The Medical Industrial Complex
“We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 2015, 54% of the US discretionary budget was spent on the military. Today, we spend 6% of our Gross Domestic Product on healthcare. In my mind, these problems are equal. Ike warned about the influence building up our military would have on American society. We are living with that today. We are also dealing with insurance companies that influence our healthcare decisions.
Folks ask the question: do you want the government making decisions about your healthcare? Well, no. No more than I want insurance companies–who care only about their profits–making those decisions for me, as they are right now.