Why we can't have nice things: Friend, do you find yourself thinking that Homer may have right all along?
Do you find yourself thinking that we human are toys of the gods? That the gods stage-manage human events for their own amusement?
We considered this possibility when we read Kevin Drum's tough-talking post about health care. His tough-talking headline said this:
"Health Care Systems Are Expensive. Deal With It."
Drum was talking tough. After some back-of-the-envelope calculations, he said we could maybe have a single-payer health care system, but it wouldn't lower health care costs. In closing, he offered this:
"Short of some kind of legislative miracle, there's really no way around this. Health care is expensive."
So true! Health care really is expensive. So are health care systems!
We lunkheads should shut our traps and deal with this. These familiar facts help prove Drum's tough-talking point:
Per capita spending, health care, 2015As you can see, health care systems are expensive! Rather, our health care system is.
United States: $9451
United Kingdom: $4003
South Korea: $2488
We're listing the standard OECD spending figures for the United States and the world's most comparable nations. We're throwing in miraculous Finland for the obvious reason.
In fact, health care systems aren't expensive; our health care system is! Among comparable nations, only Germany spends even half as much per person. But it was decided long ago:
In this nation, we aren't allowed to discuss this matter. We proles are here to get looted and conned.
The gods were laughing on Olympus when they read that recent post. In this earlier post, Drum staged a bit of self-frogmarch, apologizing for what he did, or failed to do, last summer.
Health care systems are expensive! Was a certain blogger placed on earth as a way to amuse the gods?
Ladies and gentlemen, deal with it! Homer was right all along!