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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...

17. QUESTION AUTHORITY!

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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Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:23 | 3282867 pashley1411
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If I recall, during the Hillary-Care debate of 1993, Buchannan wrote that if Congress nationalizes health care in 1994, by 1997 they would be hunting down the last few Democrats with dogs.    

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 15:46 | 3282880 Slightly Insane
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Dr Robert Dodson - very sage advice, with one omission (intentional) - Quit the whole Insurance Scam thing - become "self insured" .... If you starve the monster then it will die .... just don't be too close when it goes under.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 15:51 | 3282898 Slightly Insane
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I think once the Health Care system collapses, it will take with it Pharma, Insurance, Lawyers & the whole Malpractice Industry, and the medical device field (equipment & disposables).  I don't think it will take even a year of Obama Care and the whole system will be insolvant.  (Cash out now).

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 15:54 | 3282908 BillyOblivion
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"""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. """

 

Bullshit. 

 

Most doctors are conditioned by years of exposure to the American Public to believe that if they tell you to stop stuffing your pie hole, exercise more, fresh air and sunshine, avoid excessive alcohol etc. you'll just come back in a week still whining, so they give you pills.

In 40 years of listening to doctors my experinces is they'll give you a pill to stop the problem NOW and advice how to keep it away. And they don't expect you to follow that advice. 

 

If you talk to your doctor *before* you have problems (routine bloodwork and paying attention to your body) he'll tell you what to do to adjust it, or refer you to a nutritionist. (My wife's doctor prescribed her "pills" for a problem. Those "pills" were B-12 because her bloodwork showed her deficient in it, as an example). 

 

To quote the commerical currently playing on the radio "After I was diagnosed with Diabetes I felt fine so I didn't take my medication until I had my first heart attack...". Wanna bet that he didn't stop eating nachos and drinking pepsi by the bucket either? 

 

The doctor isn't there ot make you live right. He's there to fix what you broke, and when his experience is that folks who broke it don't want to work to fix it. 

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 15:53 | 3282910 WillyGroper
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Well, look who's talking. With pretty candles behind him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9u2Lf0DdzA

Death panels about 2:20 in.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 15:56 | 3282923 rustymason
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The baby-boomers sucked the life out of this country. On their watch, we embraced total racial, ethnic, social, economic, legal, cultural, and religious destruction. What a whirlwind. Too late to undo the damage because the country is completely destroyed now, but I'll still be so glad when that crop of Marxists and soft libtards is gone.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:08 | 3282972 WillyGroper
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Looks as though a rusty hanger missed one.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:03 | 3282948 q99x2
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Well healthcare is one thing we won't have to worry about once the 1.75 billion hollow points start flying.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:03 | 3282951 rustymason
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"Procedure X will save X number of lives per year ..." How stupid are these stats, as if people will never die. Does anyone in control have any long term perspective at all?

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:04 | 3282952 sschu
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Medical system broken - check

$1T in student loans, 10% delinquent, 30% insolvent, non-dischargeable - check

50M people of food stamps - check

9M people on SSDI - check

11M new citizens, 80% that will vote for more government - check

10M people now permanently unemployed - check

Government borrows $1T / year - check

Federal government owes almost $17T - check

Big business/government corruption - check

Banks ripping everyone off - check

Media holding no one to account - check

People scared to confront reality - check

Pick your issue - check

Societal collapse - not that far away

It is almost like someone wanted this to happen.  Is anyone really that surprised?

sschu

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:11 | 3282994 WillyGroper
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If you can get the populace to kill each other, that solves a good part of the medical issues & saves .gov on hollow points.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:08 | 3282966 European American
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Considering that we live in a War Zone (under constant bombardment), best to make every effort to take the path of Prevention, i.e. the path of least resistance; eat organic non-GMO foods out of your own garden; Get plenty of Rest; Exercise daily; Stay out of Cities, Meditate, Breath Fresh Pure air (where ever one can find it), Drink Pure Water, Be Happy.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:10 | 3282986 YouAreBliss
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The problem are the Drug Companies - like Wall St - they have captured their Regulators and Doctors:

Watch "Marketing Madness"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb7VyDxJP9E

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:15 | 3283010 zrussell
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I was lucky to be one of the last to get a Kevorkian kit of eBay. I think I'm going to need it.

Also, what were they giving to the hospital patients- in Schindler's List?

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:21 | 3283033 WillyGroper
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What is a KK?

