Nowhere in this thought turd does Kevin Drum manage to explain why our health care is so much more expensive than the rest of the Western world for worse outcomes.
But let’s avoid Drum’s obfuscation and calumny to look at the obscene costs of our current system.
How much is good health care worth to you? $8,233 per year? That’s how much the U.S. spends per person.
That figure is more than two-and-a-half times more than most developed nations in the world, including relatively rich European countries like France, Sweden and the United Kingdom. On a more global scale, it means U.S. health care costs now eat up 17.6 percent of GDP.
Drum and his fellow pseudo-liberals have now firmly united against single payer, and are intent on demonstrating how it just cannot work (despite it working fine in many other countries for many years). This lack of acknowledgement of basic facts will continue apace.
According to Drum, “health care is expensive” and we should just “deal with it.”
The rest of the world — which doesn’t exist when convenient for people like Drum — doesn’t agree.
What would I do without the intellectual shoddiness and frailty of people like Kevin Drum and most of the Crooked Timber crew? I’d barely have a thing to write about.