Or why the US government starves the poor to give tax breaks to the RICH!Wage cuts for certain overpaid civil servants!
Salary of retired US Presidents .............$450,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate members ..........$174,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of Speaker of the House ..............$223,500 FOR LIFE
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders .....$193,400 FOR LIFE Average income for seniors on SOCIAL SECURITY - $12,000
The leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States is unpaid
medical bills; the United States has more
lost productivity and a lower average working age range
than any of the other 'modernized' high-income nations such as the G8.
· Half of the uninsured people in America owe money to
hospitals and a third are being pursued by collection agencies.
· Children without health insurance are less likely to
attention considered reasonable and appropriate for serious injuries,
for recurrent ear infections, or for asthma. Lung-cancer patients
without insurance are less likely to receive surgery, chemotherapy, or
radiation treatment. Heart-attack victims without health insurance are
less likely to receive angioplasty. People with pneumonia who
have health insurance are less likely to receive X-rays or
· The death rate
in any given year
for someone without health insurance is twenty-five per cent higher
than for someone with insurance. Part of this is
the higher risks and lifestyles of poorer demographics and part of this
is certifiably due to the consequence of moral hazard models in leaving
chronic and/or life threatening conditions untreated.
· Americans spend $5,267
per capita on health care every year,
almost two and half times the industrialized world’s median
the extra spending comes to hundreds of billions of dollars a year. The extra spending does not
provide us with anything approaching the effectiveness of non-actuarial
· We have fewer doctors per capita than most Western
· We go to the doctor less than people in other Western
· We get admitted to the hospital less frequently than
people in other Western countries.
· We are less satisfied with our health care than our
counterparts in other countries.
· American life expectancy is lower than the Western
· Childhood-immunization rates in the United States are
lower than average.
· Infant-mortality rates are in the nineteenth percentile of
industrialized nations, which means that we have higher infant
mortality rates than some developing
· Doctors here perform more high-end medical procedures,
coronary angioplasties, than in other countries, but most of the
wealthier Western countries have more CT scanners than the United
States does, and Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and Finland all have more
MRI machines per capita.
· The United States spends more than a thousand dollars per
year—or close to four hundred billion dollars—on
paperwork and administration. In contrast, a country like Canada spends
only about three hundred dollars per capita.
· And, of course, every other country in the industrialized
insures all its citizens; despite those extra hundreds of billions of
dollars we spend each year, we leave forty-five million people without