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:16 | 3283014 Kastorsky
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I rarely use "health care" services, but when I do I don't pay a shit.

Just ignore the bills.

Works like a charm.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:19 | 3283021 DutchR
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I like to know what happens when you take money out of the equation.

 

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:17 | 3283651 tickhound
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I've been told very-very bad things, systemically bad things would happen... for all mankind.

Just ask poor people.  You'll find even people without money will tell you they need it.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:25 | 3283053 aerojet
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What's funny (not really), too, is that when the dot-com bubble burst, the only IT thing still at all lucrative was healthcare, so guess where everyone went?

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:27 | 3283066 KickIce
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For the most part, our system is not about healing but controlling pain and discomfort.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:51 | 3283151 TheOldMan
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I had an ER "adventure" a couple of years ago that turned into a 5 day hospital stay. The total cost was about $64k. If I paid it within a week, they would settle for $17k, which is about what BC eventually paid. Yes it was expensive but OTOH they did keep me alive when room temperature was rapidly approaching.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:57 | 3283186 tony bonn
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michael - you are my new hero - you almost went far enough but failed to indicate the source of all of this theft - the rockefeller axis of evil which owns health care lock, stock, and barrel, and why its hand selected puppet soetoro rammed health fraud down our throats....

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 16:58 | 3283192 Kirk2NCC1701
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America the Beautiful, wherefore art thou?  Will God's Grace shine no more on thee? -- Just askin', if I were religulous.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:38 | 3283239 NuYawkFrankie
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Throw out ALL that pharma sh!t.

Grow a Herb Garden. Let THAT be your medicine cabinet.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:15 | 3283247 Kirk2NCC1701
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I don't think it's so much a question of how "Affordable" we can make Sick Care, as how much less Super-Profitable we can or dare to make it, given TPTB.  Now that the big banks, big everything is involved, it cannot but become a Ponzi racket.  Basic like F=ma.

The system is infected and close to the Blue Screen of Death.  When Ctrl-Alt-Del (Soft Reset) no longer works, it's time for a Hard Reset:  For a laptop, hold the On/Off button for 5-10 seconds, for a forced shutdown at the HW level.  Then remove from power supply, remove battery and hold the On/Off button for a bit again (to discharge the capacitors).  That is a full & proper RESET.  Figuratively speaking.

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:20 | 3283260 Philippines
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Haha, your lifestyles and even way of thinking of life and diet and whatever dictates you need hospitals. That's a nice crutch. Enjoy your slavery.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:21 | 3283263 msjimmied
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The Steven D used in the article had a wife named Alice. Citizenship does carry burdens.

"

Does Alice have neighbors? Does she have friends? Where were they, what did they — and by that I mean we in some earnest and patronizing way — do about this?

The burden of citizenship is to share in, and hold people to account for, the injustices experienced by our neighbors. Alice was fucking ripped off to the tune of any semblance of economic and financial security she might ever have had at the very moment that her husband was dying of cancer. This is beyond awful. This is mortal sin in any religion worth the name. This is pure evil...A good society depends on an active public, first and foremost. A society that has allowed the predations of the powerful to become purely private matters mediated via “markets”, courts, academies, and bureaucracies, that has delegated “activism” to a mostly protected professional class, is nothing more than a herd hoping that today it is somebody else who will be slaughtered.

Is that who we are?"

"

http://www.interfluidity.com/v2/4013.html

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:56 | 3283297 Radical Marijuana
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OF COURSE, "the U.S. health care system is a gigantic money making scam that is about to collapse!" Almost everything is dominated by legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, that are automatically getting worse.

Those who say "avoid that system as much as possible" have the only short-term practical advice, except that is pathetically inadequate to deal with the runaway nature of that overall system. The USA is preparing to impose democidal martial law, as the most probable response to its overall collapse into chaos, caused by the almost total triumph of controlling civilization through financial frauds, which its crazy medical crises are very significant aspects of. The majority of Americans continue to be quite clueless, although they may intuitively know ... Most of the readers on Zero Hedge already understand that situation somewhat. However, in my view, practically everyone still operates through world views based on false fundamental dichotomies, which means that their "solutions" to these social sicknesses are almost always presented as based on impossible ideals, which MUST CONTINUE TO BACKFIRE BADLY!

"The pharmaceutical corporations ... the health insurance companies ... both spend millions of dollars to make sure that our politicians in Washington D.C. keep the gravy train rolling."

