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As Greedy Trump and Tory Eyes Turn Toward Privatising the NHS, Here’s How Much It Would Cost and How Many Will Die

NHS Junior Doctors Protest, 2015 | Birmingham Eastside

Michael East, Red Revolution

It seems we finally have an answer to what Brexit means: Brexit means Privatisation.

Not satisfied with chlorinated chicken, Donald Trump has made it quite clear that the United States will expect the UK to sell the NHS to private American companies as the cost of doing a trade deal.

Speaking alongside Theresa May yesterday, who of course didn’t offer a glimmer of objection, Wasteman Trump stated that the NHS would be “on the table” for future post-Brexit trade negotiations.

It is somewhat ironic that as universal healthcare begins to gain widespread acceptance in the U.S. through the longterm commitment of politicians such as Bernie Sanders, the UK is seemingly intent on going backwards-way and introducing an insurance-based system, with British citizens access to healthcare beholden to American capitalism.

While Trump has allegedly “rowed back” on his comments, this is likely mere duplicity from the so-called President, no doubt being informed as to how much damage the claims have done both to an already dying Conservative Party and to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Make no mistake, the NHS will be on the table if Britain has to go cap in hand to the forces of American capital.

But what will the cost be?

A study by the American Journal of Public Health in 2018 revealed that 45,000 American citizens every year died as a result of a lack of health insurance.

“The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviours , and baseline health. We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”

Andrew Wilper, M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine.

American citizens pay a combined $3.4 trillion a year for their health care, making the expansion of the murderous industry into the United Kingdom a logical move for grubby capitalists. Despite the fortune being paid, the service received in return is less than impressive. Figures released in 2017 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed that on average Americans “spent $9,596 on healthcare” in 2012, which was “up significantly from $7,700 in 2007.” The cost of health care was expected to increase sharply and “march steadily higher to $14,944 in 2023.”

$14,944 is £11,767.58. The median annual income in the UK, according to the most recent Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, is £28,677 for full-time employees.

The fact that thousands of the poorest in society would die alongside thousands more who would live in suffering is of course little consequence to a Conservative Party who are singularly responsible for “130,000 deaths in the UK since 2012 [which] could have been prevented if improvements in public health policy had not stalled as a direct result of austerity cuts”.

Such is the existing state of the Conservative Patry’s war on the poor that the United Nations commissioned an investigation into poverty and human rights abuses in the United Kingdom in 2018. The study focused on the policies of austerity inflicted on the poor by Theresa May and David Cameron. