A lot of good people think that if we just cut the “defense” budget we could finance effective, universal Health Care in the United States.
One of the saddest "secrets" is that while the bloated U.S. war budget totals an astounding $1.2+ Trillion per year, that’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’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.
I'm completely convinced that the only path toward ending “terrorism” 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.
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.
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.
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.
The part that has to be ended is tinkering with (the last) remedial sick care system driven by the profit-motive and provide “Health Care As a Human Right”.
Passing HR676 – Expanded and Improved Medicare for All would be the best first step toward that end.