The Two Party Duopoly #2 - The Great American Health Debate
Another challenge we spend a lot of time and energy on in The United States today is false arguments. The Great Health Debate has been going on as long as I can remember and I’m 54.
We’ve had this party in power and then that party in power and then this party in power and then, well, you get the point. They just can’t seem to come up with a plan doesn’t leave every American completely financially vulnerable to a crisis that insures everyone and doesn’t drive costs up five to 10 times the multiple of inflation annually.
Why? Well, one reason is that we have had a completely false debate for more than 30 years on this topic. They got you locked in to a debate over who should and who should not have health insurance. They have further pinned you by using scary words like “who will pay for it” and “socialism” and others.
You still don’t see the false debate? It’s because they’ve been very clever, as they are on many other topics, to make the argument specifically about what it is not about. Health insurance is a financial product sold by multi-billion corporations with a profit motive and a cost-containment incentive that causes them to raise rates and deny service.
Health Care is something completely different. Health care is something that happens between a doctor and a patient. A hundred years ago people paid doctors in cash, chickens, or other services. Then the health insurance industry was created and health insurance became societally imposed as the means by which people received healthcare.
The debate among the political class that created this change ceased being about how do we ensure every American has access to healthcare and became an argument over who should pay so that every American can have health insurance.
Generations of Americans now have argued not over how to get access to healthcare, but who ought to be paying insurance companies to be gracious enough allow us healthcare.
Oddly, few people seem even to see the false argument or demand that politicians see it and address it.
I could easily cite a hundred other examples where these false, and in many cases, unresolvable arguments have been created to keep people locked into their voting lanes, while never really getting to the true debate.
These are the kinds of awakenings that cause people to do one of two things. They either completely drop out of politics, in which case the powers that brought us this system win by default. Or, they have the courage take their vote back from these two duopoly parties, screw the conventional wisdom about “wasting your vote,” and choose real change.
Until we do that, we will be lost in these smoke and mirror arguments that never even broach the real problem much less a viable solution to it.
for 6 Sense Media