When I was in sales, one of my closing remarks was to remind people that “most things are the same when they work, it’s when they break that you discover the differences.” If you buy any dishwasher, like all the other dishwashers, it will wash dishes However, when a bad dishwasher breaks, it will be difficult to diagnose the problem, parts will be hard to find – or expensive, and your repair tech will shake his head and say “yeah, these things are great until they fail.”
America’s version of capitalism supported ad supplemented here and there with a patchwork of socialism is broken. Capitalism itself proved to be a disastrous system many times leading up to its greatest failure in 1929. Since then the failures have been less tragic but no less numerous only because of the neoliberal belief that government’s role is to fix market failures but not replace them with government solutions. The Affordable Care Act was the last example of this where citizens are expected to purchase heath insurance through private companies and it it only where these private companies fail that the government enters to fix it, but never address the causes for the failures.
The pandemic has broken the American economic machine and in so doing, exposed many faults.
- Tying health insurance to employment is a disaster
- Expecting both parents of a family to work full time outside the home leaves no room for error
- A medical model that pays handsomely for treatment and a pauper’s sum for prevention is madness.
- Our patent system for prescription drugs and medical devices is killing us and slowing us down.
- Insulating doctors from foreign competition serves no ones best interests except our doctors.
I’m sure you can add to this list.
Its time to fix this.