The central core to the political processes is their funding. That is where the feedback of profit from fraud reinvested in more fraud has already achieved a runaway speed. There appear no feasible means to stop that juggernaut. Becoming the ROAD KILL of the established systems is the most probable future for the majority of Americans. To do something sufficient to change that trajectory towards tragedy would require a series of political miracles. The theory of that series of political miracles would have to begin with understanding how the following historical processes made the systems that exist now:

MILITARY SYSTEM => MONEY SYSTEM => MEDICAL SYSTEM.

TO FIX PROBLEMS REQUIRES GOING BACK THROUGH THOSE.

The fundamental social fact is money is backed by murder!

The medicine controlled by money becomes death controls.

To actually fix those problems in realistic ways requires that we return to their roots, which were the death controls in the murder systems. Those are what explain how and why we ended up with the monetary systems that we have. Those also explain how and why we ended up with the medical systems that we have. The foundation of the real systems through and through are the history of militarism, operating death controls via the maximum deceits.

THE ONLY REALISTIC AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS MUST BE BASED ON RADICAL PARADIGM SHIFTS IN MILILTARISM, IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSES OF THE DEATH CONTROLS, AND THUS, THE MEANS OF THE MURDER SYSTEMS.

The basic problems are that political economy is inside of human ecology. Therefore, the financial aspects of the medical systems should be understood within the overall human ecology contexts. Of course, that appears to require a series of political miracles, since the already established systems operate on the basis of runaway triumphant deceits, which are the foundation of the history of militarisms, which enabled the historical War Kings to become Fraud Kings, and then for the Fraud Kings to take over the medical industries, in order to transform those medical industries to serve the interests of the Fraud Kings.

The history of the American medicine is the history of the fascist plutocracy taking control, by preferential funding of those institutions, and politicians, in a vicious feed back of PROFIT FROM DISEASE, that has been growing for more than a Century. Therefore, the problems with that medical system are aspects of the overall problems of the runaway fascist plutocracy, building a fascist police state, to advance its interests.

There are lots of details to that history! One may skim through lots more bla, bla, blah on that topic in this forum thread here:

http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/forum/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=CMPmarijuanapa...

As with all the topics related to American debt slavery having numbers which are becoming debt insanity, and the more than a Century long history of that picking up speed at an exponential rate, so too the American medical madnesses have a long history, which are automatically getting worse, faster ... Furthermore, just as so many other aspects of the runaway triumph of the fascist plutocracy/fascist police state systems are rapidly reaching some breaking points, towards unprecedented tipping points, so too the medical systems aspects (which are very significant components) are rapidly heading towards psychotic breakdowns, and related collapses into chaos, since controlling society with triumphant frauds, (including the funding of science driving the worst of all, which is fraudulent science) ARE ALL AN INTERCONNECTED SYSTEM, PRIMARILY SET UP BY THE BANKSTERS, AND THE CORPORATIONS WHICH GREW UP AROUND THOSE BANKSTERS.

Moreover, ALL those problems track back to the fundamental facts, which can not be made to disappear, but THEORETICALLY COULD be changed through paradigm shifts with respect to understanding those fundamental facts, resulting in systematically different sets of behaviours based on those paradigm shifts in understanding.

The most basic of those FACTS is that money is backed by murder, and must be. It is impossible to operate a real medical system that does not do death controls. Any other views can only be the same old false fundamental dichotomies, sustaining impossible ideals, that are promoted by professional liars, and immaculate hypocrites, whose actual behaviours cause the opposite things to happen in the real world than their impossible ideals assert are their goals.

Medicine actually is inside militarism, because the money system is actually inside militarism. Both the medical system and the monetary systems have become runaway frauds, because successful militarism was based on deceits. There is an infinite tunnel of those those deceits, which includes all of those who assert that there should be no murder systems. Americans have achieved the supreme paradoxes of the most triumphant fraudulence taking over almost complete control of their civilization, as well as having that also almost totally dominate the rest of the whole world too!

Postmodernizing medicine demonstrates the general paradox throughout our current runaway Neolithic civilization, through which advances in science and technology are mostly employed inside of the old-fashioned social pyramid systems, which are based on ignorance and fear, whereby a tiny minority is able to control the vast majority. "The U.S. Health Care System Is About To Collapse" because the globalized Neolithic civilization is about to collapse. The overall systems of electronic fiat money frauds, backed by atomic bombs, has the same pattern inside of its medical systems as everywhere else, namely, awesome special effects used to tell the same old stupid stories.

