Dear Welfare News Service,

I am in the United States. What I see happening there in the UK in health care in general and the treatment of the sick and poor is pretty much the same thing I see happening here.

There is “no money” for programs which have been lifesaving, and along with this is the vilification of those who do rely on said programs. This has gotten worse there and here since 2008. It’s also bad in Canada. All three (and in fact most countries) are seeing the same sort of thing. As the banks have been made whole – and more – the rest of us are thrown away.

A lot of us, here and there, didn’t used to be poor,but now are, thanks to the loss of jobs and depression of wages for the vast majority.

In the UK, as here, the need for services has grown. Access to health care there, unlike here, was a concession made by the ruling elite a generation ago. Now it’s under attack.

Here we have lovely essays by such people as Ezekiel Emanuel (brother to Rahm) about “Why I hope to die at 75” – trying to convince us to forego “heroic efforts” or anything but palliative care. In other words, just die already, plebe!

There you have the dismantling of the NHS. The message coming from the ruling class in both cases is the same: There is no money for you to stay alive.

In other words: What I see happening in the UK is very much the same to what I see happening here and elsewhere. The characteristics are of course shaped by the infrastructure built up in each individual country, but the net result is that the working class and poor are once again being forced to shoulder the burden of a class that produces nothing and will take everything they can get.

Best Regards,

Christine Schofelt


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