The news of the loss of Robin Williams is saddening. I however can't help feeling that it is the shared delusion of a better place to go that was likely the cause. This is not a new idea as suicide to speed along the journey to "heaven" that caused the church to announce that it was a sin. Those who say religion isn't harmful if practiced alone I believe are mistaken or have never lost a loved one who was alone with their ideas of a better place. Maybe this idea is ill timed, but I have seen many instances where life was lost due to someone hoping for the promised land because their ideas were allowed to manifest unchallenged.
Just my thoughts
It's true that we look like crap when compared with other industrialized nations.
The challenge with any health care system is to find the sweet spot among three factors, cost, quality of care and access to care. One question - how many insurance companies are declaring bankruptcy? They're laughing all the way to the bank while we suffer and bicker pointlessly about how to fix something that the people pulling the strings and benefiting have no wish to fix.
I have severe problems with Obamacare.
And it doesn't help to be told that most people are happy with it.
According to a recent national poll, most people are not happy with Obamacare.
But even if they were, the problem with healthcare systems like this is that bureaucracies and insurance co's have too much power over healthcare. It should be a matter between a person and their doctor.
And people with unusual problems like me, fall through the cracks.
Future, a lot of that is caused by higher pricing that may occur if you have insurance. They explain it away somehow, but how could you get something cheaper without insurance? Sometimes people do. I call this practice double dipping.
it's getting better, but as long as greed profit is the motivator then health will suffer.
In my opinion even the not for profit companies are doing a terrible job of delivering effective health care. I think the education system for doctors is tainted and broken as well because of the profit motive.
I'm not anti ACA. I'd like to see an expanded http://www.medicaid.gov/
Perhaps the Governors in some states who refuse to assist their ill citizens are just blatant racists, or think old and sick people are a scourge on society.
The insurance companies rob the doctors, too. Ask any physician how much she/he has to pay every year just for malpractice insurance....for some reason OB-GYN specialists pay the most, and we still have the worst infant mortality rate of all the industrialized nations.
Things are not going to be helped along in a big way with the Catholics taking over more and more hospitals.