Nearly 45,000 Americans die every year--that's 122 deaths a day--due
to lack of health insurance. That's the startling finding of a new
study that appears in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
All societies have a type of world view or Weltanschauung. This is a way of looking at the world that arises from a shared experience and forms into a societal psyche.
The American psyche is often very perplexing to those that still want to assign some human decency to it.
I am not one of those.
Not that there aren't plenty of good and decent people in America. It is just that the American soul is sick. Like a good physician trying to heal a disease, Americans need to examine their soul sickness so that they can find the remedy.
The American psyche is one that has been formed from years by a mass propaganda effort that has reduced the human spirit to one of Consumption.
In the American world view, a human being's value can only be determined by that person's ability to Consume. That means if a person has a lot of money then that person is valuable because he or she can Consume a whole lot.
We are now called Consumers and the word citizen has been wiped from common usage. Consumers have no basic human rights other than their right to Consume as much as they can afford.
When we apply this world view to health care, we see immediately why many Americans are so against it on principle. Americans don't believe that the poor, the working poor, and all those on the lower income scale have much value.
Americans, deep down inside, don't want to give something as valuable as life saving health care to those that they see as undeserving. Americans, through years of conditioning by the mass Military Industrial Media Complex Culture, see the poor or near poor as undeserving because they are not good Consumers and thus not that worthy or even valuable.
It's as simple as that.
After decades of purposeful mass Corporate and Government propaganda, most Americans have a world view that they have been programmed to see. They have been conditioned to only value Consumption. They have been brain washed to see the world in terms of buying and having. Those that have the greatest ability to buy and have are the truly worthy of America.
Thus, when we look at health care we can see this world view playing out.
The Corporate 'talking heads' in the Media and many programmed consumers complain about the expense of health care. They don't want any extra money being spent so that people can suffer less and live longer. Well on the face of it, this argument seems highly selfish but perhaps we can see some reasoning to it. But when you really examine it, there is no reasoning to it. As we know, Americans allowed the super Consumers, the wealthy financial elite to suck away trillions of their tax dollars and there was barely a whimper. Rational people should be irate about bailing out the few fabulously wealthy. Rational people should want scarce resources to be better allocated among all of society so that their whole society could grow and prosper.