"Economic murder": Senior UK public health researchers say 120,000 people died under Tory austerity


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/16/there-is-no-alternative.html


This is a feature, not a bug.



Just a few of the people who died of austerity.



Let’s put all the decision making about who will be allocated health care, and how much, in the hands of politicians. What could possibly go wrong?


“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

For the Tories, “A Christmas Carol” is the sad tale of one man’s decline from the Malthusian exemplar quoted above to bleeding heart liberal believer in “society.”



The health insurance companies with far more restrictive policies lose money?

Sorry, that’s what could go right.


Come on, for-profit health insurance companies are more generous than state-run non-profit ones. Private corporations would never impose austerity on their customers since they prioritise healthcare outcomes far above shareholder profits or executive compensation. This is why health insurance companies are the most beloved organisations in America.

[@SocialJusticeMonk: funny, and it really is a different language. Tories and Libertarians have trouble fathoming the idea of anything that doesn’t involve a financial transaction (preferably one as close to zero-sum as possible) as a priority.]


So the politicians are on the right side of the dialogue. Who’s on the other side?


Both our major political parties have enacted policies which effectively guarantee profits (and big ones) for insurers, device manufacturers, and pharma manufacturers. The only segments of the health care system who have faced cutbacks are doctors and hospitals.

I’ll stand by my comment, until the Incorruptible Benevolent Philosopher party comes to power.



We are talking about the UK here. Which of the Tories, Labour, SNP, Lib Dems, DUP, Sinn Fein*, Plaid Cymru and the Green party (all of whom are represented in parliament) are not the major parties?

* Sinn Fein don’t sit in parliament because they won’t swear allegiance to the UK/Queen, but were elected


Ah, capitalist teleology at its finest. The purpose of everything is to make money. If it is not making money it is useless and can, therefore, be safely cut. “Time is money, money time,—that is all/Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” (With apologies to Zack M. Davis and John Keats)


In that case, why are Bupa losing customers and not gaining them, considering the cuts to the NHS (which are more than just doctors and hospitals)?


People who actually have a sense of concern and empathy for their fellow human beings. But the British politicians in the image can be substituted with American Libertarians easily enough.


That’s old news. The UKs public health system will get an infusion of a vigorous £350m a week as soon as the Brexit is realized.



“You should take a big income hit so that the poor can have greater access to your services” is a very compelling argument to everyone who’s not “you”.


Funnily enough that promise may well come back to haunt the Leavers…


Whereas “Fuck everyone else” has worked so well for everyone.


Translation: I believe the poor should die because they are poor and I am greedy.