DRAFT: Cutting War Budgets Isn't Enough to Provide Health Care!

<p>A lot of good people think that if we just cut the &#8220;defense&#8221; budget we could finance effective, universal Health Care in the United States.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>One of the saddest "secrets" is that while the bloated U.S. war budget totals an astounding $1.2+ Trillion per year, that&#8217;s $3,600 per person per year (PPPY) not counting domestic social control costs for police, prisons, jails, etc, the total cost of our corporate, for-profit remedial sick care system is over $3.4 Trillion per year. That&#8217;s more than $10,000 PPPY and is climbing rapidly. To put that into perspective, the number one rated French system spends less than $4,800 PPPY for a much superior, universal Health Care system.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I'm completely convinced that the only path toward ending &#8220;terrorism&#8221; and achieving world peace would be to abandon our global military Empire, cut our massive, bloated war budgets down to a size needed for a "Defense Department" and then use the savings for a Department of Peace to engage in global and domestic Restorative Justice.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Alas, the relatively smaller amount of dollars wasted on war, the REAL source of our debt and deficit over the last 30+ years, would not give us enough to finance even 20% of our existing sick care as commodity system. In addition, that system's need for ever-increasing corporate profits and thus increased "costs" in order to satisfy Wall Street would quickly eat up the relatively small amounts that could be realized.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Of course, that's assuming that the REAL third rail of U. S. politics, cutting the war budgets would ever be touched by the current crop of politicians.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>So even compassionate, rational, pro-Health Care folks who suggest we could pay for it by cutting the bloated war budgets are looking at the wrong part of the equation.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The part that has to be ended is tinkering with (the last) remedial sick care system driven by the profit-motive and provide &#8220;Health Care As a Human Right&#8221;.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Passing HR676 &#8211; Expanded and Improved Medicare for All would be the best first step toward that end.&#160;</p> <p>http://pnhp.org/</p>