The Shake Up
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Bev died at 5 o’clock on Friday morning. Her husband, Dave, thought that was odd since she never was a morning person. Dying was the one early morning significant accomplishment of her life.
Cancer had run its course over several painful, cruel months. Decades earlier, the American Cancer Society had promised Congress that given money, an exorbitant sum at the time but paltry today, they would find a cure for cancer in a few years. A million times that money and ten times those years showed that the best intentions led to yet another foolish government program.
Beverly died at home in her bed. The wish of elderly Americans for most of its history, dying at home, was now the curse of the best intentions in the history of the nation. It was the result of politicians driven by hopes of re-elections and eventual statues.
The dream of health care for all produced health care for the top 1% of “the 1%.” The press labeled these few “the plutocrats” at the end of the first quarter of the 21st century. Artificial price limits, open borders with Canada and Mexico, and a black market that dwarfed that seen during Prohibition extinguished health care for the rich, the middle class, and the poor. Doctors went underground, served the plutocrats for money, and treated everyone else for barter. Everyone had health insurance, and when everyone had something, that something was worthless.