NHS: The UK’s Crisis of Funding?

NHS – when something is broke, just throw more money at it and hope it goes away…   Britain’s NHS is once again afire despite another round of ‘additional funding’ on top of the ‘additional funding’ it already received, over the funding and ‘additional winter funding’ it received.   Socialist medicine at it’s finest!

As if the Canadian socialist health system wasn’t enough to give us a view of how bad it can be, NHS in Britain and Wales is desperately trying to prop itself back up, not with an overhaul of the problems, but with more $$$$$$$! Cha-Ching!

A shortage of doctors and nurses, cancellation of thousands of non-urgent operations, a budget in shambles, neglect charges, hospital acquired infections, a postcode lottery, cost effectiveness of care, the issuance of a ‘black alert’ wherein it is an official admission that it is unable to cope with demand, and the fifth largest employer in the world, NHS is beyond a simple injection of ‘more money’ and needs a drastic face, eye and body lift to survive.

When it was first introduced in 1948, the budget was 248 million pounds for 480,000 hospital beds. In 2017, its total budget was just under $125 billion for 167,000 hospital beds.   As of 2007, the waiting list stood at 1,283,100.   Various political bents try and under-report the budgetary needs so as to prop up the remaining idealism of socialist medicine only to find their proverbial foot in mouth disease when reality is declared. The truth told, NHS is failing because it is a socialist-welfare system and as such it doesn’t work.

It is the fear that plagues most Americans as we watch our own socialist Obamacare fry a bit more each year. My annual healthcare costs amount to roughly 20% of my income. Of course those receiving free healthcare, government employees, and even those on Medicare, seem oblivious given the ‘it doesn’t affect me’ syndrome.

Arguments still abound as the philosophical debate over whether Obamacare is Socialism or Socialized Healthcare or a mashed capital system don’t “fix” the problems.   The media would liken the increased number of participants on the Obamacare Exchange as proof positive it is a success! But of course, when the Exchange is the only source for obtaining Healthcare, that would likely ‘increase its use’… Right?   Logic still prevails even when the media attempts to speak in tongues

Like most Socialist initiatives, when they are first rolled out, when every I is dotted, they seem to work rather well, that is until reality fades in and out only to take hold at some point of time in the near future. Such was the case for NHS.   Welfare creates a behavior attitude. When something costs less or is ‘free’, more people will take advantage of that offer whether they need it or not. That increased usage drives up costs that must now be propped up by premiums and/or government subsidies.

In the US it is passed on through premium rate hikes. In the UK it is passed on by greater indebtedness by the government. Simple economics – when the government is tasked with funding more welfare, either some other program is cut, or taxes are hiked.   Getting people who have been given something free to say they will suddenly pay their fair share – is nearly impossible. Once the propaganda has been injected into the system, it can rarely be purged.

France has been touted as having one of the best systems in the world. How? By eliminating the middle man, the insurance industry, France has created a universal system in which the government acts as the insurance agency. This would be much like the Social Security system in the US that works so well… Except that it doesn’t.   So what went wrong?

Demographics.

France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, etc… have all experienced a negative population growth that stands to create dire problems in the next decade as the youth market has vanished.   This same shift will ultimately put immense strife on these healthcare systems as the aged pay nothing for healthcare and the youth population is insufficient to prop up healthcare.   In France, wages are taxed a 13% surcharge for healthcare. In the US that would mean a person earning $45,000 would see an automatic $5850 deduction from their pay whether they went to the doctor or not.

The once sweetheart of healthcare, France, is watching its system flail, falter and go broke.   Germany too is being weighed down – not just from a shifting demographic, but from the adjunct of immigrant healthcare.   The unemployment rate in France is 9.7%, with 6.2% underemployed. The youth unemployment rate is far worse at over 21%.   The numbers do not include immigrants not granted employment status or citizenship.   For example, The Netherlands now requires seven years residency before a person may file for naturalization.   Germany is 8 years and France is five years.

Therefore, the unemployment rates are skewed and far higher than reported.

The UK is already operating on a 40-58 billion pound annual deficit.   Where exactly should the additional money for the failing NHS system be extracted?   And with the added pressure of the EU Commission aligned with Merkel and Macron demanding BREXIT divorce costs upwards of $53 billion and counting, it is a difficult notion to address exactly how the UK proposes to mitigate these issues.

It’s complicated.

The understatement for every political agenda and person that exists today.   Putin recently made some comment that how the system works is completely contrary to what we are led to believe. The innuendo would be that what we see, what we believe, is basically a house of mirrors.

