According to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page, Obama’s health care plan is “downright evil”. Her comment alone shows what an idiot she is and how little she understands about affordable health care – something Americana have never had. Sarah Palin thinks that, if you make health care affordable, that will mean the very sick, the elderly, or the very young will not receive care. How wrong could she be? Dead wrong.
I grew up in the United Kingdom, a country that has always had universal health care. Everyone in the UK gets health care, whether they’re very sick or slightly sick, break a limb or just need some friendly advice from a doctor. For me, growing up in England, I thought that was normal. Then I moved to America. All of a sudden, I was paying the same government tax rate I paid in the UK, yet when I went to the hospital for a simple broken toe, I was presented with a bill for over $1,300. Of course, I had health insurance, but my health insurance company refused to pay it. Why? Because I was outside their ‘network’ when I had the toe fixed. If I’d gotten in my car with my broken toe, and driven 40 miles to a hospital that was in their network, I would have been covered. As it was, I wasn’t. For a woman who grew up with free health care for anything from a sprained ankle to brain surgery, I just couldn’t figure it out.
Nowadays, I live in Thailand. Technically still a third world country. Yet Thailand has some of the best health care in the world (so good, that Americans are now coming for medical tourism, to get it for themselves) and it’s cheap – because Thailand has a universal health care system. Every Thai, who cannot afford private health care, pays 30 baht per visit. That’s around 95 cents. And they get good care.
If you want private health care in Thailand (which, I can guarantee, is even better than American health care), you can pay for it and go to one of Thailand’s many world-class hospitals. I recently had an EKG, chest x-rays, three doctor’s visits and 11 different blood tests for a total cost of less than $200. This at one of the best hospitals in Thailand. A simiilar visit to an American hospital would have been thousands of dollars and with a waiting time to see the doctor ten times longer than I waited in Thailand (I waited 3 minutes!)
Prescriptions are cheap too in Thailand, either for Thai brands or even for imported American drugs. So, how is it that American drug companies can sell their product in Thailand, much cheaper than in the US and still make a profit? Because they’re ripping off the American consumer and the Republican Party and people like Sarah Palin are helping them.
So, Sarah Palin mouthing off that Obama’s health care plan is “downright evil” is stupid. I’ve lived in two countries that have universal health care and had better health care treatment than I ever received in the US, and for a price much much lower.
But people like Sarah Palin and her ilk don’t want you to know that. They’re receiving millions of dollars a year from the health care lobby, and the drug company lobby and they don’t want that money to dry up. After all, with that, they can afford to pay for private health care. But what about you?
So, if I have to choose between Obama’s health care plan being “downright evil” or Sarah Palin being “downright evil”, I know which one I’ll choose and it won’t be a health care system that will actually help Americans – that is, if the Republican Party will allow it.