American woman's viral Twitter thread exposes the 'nightmare' of European-style socialized medicine
Oh, did I say nightmare? I meant the opposite of that.
People who oppose adopting universal health care in the U.S. generally say that we have the greatest health care system in the world. We don’t, of course, and it’s not even close.
I don’t know where this habit of saying we’re the best at something even though we’re patently godawful at it came from, but it predates Donald Trump. Trump has just brought it to a new and absurd level.
We are great at some things. Live-blogging The Voice, for instance. But health care? We’re terrible at it, and until we get a Trump-ectomy, we’re going to stay terrible.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t change hearts and minds while we wait for Trump’s steamy Jiffy-Pop head to finally bust open on a hot Mar-a-Lago afternoon and free us all from this two-and-a-half-year-long horror show.
Mary Robinette Kowal, a Hugo Award-winning author based in Nashville, did her part in a recent viral Twitter thread, and it was a thing of beauty:
After I explain what a referral is, he looks baffled. PM: Just go to the cancer center. Me: But...referral? He s… https://t.co/4tmq2iWtPt— Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡 (@Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡) 1559603342
So I go. The nurse checking me in apologizes because, since I'm not Icelandic, I'll have to pay for the visit. It'… https://t.co/dydNIbXl2s— Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡 (@Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡) 1559603343
I've been in the building for about twenty minutes at this point when I'm strapped into the mammogram -- WHICH HAD… https://t.co/IgWAVCx5Zv— Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡 (@Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡) 1559603344
Forty-five minutes after walking into the Icelandic Cancer Center and 3 krónur poorer, I had the answer. In the US… https://t.co/qiIrO0wH09— Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡 (@Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡) 1559603345
PPPS I said 3 kronur, but it was actually 300 kronur. I got so used to throwing an imaginary decimal place in there… https://t.co/snNc7aVZay— Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡 (@Mary Robinette Kowal@🏡) 1559618216
Yes, what a nightmare.
Someone please send Mitch McConnell to Iceland to save them from themselves. They don’t have much time.
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