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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Three Areas America Is Dysfunctional

Don't get me wrong by the title of this post. There are plenty of things in America that are good and done well and done right. It's just that there are at least some, a few things that are not just wrong or negative but deeply so, problematic and spell a bad future, if left on the path we're on, as a nation. Herewith are those items.

First, we have the most expensive health care system in the world, bar none.

US Healthcare: Most Expensive

Second, our health care system, for all that outrageous, even immoral, crushing cost, gives us the worst health outcomes and mortality rates of the top 17 industrialized nations. The worst. Meaning, at least, we die sooner that 16 other First World nations.

U.SHealthcareMost Expensive and Worst Performing

Along with this nearly insanely expensive health care costs is the fact that it's wrecking us, financially, person by person, house by and and all across the nation.

Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies

Check this out. Nearly a million people per year in our nation go bankrupt due to health care costs than any other source or reason. Nearly a million. Every year.

Third, we have the most expensive internet costs in the world.

Why is broadband more expensive in the US?

The problems of having too expensive internet is that it keeps the people from being more informed and more educated and aware and so, competitive in this modern world we live in. It's better for the people, heck, it's better for the businesses, for their employees and so, it's better for our competitiveness, as a nation.

It's not right that those with less money in our nation should go without internet, also. That keeps the poor, poor and has the very likely effect of widening the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots", between the already-wealthy and the poor. It's wrong but it's also not good for the nation and our competitiveness.

Fourth, we have the slowest internet rates of any industrialized nation.

Why Is High Speed Internet So Slow In The United States?

Again, this holds the people and so, the nation, back from our fuller abilities and capabilities, while the rest of the world progresses. It's, again, wrong but it's also negative for the people and nation in our competitiveness in the world.

Fifth, we have more weapons than any other industrialized nation.

U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people

And so, finally, at least here, that last note also directly gives us more--far more---shootings and killings of Americans, our fellow country men and women, innocents, of any other industrialized nation, bar none. Check out this chart, the visualized statistics.

Everytown for Gun Safety's photo.

This is insane. We can't allow those kinds of statistics, these numbers of killings, to go on.

A great deal of the source of all these problems is, frankly, that we have far-too-unfettered Capitalism that allows companies and corporations to do whatever they wish, nation and people be damned.

And one of the main reasons the already-wealthy and corporations can and do get away with so much is because they can buy their legislators---our legislators---in state capitols and our Federal government with "campaign contributions." They can get the legislation they want and so, the laws and finally, the government they want. It benefits their own businesses but hurt, again, the nation and people

We have to take our government, our nation, back. These are not just negative but extremely negative trends and paths we are on.

We have to get off these merry go rounds.

Link:  Homicide | Harvard Injury Control Research Center

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