Part 5—The things our own favorites won’t say: We modern liberals are the brainiest, most enlightened life-forms found anywhere on the earth.
That fact is widely understood. Proceed to any “liberal” site. You’ll find a string of brainy, enlightened people stating and implying that fact.
When they do so, they make us liberals feel good. They’re telling us that we’re the best!
In fairness, this behavior can produce the occasional tiny small paradox. Last week, for example, we noted the way our corporate-paid intellectual leaders treated the Trans-Pacific Partnership in recent months.
How odd! On our own cable news channel, they treated congressional victories by the TPP as part of Obama’s “best week ever,” even though the TPP is widely opposed by liberals and progressives. And not only that:
In early May, Rachel warned us, on one occasion, that the TPP might “kill huge swaths of working-class jobs.” But how odd! She never mentioned this potential problem again. Instead, she clowned in clownishly tribal ways on the selective occasions when she mentioned the proposal at all.
A skeptical person might imagine that these corporate-paid multimillionaires are insincere in some tiny small barely perceptible way. A skeptic might have similar thoughts as he watches the way these grabbers and climbers have covered the ACA down through the years and in the past few weeks.
It isn’t Barack Obama’s fault that our American health care remains the sick joke of the developed world. But that’s the continuing state of play, a fact you won’t hear from “The Puppy,” Chris Hayes, as he boasts about the fact that only 21 percent of low-income adults lack health insurance.
Seventy years after President Truman, it’s a bit of a tiny small paradox! We’re the brainiest people on earth—but we’ve never been able to institute full-blown national health care of the type the other nations have!
On your liberal cable channel, you won’t see this problem discussed. They’ll tell you about the Confederate flag, keeping you happy with that. Night after night, your increasingly bizarre Darling Rachel will tell you, in the dumbest possible ways, what Fox News is going to do with the first Republican debate.
She doesn’t tell you that CNN is basically doing the same darn thing with the second Republican debate. Nor does she discuss the fact that the RNC has signed on to these plans, which aren’t as crazy or as heinous as she says, night after night after night.
There’s something else she doesn’t do. She doesn’t discuss the ACA, any more than she discusses the TPP. A cynic would think that Our Own Corporate Multimillionaire doesn’t care about the people who have been left behind despite our self-admitted brilliance, even after seventy years.
As Rachel clowns and bangs on her toys, she isn’t going to waste your time with high deductibles and the effect they have on that woman in Illinois. Nor is she going to waste your time with the high cost of prescription drugs and the problem they present to that woman in Arkansas.
Like a long string of overpaid “liberals” before her, Our Darling Rachel shows few signs of caring about such underclass droogs. Let’s close the week with a quick review the most significant matter you won’t hear discussed on her increasingly ludicrous program, where the joy of the toy xylophone is turning liberal brains to profit-producing mush.
(Profit-producing? Your darling’s ratings seem to be up since she headed down this disgraceful, embarrassing path.)
Why is that woman in Illinois faced with that high deductible? Why is that woman in Arkansas being slammed by those high drug prices?
Your darling Rachel, who has superb health care herself, won’t waste your time on such questions. But Brother Krugman drank from that well back in 2005.
He did a series of columns that spring about our gruesome American health care. In the passage shown below, he touched on the dirtiest secret of all.
Krugman broke every rule in the book this day. He discussed how crazily bad our health system is compared to other developed nations.
This is virtually never done. Breaking the rule our own favorites won’t break, he even talked dollars and cents:
KRUGMAN (4/15/05): Britain isn't the country we want to look at, because its health care system is run on the cheap, with total spending per person only 40 percent as high as ours.Say what? On a per person basis, Great Britain was spending forty percent as much as we were on health care? France was spending a shade more than half, while getting better outcomes?
The countries that have something to teach us are the nations that don't pinch pennies to the same extent—like France, Germany or Canada—but still spend far less than we do...
Let me rattle off some numbers.
In 2002, the latest year for which comparable data are available, the United States spent $5,267 on health care for each man, woman and child in the population. Of this, $2,364, or 45 percent, was government spending, mainly on Medicare and Medicaid. Canada spent $2,931 per person, of which $2,048 came from the government. France spent $2,736 per person, of which $2,080 was government spending.
Amazing, isn't it? U.S. health care is so expensive that our government spends more on health care than the governments of other advanced countries, even though the private sector pays a far higher share of the bills than anywhere else.
What do we get for all that money? Not much.
“Amazing, isn’t it?” Krugman asked. It is amazing! And you will never see this matter discussed on The One True Channel.
In his column in 2005, Krugman cited spending figures from 2002. According to the OECD, these are the figures which obtained ten years later:
Per person spending, health care, 2012In the case of a smaller Euro-state, miraculous Finland spent $3403 per person on health care that year.
United States: $8454
New Zealand: $3214
United Kingdom: $3175
South Korea: $2142
In our mainstream press corps, we’re constantly told that we should copy glorious Finland in our public schools. We’re never told that the miraculous nation is somehow able to provide universal health care for 40.3% of our own per capita outlay. Or that the more profligate France ran its renowned health care system at 47.7% of our per capita outlay that year.
As we’ve noted in the past, the data posted above are the most striking data of which we’re aware. They’re never discussed on our corporate news channel by our own corporate hosts.
A cynic would think that he could explain that puzzling state of affairs.
Why is that woman in Illinois paying that large deducible, even after receiving assistance through the ACA? Why is that social worker in Arkansas unable to pay for her prescription drugs?
The answers are lurking inside those bloated spending numbers, which reflect large sums being siphoned away by a range of corporate interests. For whatever reason, Maddow and Hayes never quite get around to talking about this massive scam, which is executed against red and blue voters together.
Let’s compare the United States to France that year. On some undiscussed, undisclosed basis, $4409 was walking away in the course of our bloated health care spending—$4409 per person!
$4409 per person! That’s missing money which helps explain our famous stagnant wages, which may not seem like such a big deal at the corporate cable pay level. Or we can think about that missing money another way. As Dean Baker endlessly notes, our federal deficits disappear if the cost of health care in the U.S. is reduced to the level of spending in France.
Those deficits have driven our discourse for decades. They’re hiding right there in plain sight!
Will the proposed TPP kill “huge swaths of working-class jobs?”
People, we can’t answer that. We watch MSNBC!
Where does all the missing money in our health care system go? We can’t answer that question either! We’re too busy watching Rachel bang on her toy xylophone!
We liberals are sure we’re the brightest and best. Has there ever been a tribe which was so easily played?
This just in from Sanders voters: “Medicare for all” would solve this whole mess!
Liberals, please! You can run a single-payer system with grossly bloated spending. Medicare’s failure to negotiate prescription drug prices is one of the few parts of this scam which occasionally does get discussed.
Ask yourself this: Have you ever seen data comparing per person health spending on Americans over 65 to comparable spending in other developed nations?
Liberals, please! Rachel is banging away on her toy! Buzzkills like that aren’t allowed!