In the rush of news about the various versions of the Democratic Health Care Plan, we seem to have lost track of the Republican Health Care Plan. For those who have forgotten Grayson’s speech, the basic plan is quite simple: 1. Get Rich! 2. If you fail to get rich, then don’t get sick! 3. If you are poor and get sick anyway, then die quickly!
Although I personally favor government-supported universal health coverage, that is only an option in parts of the civilized world. So, since that’s out for America, the next question is, what can we learn from the Republican Health Care Plan? In the next few installments, I’ll point out some cheap and easy steps to reducing American Health Care costs. The key to point one of the Republican Health Care Plan is unbridled greed. But I see evidence that there are already plenty of people with unbridled greed. “Insurance” companies, for instance.
So, let’s focus on “Don’t get sick.” A simple corollary of that is: “Don’t spread illness.” When I was a kid starting about three or four years old and coughed or sneezed, my parents and other nearby adults would always scream: “Cover your mouth!” ?? What happened? It seems this little courtesy has gone the way of the penny post card and the four cent popsicle. Nowadays, people on planes, trains and at the workplace just let loose with coughs and sneezes without the slightest hint of an attempt to prevent the spread of germs. It’s disgusting. And, costly. If there were some sort of bonus for getting others sick, then I could understand it. But if there is such a bonus, I haven’t been apprized of it. So….?? What gives? Is there some sort of tax imposed when you cover up when you sneeze or cough? I don’t think so. At least not yet. So, meanwhile, here is point one to reducing Health Care Costs: COVER UP WHEN YOU SNEEZE OR COUGH.