Not necessarily far-fetched, but most definitely not mainstream.   Mainstream would have us believe that everything they say is the Gospel, everything they do – is Christ’s walk – and everything they think – is God’s journey.   It is a far far craggy path – but it is nothing per nothing – that they would have us believe. It is far greater. Far more beautiful. And far more carved in stone.

There is nothing more challenging than betrayal. Whether it be from a colleague, a friend, a spouse, a blood relative, it is something that weights incredibly heavily on the heart and soul.   I have had the privilege of bearing such weight.   From multiple sources.   And each time, I feel it anew, as though I have never experienced it before.   And although it is a part of my history, each time, it devastates me, takes me, and I feel its ravage. And each time, the perpetrator feels privileged, entitled to their war, all the while proclaiming their devout affinity to peace, love and compassion.

How can that be?

Macron – A Hero in France?

The German media is hailing Macron’s term as President of France as a grand success! He’s a hero! He’s a saint! He has accomplished what no man has done before and as a result his approval rating is at an all time high! Yeah!! Or not.

What has Macron accomplished that makes him worthy of such accolade? He has made a few tax reforms and a labour reform or two.   The tax reform is to reduce the corporate rate from 33.3% to 25%, to introduce a ‘progressive tax rate’, and abolish property tax rates. Some of these overhauls will phase in as of 2018, others will phase in over 5 years, including the corporate tax rate reduction.   Many of his tax reforms were simultaneously imposed by Trump, however the reception of the German media was quite hypocritical.  In fact, they were downright irate!  How dare Trump!

Labour reforms include making it easier to fire people, and lifting some regulations although the 35 hour work week and the retirement age of 62 remain in force. Yawn.

As a result of Macron’s massive reforms, France’s GDP rose to about 1.6%! WOW! The only problem, the GDP was estimated to rise to this level in 2014, three years before Macron was elected.   So how could he possibly be anointed with this accomplishment?

France holds an unemployment rate of 9.7%, and a youth unemployment rate of 24%.   It’s debt stands at about a third of the US, yet it’s GDP is only 11% of that of the US, and public debt is 20% higher.   Yet, somehow Macron is a genius and Trump an idiot? How does that work?

Macron’s proposal claims that the ‘source’ of revenue to cover these dramatic reforms will come from freezing government wages, a reduction of 120,000 public sector jobs, and a reduction in subsidies to French regions.   All of which will increase – unemployment.  Hmmm.

Merkel, Macron, Spain, Italy and Belgium all voiced major protests regarding Trump’s tax reform because they felt it would reflect in their own economic rosy development picture.   Which is true.   In addition, if Trump follows through with cuts to the UN and NATO, Europe will have to provide for their own military, increasing budgetary costs while already operating at a deficit.  The US has been subsidizing their militaries for decades, by the same taxpayers that the French consider unworthy and American racist, white, elite, Deplorables.

Macron’s approval rating is also subject to interpretation fluctuating Yugely depending on who is conducting the poll. Strange…  Some claim he sat at 60% when elected. Others report he tanked to 50% as of September only to rebound to 52% today…   That is according to the pollster, Ifop, a market research firm that sells polls to political parties.   But other pollsters claimed that Macron’s approval rating was 30% as of September, a far cry from the Ifop polls. How could that be?

Ifop is headed by Laurence Parisot, a woman, who also happens to be on the board of PNP Paribas. Paribas is infamously linked to the Rothschilds, the same Rothschilds who bought Macron and groomed him before planting him into the fray for election fodder.

Swaying public thought, the altered approval rating is simply another means of creating fake news.

France’s largest source of revenue is it’s chemical industry accounting for $73 billion in annual exports and which includes a cluster of US companies including; DOW Chemical, Exxon, DuPont, and LyondellBasell.   If those companies would decide to repatriate their stream back to the US per the revised tax reform instituted by Trump, the dent would be felt by France’s economy.  Hence the massive fear invoked in the EU for Trump and his reforms.

While the tax rates of both France (phased in over 5 years) and the US have been lowered, there does remain a giant thorn, the cost of labour, the work week, and unions. According to one company that was being asked to open shop in France, this was his impression:

Maurice Taylor Jr., head of the tyre company Titan International did not mince his words:

‘”I’ve visited this factory several times. The French workers are paid high wages but only work three hours. They have one hour for their lunch, they talk for three hours and they work for three hours. I said this directly to their union leaders; they replied that’s the way it is in France.”

Anyone…Anyone?