Aussie cab drivers live better than us
You Americans have the worst quality of life
in the developed world – by a wide margin.
If you had any idea of how people really lived
in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada
and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the
streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian
or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better
standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.
I know this because I am an American, and I escaped
from the prison you call home.
I have lived all around the world, in wealthy
countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would
never consider living in again: The United States
of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.
Consider this: you are the only people in the
developed world without a single-payer health system. Everyone in
Western Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore
and New Zealand has a single-payer system. If they get sick,
they can devote all their energies to getting
well. If you get sick, you have to battle two things at once: your illness
the fear of financial ruin. Millions of Americans
go bankrupt every year due to medical bills, and tens of thousands die
each year because they have no insurance or insufficient
insurance. And don’t believe for a second that rot about America
having the world’s best medical care or the shortest
waiting lists: I’ve been to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe,
Singapore, and Thailand, and every one was better
than the “good” hospital I used to go to back home. The waits were
shorter, the facilities more comfortable, and
the doctors just as good.
This is ironic, because you need a good health
system more than anyone else in the world.
Why? Because your lifestyle is almost designed
to make you sick.
This is no surprise.
I'm so old, I remember when America always topped
the "Best of" lists, but that was in the sixties.
Seems like we're 36th in life expectancy. Cuba does better than us.
I think we're 44th or so when it comes to Freedom of the Press.
We gotta be near the worst for health care because too many people
get their HC from ERs.
Americans don't mind paying $1500 a month for insurance for a f-ing
lifetime only to be told,
"You're not covered" when you need
it most because the GOP convinced voters "That's
Most Americans would prefer being "dead Capitalists" to being a socialist
with their family healthy and happy.
Rupert Murdoch and talk radio poison the airwaves 24/7 every day with
racist lies and fearful distortions.
Meanwhile, we can't get the Democrats to list the damn facts.
No wonder we're losing - we gave up decades ago.
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