Why are so many people in the United States so eager to keep this country mired in mediocrity -- #37 in the world -- when it comes to our underperforming, yet wildly costly, health care non-system?
I just wish each and every one of those opposed to health care reform would take three minutes away from watching Fox News and expose themselves to some truth for a change.
In the form of a You Tube music video by Paul Hipp.
I loved it! And, yes, it's truly true. OK, "mostly true" according to the well-respected PolitiFact web site.
But that's a heck of a lot truer than the lies being spread around by the We're #37 and let's keep it that way! folks.
Problem is, the health insurance industry can generate a heck of a lot of untruthiness for $700,000 a day in lobbying cash.
I was watching CNBC last week and heard one of their financial genius anchors utter an amazing bit of absurdity.
He opined that health care is a growth industry and the United States should want much more, not less, money spent on it. Currently we spend about 16% of our GNP on health care. This guy thought that a third wouldn't be too much.
If all that money really bought a commensurate amount of health and happiness for Americans, his stance would be more defensible.
But when we already spend a whole lot more per capita than any other industrialized country, and that's gotten us a world health care ranking just below Costa Rica, more of the same sure isn't the solution.
Unless our goal is to be able to sing, "We're Number 137."