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Alas, poor patient…

David Horsey,,seattle post-intelligencer  (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,,seattle post-intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

In this morning's David Horsey cartoon, we see a picture of the deplorable subcultures of the United States known as the drug companies and the health care insurers operating on the poor patient, the US Health Care System.

Like most people of my age, I have friends that are dying of various ailments, for that seems to be part of aging. Most are flat-broke, and have limited or no insurance, but they still require pills and other medicaments to keep them alive, which the drug companies are eager and willing to provide, sometimes on a discount basis.

The greatest question in American health care is why can't sick people afford insurance? When you are young, hale and healthy, the insurance companies are delighted to take your money and there are great deals to be had by one and all, providing you do not have any pre-existing conditions that may come back to haunt you later on. However, when you are sick, in need of profound medical care, the price(s) for insurance escalate dramatically, and the insurance companies all agree, the health care system is healthy.

Both the insurance and drug companies spend billions of dollars annually, extolling the virtues of their respective systems, but people cannot afford insurance. People cannot afford health care.

David Horsey is right. The health care system, as it exists today, is totally bogus.


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