The basic problems of human ecology have been resolved by the ruling classes developing systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, throughout every aspect of Neolithic civilization. Therefore, prodigious advances in basic biological sciences and biomedical technologies were expressed through the social pyramid systems, namely, a human ecology with Zombie Sheeple controlled by Vicious Wolf People.

Within the medical systems, the vast majority of Americans are Zombie Sheeple, who are being fleeced and slaughtered. As always, those doing that are the best professional liars and immaculate hypocrites that money can buy, ineffectively resisted by a controlled opposition, that bases their positions on the same old sets of false fundamental dichotomies and impossible ideals. Therefore, we have the increasing emergence of "death panels," opposed by people who assert that there should be "no death panels" ... which results in continuing to default to having the worst possible actual "death panels!"

In fact, the only realistic solutions are systematically better death panels, which operate throughout the military, the monetary, and the medical. However, of course, instead, it is practically a waste of time to bother to write things like this to point that out, since the already established systems have to drive themselves through more madness, and collapse, before it MIGHT be possible for there to be enough real, radical, revolution to respond to that. At present, there is the overwhelmingly dominant established systems of triumphant frauds, opposed mostly by a few reactionary revolutionaries, who have NOT changed the basic ways that they think, but rather still use the same old-fashioned notions and language that the established systems also do. That entire established system is made up of BOTH the ruling classes, AND their controlled opposition.

There is almost nothing significant outside of that, but, THEORETICALLY, it must be something outside of that which provides the profound paradigm shifts which are necessary for really practical solutions, which MAY emerge from the context of the established systems significantly collapsing. The globalized American systems are manifesting the paradox of final failure causing collapse, due to too much "successful" fraud. Fraudulent military, driving fraudulent money, driving fraudulent medicine, all of which means that everything is built on foundations of triumphant frauds, whose longer term consequences MUST cause that whole structure to collapse. Of course, even deeper are the reasons WHY there must be some murder system, backing up some money system, within which operates some medical systems, and WHY those ended up all dominated by runaway triumphant systems of deceits!

There could not be any better sets of social solutions which do not address those paradoxes directly. However, at present, there are barely any signs that that is remotely possible, but rather, that that would take a series of political miracles, which MIGHT be possible only after things get even worse, and the collapsing into chaos becomes more obvious and undeniable. However, when the final psychotic breakdowns of astronomically amplified frauds finally happen, it appears that it will then become something too little, too late, to attempt to understand that better, and thereby respond better to that social situation.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:04 | 3283389 Squealgies
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Really, this is AWESOME.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:30 | 3283476 Jethro
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so good, I guess I had to post a reply twice.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:29 | 3283477 Jethro
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At first, I felt like I was reading a Dr. Bonner's Magic Soap label, but then, as some of what you said sank in...I got a cool, tingly feeling.  I get what you're saying.  The problem is that there are far too few people "awake" to either realize what is going on around them, and even fewer to effect any sort of meaningful change.  What you are hoping for is a version of beneavolent punctuated equalibrium, when what we'll get is a mass die-off (metaphorically, and possibly literal as well).

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:02 | 3283817 Radical Marijuana
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Yes, Jethro, you summarized my view correctly:

"What you are hoping for is a version of benevolent punctuated equilibrium, when what we'll get is a mass die-off (metaphorically, and possibly literal as well)."

I am HOPING that we could evolve some better human ecology, more benevolently, where the punctuation does not become so extreme as to cause a mass die-off. However, in order to do that, far more people would have to "awaken," and "awaken" effectively enough. The alternative, of too many Americans continuing to be Sheeple, still advised by those who tell them they should become better Sheeple, will result in things getting worse, until the collapse into chaos becomes too catastrophic to comprehend!

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:49 | 3283533 medium giraffe
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As such, a resource based economy is the only logical solution.  Manage what you have, don't poison or over-populate the only planet that you can survive on.  Develop technology to set you free and then find occupations that benefit your community - you might want to be a Doctor because you actually want to help people.  What's the incentive?  Mutually beneficial co-operation and the freedom to discover and learn, have fun and live in peace.

'But gee, that sounds like a load of Commie bullshit'

Yes, it does if you are still thinking in old-paradigm terms of money and selfish ownership.

If we had set out to create the perfect system to generate tons of toxic rubbish, murder countless lifeforms and breed hatred, we may have come up with the system we have now. 

Now if we could only manage these falsely generated and overwhelmingly massive egos we all have (me included - I need help!), we might start getting somewhere.

