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No option but to die

Lawrence Krubner reflects on health in the USA:

At breakfast today myself and another friend discussed people we knew who were dying of cancer and had no health insurance. The Hispanic housekeeper of a friend was mentioned. The poor woman has no option but to die.

And asks:

Why is it that we’ve started the IMF and World Bank, and collectivized the risk of speculative foreign investment (bailouts for Mexico in 1994, bailouts for Indonesia and other Asian countries in 1997, bailouts again when Russia defaulted in 1998) but we refuse to collectivize the health risks of our own citizens? What does that say about our priorities? That speculative foreign investment is more important than the health of our citizens?

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