Okay, so now Jerry Springer is running for the Senate. I saw an interview with him yesterday where he talked about one of his platforms being health insurance (or the lack thereof). The specific point that set me off was his statement that 41 million Americans don't have health insurance.
It annoys the hell out of me when one of these idiots starts talking about things is a categorical sense. Yes, there are people without health insurance that want it and can't afford it. But that is a very small percentage of the total number of people without insurance. There is a larger percentage of households with a total income in excess of $50,000/year that don't have health insurance.
For most people, this is a choice issue. They choose to spend there money elsewhere. It is not a 'national epidemic' as Springer and some of his peers paint it.
The problems with the healthcare industry don't lie primarily with the number of insured. They lie in the need for malpractice reform and tort limitations. They lie in the laws that require our hospitals to treat illegal aliens for free, and an enormous cost to taxpayers. They lie in the choices of the individual, not in some cosmic fault with 'society'.
Again, I open the floor.