One planet, one species and finite resources.  What a stupid race of bald apes are we.

"a human ecology with Zombie Sheeple controlled by Vicious Wolf People."  Nailed it, Sir. +1

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:06 | 3283606 tickhound
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Wait... You're asking me to just give up on decades of "sweat of my brow" conditioning?  Heresy.

I am to build monuments to myself all over the fucking place or die trying... It's the only way to bring the harvest.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:03 | 3283386 DaveA
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Please let it collapse happen while I'm still young, uninsured, and not suffering any complicated, life-threatening illnesses. Only when this teetering edifice finally plunges into its cellar hole can the rebuilding begin. Like other poor countries, we'll probably end up with a two-tier medical system: Private hospitals where patients pay up front for prompt, expert treatment, and free public hospitals dispensing generic antibiotics and painkillers with a "come back in three days if these don't work".

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 20:52 | 3283953 10mm
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Save one round for yourself lad.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:13 | 3283418 medium giraffe
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Hey America - ever wonder if they're just seeing how far they can push you?

NWO to do list:

1.  Destroy America

...

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 20:11 | 3283838 Bandit und Buster
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From "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of  Sion": 

from Protocol #9:  When we have accomplished our coup d’etat we shall say then to the various peoples: “Everything has gone terribly badly, all have been worn out with sufferings. We are destroying the causes of your torment—nationalities, frontiers, differences of coinages. You are at liberty, of course, to pronounce sentence upon us, but can it possibly be a just one if it is confirmed by you before you make any trial of what we are offering you.”...Then will the mob exalt us and bear us up in their hands in a unanimous triumph of hopes and expectations. Voting, which we have made the instrument which will set us on the throne of the world by teaching even the very smallest units of members of the human race to vote by means of meetings and agreements by groups, will then have served its purposes and will play its part then for the last time by a unanimity of desire to make close acquaintance with us before condemning us.

          "In everything, we are destroyers--even in the instruments of destruction to which we turn for relief...We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands."  - Maurice Samuel, You Gentiles, pages 152, 155, and 147.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:57 | 3283530 NuYawkFrankie
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"Your gallbladder as a profit-center" - discuss.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 18:56 | 3283539 ekapp2@comcast.net
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The system won't collapse but it will change...very, very slowly.

The rest of the world figured out that they couldn't afford capitalistic greed in healtcare a while ago....yes at different times, for different reasons, and in different ways, they all proved universal care is a better path for their nations and for economic reasons as well (healthy work force, cost of uninsured, etc.).

They all took 20 years each to adjust their systems to the personality of their respective nations. SO BUCKLE UP! This will be a long and rough ride as we are going to have to pay off the "poor" companies and industries that will have to suffer a loss of revenue/business to let it happen.

If (when) we suffer a massive depression/recession at the end of the QE/fiat cycle (in one - five years?, who knows) that so many are blind to, the number of people without jobs, money, support, etc., will force the issue that "we" as a nation have to provide the most basic safety net of health care (NOT health insurance) and people will view as a blessing that the ACA was started when it was.

The high costs and consolidation (loss of private phsycians to HMO and ACO and "groups") you see now are the industries trying to squeeze out every last penny before the change starts....This is only the beginning of the turmoil.....

 

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 20:02 | 3283745 Downtoolong
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a single major illness is often enough to push most American families into bankruptcy.

When the answer to the question, “how much does it cost” is “how much have you got” , you know there’s a problem.

This is why I like gold as an investment. It has a built in insurance policy against catastrophic loss. If they come looking for your gold to settle ridiculous medical fees and charges that put you into impossible debt, just tell them you lost it in a crap game.

   

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:49 | 3283770 Bandit und Buster
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Education and drugs to dumb down the population:

 

"It is necessary to gain the common people to our

order. The best means to that end is  influence in the schools."

(The Jewish Founder of the Illuminati, Adam Weishaupt)

 

     "A mind that is positive cannot be controlled. For the

purpose of occult dominion,  minds must therefore be rendered

passive and negative in order that control may be achieved.

Minds consciously working to a definite end are a power for good

or for evil." (Occult  Theocracy, p. 581)

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 20:51 | 3283946 steve from virginia
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Something else to concern yourselves with: 40% of US farmers over 55 years of age.

 

http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/demographics.html

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:17 | 3284322 MikeMcGspot
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Excellent report Steve. Easily linked to the healthcare topic.

