It isn’t really a debate, I think, everyone seems to get it – it’s too expensive and too many fat cats are making too much money, but it’s not that easy to reform the system as many argue, because reforming something ultimately means that one still accepts the legitimacy and the authority of that which is being reformed. We don’t need a health care reform, we need a health care revolution. I know it’s sounds very pathos-filled, but it’s not if “revolution” is a simple term that indicates losing trust in the system as it exists now, because whether you like it or not, with private health insurance around, it’s not going to change much, too many people are making too much money and they are not going to give up, period.
It’s no wonder then that in the end the insurance companies are going to come out on top (if they haven’t already) – two articles on the matter (educate yourself):
The Health Insurers Have Already Won (Business Week)
Harry and Louise, Closet Socialists (Washington Post)
I say at this point the government should leave insurance industry be and introduce a strong public option – with all the “villainous” practices that insurance industry has invented over the years, people will flock to public option making the final (desirable) transition to the single-payer option more likely. Putting insurance companies out of business is bad, you say? I’d say for a business that does nothing but gamble on people’s health it’s probably unavoidable…