FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE
© 2007 The Frank Lynch
"Whatsoever you do unto the least among you, so also you
do unto me."
Or, from a secular viewpoint, when
every person in a society receives equal medical care, which to
be equal must be the best possible medical care, including preventive education,
preventive drugs and preventive treatment, then all members of that society are better off.
From a secular moral viewpoint, a key
measure of the level of civilization of any society is the level and quality of healthcare
provided to all of its citizens.
Frank's first book will show us how
to give Free Universal Healthcare to every person in America, with
complete choice of your doctor, to every child, to every pregnant
woman, to every mother, every working mother and every family in
America, to the 47,000,000 uninsured Americans, and to the hundred
million underinsured Americans, for the same amount of money we
spend today to badly care for only some of our people.
The U.S. medical system is failed and
broken. We spend much more per person than any other nation on earth
for a healthcare system which ranks 39th in the world. That is not a
good bargain. Conservatives
love to make fun of France, but the French healthcare system is
ranked Number One in the world, and they spend much less than we do.
Bill O'Reilly is fond of saying that when
world leaders and the super-rich get sick, they come to the U.S. for
treatment. Wrong! They go to France. Accurate facts make discussions
so much more meaningful, don't you agree Bill?
There are only two things wrong with our
healthcare system: insurance companies and doctors.
What do you think are the three leading
causes of death in America?
First, heart disease, which is largely
preventable. Second, cancer, which is much tougher to treat. Third,
doctors' errors! We spend billions on treating heart disease and
and there are thousands of charities raising hundreds of millions of
dollars to find cures for cancer and heart disease. But doctors'
errors kill approximately as many people as cancer! I am exaggerating a
bit. Actually the figures include all medical errors. But most
medical errors are doctors' errors, including illegible writing on
prescriptions so you get the wrong drugs.
But we spend
nothing, absolutely nothing on decreasing doctor's errors! There
is not a single charity working to fix this third leading cause of
death. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute tax
deductible to a charity program to decrease doctors' errors in America.
One way to decrease America's huge
medical bill is to decrease unnecessary surgeries. Unnecessary
surgeries increase deaths because every surgery carries with it the
danger of death. We estimate that up to one third, yes, up to 33%
of all surgeries are unnecessary, either because (1) the diagnosis
is wrong; or (2) there is nothing wrong, but hey, if you can bill
another $50,000 who is to know?; or (3) drugs are a more effective
or equally effective treatment, but hey, if you can bill another
$50,000 who is to know?
Attack of the Killer Insurance
Sounds like one of those old horror
movies, "Attack of the Killer Rabbits." But the "Attack of the
Killer Insurance Companies" is a very serious business. They will
fight with the viciousness of a cornered tiger fighting for its
life, because that is exactly what they will be doing: fighting for
their existence. Because I want to end the existence of health
We must expect a tidal wave, a
tsunami of TV commercials, and hordes of phony "experts" on all the talk shows
and on the radio, fighting this simple idea because the medical insurance companies
today collect almost one out of every six dollars spent in America
each year. Not of the money spent on healthcare, but of all the
money we Americans spend on everything we buy and pay for. That is hundreds
and hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
Medical insurance is the biggest
industry in America, and they spend hundreds of millions of dollars
so that nobody knows they are the biggest industry in America.
Medical insurance is bigger than home
building. Medical insurance if bigger than oil, bigger than cars,
bigger than defense. And
they use that power viciously. They will do everything possible to
kill the idea of free universal healthcare.
Medical insurance companies and HMOs pay
about 75% of their revenue for actual medical care of people.
The other 25%, which is equal to one-third (25% divided by 75% is
one third) of the money they spend
for medical care, goes to profit and to operate the insurance companies.
This simple arithmetic shows that simply by
getting rid of the insurance companies, one-third more of the money
we are already spending will be
available to pay for actual medical care.
To put it another way, the best way,
getting rid of insurance companies, the money which we now spend is
enough to give medical care to all the uninsured people in America.
Without any increase in spending.
Estimates are that insurance companies'
overhead adds more than $100 billion to medical costs. Employers spend
another $100 billion dealing with the insurance companies. Doctors
and hospitals spend another $100 billion dealing with, billing and
fighting with the insurance companies. Getting rid of the insurance
companies will save more than $300 billion a year.
Actually, since roughly 47 to 50
million people are uninsured, and our population is 300 million
people, the uninsured are about 16%. The insurance companies siphon
off 25%. By getting rid of the insurance companies, that 25% will be
available for healthcare. So we can give medical care to the uninsured
16% and still have 9% (25% minus 16%) left over to improve
the quality of care for everyone.
So get rid of the medical insurance
companies. Medicare uses 1.5%, only one and one half percent for
administration and operation, compared to 25% for insurance
companies. Critics say Medicare is going broke. Sure, but only
because of our incompetent politicians. Set Medicare up as a
separate entity outside of political influence and it will be just
Did you know that your life expectancy
increases by a few years on your 65th birthday? That is because you
become covered by Medicare!
Just expand Medicare to cover everyone,
and fund it with the money employers now pay for their employee
medical plans, and everyone will have excellent, complete health
care with total choice of your doctors, for the same amount of money
we now spend to badly cover only some of our people.
There is an even better way to fund free
health care for everyone. Get rid of the Medicare and Medicaid tax
deducted from workers' paychecks. Instead have employers pay a 10%
Medicare payroll tax, and fund the rest from my Abraham Lincoln Tax.
As you will see in my section on "The Right Tax" Abraham Lincoln
sparked a tremendous economic boom and expansion of American
industry and jobs when he placed a tax on imports.
I propose we tax imports for two
wonderful benefits: one, as a means of bringing jobs back to
America, and secondly, use that tax to pay for free universal
See how simple life can be?
But expect the Republicans and the older
members of Congress to go absolutely insanely nuts about taxing
imports. Just remember this: every elected official who is against
taxing imports is doing that because the corporations own the
politicians. There is no rational reason not to tax imports.
If I die suddenly, please look hard at
the medical insurance companies. Because they are medical, they know
how to kill people without it being obvious. They kill people every
day by not paying mere thousands for life saving treatment. What are
the chances they would kill me to save hundreds of billions? I stand
ready to give my life for you. I am unimportant, the well-being of
the American people
are all that matter.
make free universal healthcare, directly paid by the government,
with complete choice of your doctors, the first and foremost issue of my
When people say they
are against socialized medicine, do they understand that they are
saying they are against Medicare.
Medicare is socialized medicine, and it
Don't believe me? Just try and take
Medicare away from us! I do not know what I or my mother would do
uninsured for twenty years until I aged into Medicare, and that
twenty years was hell, sheer hell. And to have one out of six people
in America with no coverage is not merely unacceptable, it is
the money used to operate the insurance company's profit and
overhead we can provide free medical care to everyone in this nation
without waiting times, without giving up our ability to choose our
own doctor, without sacrificing anything except several hundred
millionaires who get rich in the insurance companies by killing
Yes, I actually said
Health insurance companies
Health insurance companies hire
hundreds and hundreds of doctors and other staff to deny procedures
to people. Denying people medical care kills people. Period.
In case you have not watched Michael
Moore's film "Sicko," go see it immediately or buy it from him on
the internet. And his movie has limited scope: it is just about
people who thought they were completely covered, and how the
insurance companies screwed them. They are what I mean when I say we
have a hundred million underinsured people in America.