholatte's picture

We know now that something called "ObamaCare" will exist. We don’t know how well it will work.


Beauty is in the eye.....

I can virtually guarantee that how well it works for the patients will not be as envisioned of how well it works for the architects of destuction. Two completely different outcomes.

Obamacare = $20,000/yr for denial of care

redd_green's picture

We do know how well it will work.  it is in place right now.    It is "lobbyist care", not Obamacare.   Lobbyists sat down with the president and congress, told them what they wanted and got it: wild, ridiculous, across the board price increases.   All of this nonsense on this blog about "government takeover" is horse crap.  its lobbyists that run teh US government, not the other way around.  Look around you!

g speed's picture

It will work till the first guy with a small health problem gets run-a-round (and his condition becomes terminal) and goes postal-- believe me it will be a whole new level of "postal" and copy cats will be everywhere.

S5936's picture

Speaking of old Rube Goldberg lets not leave Al Goldstein out of this discussion.

Bandit und Buster's picture

Good suggestions!  I would only add in regards to the internet, use a good search engine like and for any ailment first search "natural remedies for ......."  There are many remedies in spices and whole (raw) foods that cure or prevent everything from heartburn to the big C.  Many nanotechnologies are now offered to get natural substances dierctly into your bloodstream w/o being compromised by your digestive system. i.e.  Vitamin C, Glutathione, et al.  (  There is MUCH the TV and the med profession don't want you to know about natural healing. Keep in mind, our ancestors 100 yrs ago did fine w/o big pharma robbing them. Raw milk, raw eggs & raw honey are a good start. Why do you think most governments/states are so determined to shut down the sale of raw milk & dairy? Why do you think the 'statists' try to scare you about the dreded 'salminella'?  1 egg is 33,000, if I recall correctly, is found to have such. And unlike most Rx drugs rarely kills anyone.  Spend some time researching and save your $$$. This is NOT intended as medical advice, just common sense.  Proverbs 27:27 "thou shalt have enough goat's milk for you and your servants..."  and they didn't have pastuerization then!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I don't need 50 signs.  I need look no further than Michelle's monstrous rearend and all that it implies.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

One sign, many implications.  More than 50, probably.

S5936's picture

LM Shorts , + 10 on that !!! , f'in funny stuff.

Midas's picture

Are you saying it's fifty inches?

Wait, let me rephrase dat, "Yo, you sayin' dat fiddy inch?"  Thick, striaght-up.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I nominate Sir Mix-A-Lot as Secretary of HHS.  There's a synergy there.

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Yeah and WTF is Wookie doing at the Oscars and hopping around on Jimmy Fallon?

savagegoose's picture

fuck em all,  eat healthy.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Actually, fuck only one, eat healthy, and exercise is probably even better advice.

redpill's picture

And remember, stress causes more health problems than just about anything.  So crack open a cold one and don't worry about it all so much :)


Anusocracy's picture

The documented longest living person smoked cigarettes for 95 years and drank red wine.

Apparently she wasn't a heavy smoker, though.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

One word: Corporate Welfare