The Stealthy, Ugly Growth of Corporatized Medicine

Naked Capitalism has the article The Stealthy, Ugly Growth of Corporatized Medicine.

Yves here. We’ve written a great deal about Obamacare, since it epitomizes so much about what is wrong with contemporary America: the use of complexity to mask looting, the creation of two-tier systems, the crapification of the underlying service, which in this case is vitally important to society as a whole.

But Obamacare also needs to be recognized as a big step forward …

As I started to read this, I thought that at last this progressive web site would finally admit that the ACA wasn’t as bad as they had been complaining.  Then I finished reading the paragraph.

in a process that was already well underway, which is to convert the practice of medicine from a patient-oriented to a profit-driven exercise. This is perverse because medicine is so highly valued that medical practitioners almost always enjoy high status and at least decent incomes in most societies. And in societies undergoing breakdown, being a doctor is about the safest place to be, provided you can manage to avoid becoming aligned with the wrong warring faction.

The article does go on to describe many of the ills of the current system in some detail that I had not been completely aware of.  I commented on the article as follows:

I am glad to see this article.  Until reading this, I could not understand why a progressive set of contributors had such dim view of the ACA.  I still think it is a case of somewhat displaced anger.  The issues that so anger you, existed before ACA.  I am not sure that blocking ACA and remaining with the old situation would have addressed any of the issues that you rightfully complain about.

It does not hurt to cover the aspects of what is wrong with the system so that we don’t get lulled into a sense of complacency.

After a while, though, I’d like the conversation to move on to the topic of fixing the broken system.  I know that this is entangled in the larger problem of wealth, income, and power inequality.  We all know that we aren’t going to fix this overnight.  Can anybody even think of small steps that we could take to start to turn the tide?

Maybe with the understanding this article provides about how badly the system has deteriorated, the voice of Don Berwick, candidate for Massachusetts Governor would resonate with the voters more. Although, from the tone of this article, I am not sure that “Medicare for All” is exactly what the author is looking for.

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