Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Throw Out the Uninsured!

Imagine. The American dream. You're starting your own construction business. However, since you just started out, you don't have health insurance for your workers. You're insured through your wife's health insurance, provided through the state. One day while on a job site, one of the workers you employ, Jose, comes into work very ill. You tell him he can go home and rest, but he tells you he is behind on some car payments and he needs the money.

You wake up the next morning and feel horrible. You go to the doctor and he tells you its good you came in to see him. You had a bad, rare, morphing form of influenza that kills people within 3 days of contracting it if they aren't treated. After taking your medicine, you feel better

Four days later you're feeling well and ready to resume your job. Jose, however, is no where to be found. You drive by where he lives and hear the news, Jose died from the influenza.
But who cares about Jose? I surely don't. Had he taken the time to get the proper insurance and gone to the doctor he would be okay. Heck, who knows how many people Jose infected! In my opinion, anyone without health insurance should just be thrown out of the country.

We have too many people in America today without health care. It is believed that approximately 45 million Americas don't have health insurance as well as over a third of families below the poverty line.

"U.S. health care spending is approximately $2 trillion per year, or $6,697 per person."--Catlin, A, C. Cowan, S. Heffler, et al, “National Health Spending in 2005.” Health Affairs 26:1 (2006).

"The United States continues to spend significantly more on health care than other
countries in the world."-- OECD, in Figures 2006-2007 Health Spending and Resources.
So why the hell should we keep these people in America? All they do is live here wasting out space, breathing our air, costing us money, and taking up space when they die?

"Eighteen thousand people die each year because they are uninsured."--Insuring America’s Health: Principles and Recommendations, Institute of Medicine, January 2004.
So what should we do with the 45 Million uninsured? It would be too expensive to ship them out to somewhere else. I doubt any other country would take them anyway. But we have to get them out of here or they will just keep being a burden on society. Eating them isn't much of an option since we aren't in a time of famine like during Chaucer's time. If we have a really cold winter in 2008 we could burn them.

I've got the perfect solution!

We should just keep pretending there isn't a problem with health care and when the uninsured come to us for help, use them as science experiments to try out new procedures and cures that can be used on those of us that matter!


Anonymous said...

Or, perhaps, have a functional healthcare system like Europe has? Just a simple thought...which seems to be lacking in this blog.

Anonymous said...

To the person who commented prior to me, if you had read the info under the title of the blog you would see its all satirical type writing. I believe the author was trying to say there are problems with health care and things to be changed, such as get a functional health care system