The healthcare system conversation I didn’t have.
Posted by Lissa on September 27, 2011
It’s part of my job to entertain our clients until Boss and Pres are ready to start the meeting. As such, I have a lot of short conversations about the economy, the Dow, outdoor activities, handguns that can fire shotgun shells, cats, critters, music, grandchildren and other interesting topics. It goes without saying that I don’t tell our clients that they’re wrong (unless it’s a trivial non offensive topic).
So when Mr. P started explaining what was wrong with the country today, I smiled brightly and bit my tongue a lot.
Want me to share my new-found wisdom? Oh, I’m sure you do!
What’s Wrong With The United States According to Mr. P
– We need to be more like Sweden and take care of each other! (I did gently mention that Sweden’s going broke, but whatever; aren’t we all, nowadays?)
– We need to protest more! We need to get rid of is broken system! (No, he didn’t mean the Tea Party. And I didn’t think the UK’s riots did much for their economy or their political system.)
And, my favorite:
-We need to get rid of healthcare as a *sneer* FOR PROFIT system! You see, his girlfriend had to have surgery and was in the hospital for ten days. Do you know what the bill was? FORTY-THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! … of which her insurance paid 90%.
He condescendingly explained to me that it was wrong for people to be MAKING MONEY off this stuff and indignantly decried hospital bigwigs making MILLIONS of dollars. My smile cracking at the edges, I shrugged and pleasantly replied that good college presidents made more than that and added less value to their institutions. And then I beamed at him and fled.
What was it PJ O’Rourke said in Eat the Rich? Oh, right: “In Cuba, the healthcare is free – and worth it.”
In other news, the wonderful nonprofit British healthcare system is telling families that they need to assist with the feeding and cleaning of their hospital-bound relatives.
More thoughts on my opposition to universal health care can be found here.