30% of US physicians are over 55 too.

I expect the healthcare reform act to really crank up stress on the healthcare system because as insurance coverage expands it is logical to assume that patient volume will increase.

Depending how things play out, this could bode well for rural healthcare I could imagine a number of Docs looking to move out to the country, get a little Retirement or Residential Lifestyle farm to check out.

Join a local clinic or regional med center part time or start a store front operation.

In my younger days I recall getting to know a farmer as I worked with one of his kids on the railroad and we used to bust clay pegions behind the barn or walk for pheasants though the corn stalks now and then.

Anyway this guy had 7 sons who all grew up on the farm and could work it well but he never wanted to take a vacation.

Finally when he was about 70, they forced him to take a week off and take their mom to Hawaii.

I’m happy to report all the cows got milked properly by the boys.

Duane and his wife had a great time on their vacation.

They were both happy to get back home.

Life is so interesting.

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 20:51 | 3283948 10mm
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But but Jane Fonda can do so can we.Well if we had lots of time,being a non slave and of course wealthy enough to live like every day is a Saturday.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 21:38 | 3284093 dolph9
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Healthcare cannot grow to be 100% of the economy.  Then there would be no other economic activity.  Just as government cannot be 100% of the economy.

Well before that happens, hospitals and insurance companies alike are going to be going bust.  Nobody will see it coming.  The reason is that as they bankrupt people, they will find that they lack any paying customers left.  Pyramid dynamics at work.

 

The problem with credit inflation is that it convinces every actor in society...individuals, sectors, businesses, governments...that they can grow to infinity.  People begin to believe in "prosperity for everyone" and "everyone will be a millionaire and will live forever" without actually thinking it through.

In reality, the wealth of the world is finite.  Wealth can grow for some, yes.  I do not doubt this.  But it is finite.  One person's gain is always another's loss.  One business's gain is always another's loss.  One nation's gain is always another's loss.

Healthcare is subject to this reality just like everything else.

 

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 22:21 | 3284191 Westcoastliberal
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Just found this article on health care in Mexico.  The price may have increased since this was published in 2009, but then the deal was those in Mexico (including expat Americans living there) pay a max of $250 annually and everything is pretty much covered including vision and dental.  Some procedures and medicines are excluded, but WTF! Boy are we getting ripped off!

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-08-31-mexico-health-care_...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:04 | 3284486 MikeMcGspot
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From the advice colum by Dr Dobson an interesting double take on definition and a huge investment line in Healthcare now. EMR

"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)."

EMR = Electronic Medical Records in Healthcare.

Think of ER companies like Epic, GE, Siemens, McKesson, Cerner, and other large associated companies in document management Chart Max, MedPlus, Highland.

This list does not address Lab, Cardiac, Pharma.

US Healthcare is so dependent on information technology.

Though I have no idea how much money is in field now, it is a huge chunk of jack.

I wonder if the Tylers could spin somone up on this or provide a link on previous article addressing Healthcare IT?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:56 | 3284636 Apply Force
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EMR = Electro Magnetic Radiation (from your cell phone, cell towers, your computer, etc, etc, etc).

How fast has the incidence of brain tumors climbed since cell phone use...?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 05:20 | 3284968 S5936
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I'll go with # 34, " pre-existing conditions programs" shut down by March 2nd... Sorry unbelievable gullible proles & libertards were out of dough for that one ... Already !!!!!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:59 | 3285213 laosuwan
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Do you believe that the U.S. health care system is a gigantic money making scam that is about to collapse?

 

I believe that the U.S. health care system is a gigantic money making scam and that the usa is about to collapse

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 21:27 | 3288534 W0TM
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Doctors qutting (for good) is being WAY understated.  Doctors not wanting to alarm patients not announcing departure until the day AFTER they lock the door. 

I have three cousins all over 55 all who had planned to work all their lives.  All healthy - had 10 to 20 years to go of helping people which is why they kept working (they accumulated enough to comfortably retire years ago) - all three retired end of year.  One didn't tell his spouse until he had closed! My doctor is 36 and she told me (we're also good friends) "I'm trapped! I still owe $150K in student loans, live in a trailer, drive an old car and Obamacare is going to cut my income another 40%. My senior partner is retiring so I pick up all his patients.  Whoopie!  14 hour days!  They did NOT tell me this in med school!"

Top name med schools having to RECRUIT offering free rides spending the billions they have in rainy day funds.  This is a 500 year F7 hurricane! 

 

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