This Week’s Cartoon: If Buying Health Insurance Were Like Buying Broccoli



Congratulations, America! Decades upon decades of struggle for a more civilized health insurance system now rest in the hands of your smug, Newsmax-reading uncle. Or his highly-trained, yet no less ignorant equivalents.

A report from 2010 suggests that 275,000 will die due to lack of health insurance over the following decade. Harvard puts the number at 45,000 per year. That’s far, far greater than the number who perished on September 11. And the judges who will be deciding the fate of those hundreds of thousands of lives — most of whom I suspect have never had to deal with the incredible cruelties faced by those whose jobs do not provide insurance — cannot distinguish a health insurance system from a cruciferous vegetable. I didn’t have room to go into the more complex economic issues about risk-sharing which make broccoli an especially poor analogy, but hey, you can only do so much in a cartoon.



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  • Susan Montgomery

    Nice one but let’s think about this: Are we talking insurance or care? Last I checked they aren’t the same thing. I have a fairly comprehensive plan through work and I still have to jump and scream to get them to cover what they claim is already covered along with co-pays that aren’t that far from what I’d pay without the insurance. If people are going to be compelled to buy something that still won’t be there when they need it, then what’s the point at all?

  • Oliver

    If you want to see good examples of well functioning health care check out Australia and the UK. Both have comprehensive cover under the public system with access to private care for those who want to pay more. In Australia the health insurance industry is regulated so that they can’t discriminate as much against people with pre-existing conditions and they give benefits in the form of rebates for people who take on private health insurance from a young age (<30).

    45,000 people a year dying due to lack of care? Is the US a third world country??? This is not even a topic of discussion in countries that have healthcare provided by the government.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_Australia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_England

  • Roger Bloyce

    Health care is, well, symptomatic. America is sick as a dog. You think the democrats are going to cure it? Democrats like Montana Senator Max Baucus, who kept single-payer advocates away, by force, from his hearings on health care reform?

    Montana’s population is under a million, vs. California’s 38 million, but pols from the empty states don’t need contributions from their constituents, certainly not a pol who’s Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Baucus got 95 percent of his 2008 re-election funds from out-of-state donors. 95 percent! His top three contributors since 2005: Schering-Plough, Amgen, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

    Absolutely nothing has been done to address the blatant political corruption of The Honorable Max Baucus of Montana. On the contrary, in late January he was named the “2011 Wheat Leader of the Year” by the National Association of Wheat Growers. He also won the award in 2008 and 2002. Wheat is Montana’s leading crop.

    Postings and comments on websites dealing with politics, including the superbly thought-out and crafted illustrations here, are getting better and better as the electorate comes to realize that its opinions — and its needs — don’t count. But it’s all no more than injustice collecting. No one mentions the only recourse law-abiding citizens have left, short of being pepper sprayed: the boycott.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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