The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

How much health care can you afford?

Oct 6, 2008

According to a report released by a health care advocacy group, Families USA, health insurance premiums for Michigan families have risen 17 times more than their earnings between 2000 and 2007.

Seventeen times! Even if a worker in Michigan was making minimum wage in 2000, if their wages had increased seventeen times, they would be making nearly $90 an hour. But they are not.

But medical costs have spiraled out of control.

What kind of system is it where people in the richest country in the world find themselves having to choose between the basics – do we eat and put gas in our cars, or see a doctor and get our prescriptions filled?

A system that can’t even be fixed if it’s put in the intensive care unit.