T.R. Reid talks about The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care.
NY Times-bestselling author Reid shows how other industrialized democracies have done something the U.S. can't seem to do: provide healthcare for everybody at a reasonable cost.
Sir Richard Feachem
Richard G A Feachem is Professor of Global Health at both the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Global Health Group at UCSF Global Health Sciences.
He is also a Visiting Professor at London University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.
T.R. Reid is a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, a commentator for National Public Radio and the author of nine books, including three in Japanese. His 10th book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, was published by Penguin Press in the summer of 2009.
"There's a conflict between paying for people's healthcare, and paying a dividend to inventors," says journalist T.R. Reid. He argues reform is a moral obligation and points to Switzerland's success in ditching its "American-style, for-profit" insurance system as a beacon of hope for healthcare reform in the United States.
Reporter and author T.R. Reid explains that a public option is not necessary if the government is properly regulating the insurance industry. "No other country that has health insurance has a public option," he says. "They don't need it, because they get to the same place by regulation."
Reporter and author T.R. Reid examines the success of Canada's universal health insurance system, which won over Canadians one province at a time. "I'll bet you next January, there will be bills in 25 state legislators looking for a way to do this," he says of healthcare reform in the United States.
Compulsory public-insurance program that protects against various economic risks (e.g., loss of income due to sickness, old age, or unemployment). Social insurance is considered one type of social security, though the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. The first compulsory national social-insurance programs were established in Germany under Otto von Bismarck: health insurance in 1883, workers' compensation in 1884, and old-age and disability pensions in 1889. Austria and Hungary soon followed Germany's example. After 1920, social insurance was rapidly adopted throughout Europe and the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. lagged behind until the passage of the Social Security Act in 1935. Social Security in the U.S. now provides retirement benefits, health care for persons over a specific minimum age, and disability insurance. Social-insurance contributions are normally compulsory and may be made by the insured person's employer and the state as well as by the individual. Social insurance is usually self-financing, with contributions being placed in specific funds for that purpose. See alsounemployment insurance; welfare.
This is a real eye opener and a great service to American citizens. I intend to link to this as often as possible. Reid effectively exposes the lies and distortion being propagated by corporatists through "hate media" and he provides a strong basis for support of revolutionary health reform in America. THANK YOU Commonwealth Club and ForaTV!!
If a nation has the "authority to enforce" tax laws & loot the life time earnings of it's citizens in the name of "taxes", why wouldn't the same nation shoulder the responsibility to carry out the well being of it's citizens, when it's citizens need it the most?
If the citizens have fulfilled their obligation to the nation, why would the nation FAIL to fulfill it's obligation for "life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness" of it's citizens?
Why are citizens required to pay taxes, if the nation could careless for their 'health-care'?
Capitalist market forces may manipulate a nation but why would a nation gamble on the well-being of it's citizens?
It must be pointed out, a nation that can save it's citizens in dire medical needs, can NOT save itself in dire circumstances.
chirpriya plays ignorant of the myriad collectives which allocate benefits for profit . The problem is to "figure out" how to defeat the entrenched interests who ban a collective which does not have profit as it's highest objective. Perhaps democracy and debt do not mix well, but does chiriprya favor debt?
High fives, Losky.
I take issue with chirpriya's comment. It is a slippery slope for the government to pay for services that serve the interests of the governed. Soon he will be asking for free police action and free firefighting. He may even demand a free military that may even trump the power of our local militias. I, for one, will not stand for these injustices. Any man who cannot afford to have a firefighter on retainer deserves to see his house burn to the ground. Any woman who cannot pay the investigator should be responsible for investigating and prosecuting of the murder of her daughter. Any family that does not purchase their own militia has no right to expect defense from their neighbors.
It is the moral responsibility of society to provide free medical care, free housing, free food, free clothes, free pension to senior citizens and free education to all their citizens, As soon as we figure out who will pay for all this and who will be left to work when all of the above are free.
Why should the moral obligation stop at the national border? It should also extend to our neighbors like Canadians and Mexicans and not so distant neighbors like the Hondurans and Nicaraguans.
Some inaccuracies about Canada in this presentation. Non-Canadian non-residents in Alberta and I believe in other provinces must show ability to pay or evidence of insurance to obtain treatment. Ambulance services are not covered by provincial insurance plans - the patient recieves a bill for hundreds of dollars for this service unless it is covered under separate extended coverage, provided by private insurers. And, it is illegal to purchase insurance against the long wait times - if a patient wants to seek faster coverage elsewhere, it is out-of-pocket.