The Arrow

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Social Insurance and Hitler

Posted by thearrow on October 16, 2009

You didn’t think these two could ever be associated in the same sentence in a positive way, right? I was pretty shocked to find out, too. And yet, Hitler exported to the Netherlands, Belgium and France the social insurance system created by Otto von Bismarck in 1883. Mind-boggling.

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/health-care-abroad-germany/

For the first time ever there is a good chance that Congress will pass a health care reform bill meant to give more people health insurance, so the news is pretty much all health care all the time. Naturally, curious minds have started looking into what other countries do. The very idea that in America you can easily go bankrupt because of medical bills (remember, 60% of personal bankruptcies) is a concept Europeans can’t wrap their minds around. Just as mind-boggling as the fact that Hitler gave France it’s social insurance system, which is very much envied in the US, by the way.

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4 Responses to “Social Insurance and Hitler”

  1. Well if that title doesn’t grab one’s attention! haha
    Canadian health care, as much as people bitch about it because people always have something to complain about, is really good as well.
    I couldn’t imagine having to pay for my health care services.
    It would be alarming to think that you not only have the devastation of dealing with an illness or injury of sorts but also the bill they send you for it after.
    Terrible.

  2. thearrow said

    I know it is. I blogged quickly before I could forget about this, and in the process I forgot to add Canadians to those who can’t comprehend the absurdity of the American health care system. Oh well. And yet, as much of a no-brainer as it might seem that the country needs it, some people opposite just for the sake of it. Ugh.

  3. Ana said

    Re: health insurance – I cannot follow the reasoning of most people here. One of my coworkers was opposing it based on the fact that she met a lady from Canada that came to US for surgery because of the waiting list there. When I suggested that probably that lady could wait and no harm would be done to her health, she said “Oh, but if she had cancer?”
    Meantime my coworker could not afford her deductible for routine blood tests required for her condition…So what good it is to get a fast surgery if the cancer only gets discovered in the latest stages because you cannot afford the preemptive care? I think it is a no-brainer, but I can’t get to them…

  4. thearrow said

    It should be a no-brainer but somehow it’s exactly the people who would benefit most from the reform that are most vocal against it. And what about women being charged much higher health insurance premiums just because they might get pregnant? Or older folks being charged anywhere from two to five times more than the young ones? It’s just so f*ed up.

    The good news is, support for the public option is increasing.

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