Saturday, October 5, 2013

'Commodification' of health through social means, backed by capital, a thorn in American economies, north and south

Making the case that improved living conditions exerted a more profound impact on population health than medical advances...

As many critics have pointed out, Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), uses public-sector funds and mandatory patient-generated premiums to buy insurance coverage from the private, for-profit insurance industry. This approach ultimately will provide coverage for only about half of the uninsured, with costs that will continue to rise over time due to the administrative waste inherent in private insurance. In addition, Obamacare will provide yet another enormous public subsidy for the private insurance industry, despite its dismal historical record.”
As nearly as I can tell, this piece explains that Dr. Salvadore Allende, who was a pathologist, conducted scholarly studies of health and the pathologies generated by disparity of wealth beginning in 1939. He began to implement certain Marxist ideas when he became president of Chile in 1969. The mining companies, doctors, engineers, truck drivers, and the United States of America took such umbrage that before his Presidential administration had run its course, he was killed in a military coup. He died with an AK-47 jammed in his mouth where he sat at his desk in the Executive Mansion...The author is a long-term health care provider whose work has been associated with the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, a subsidiary organization of the Industrial Areas Foundation, and one of the many projects inspired by community organizer Saul Alinsky of back of the yards Chicago, President Obama's old legislative constituency.

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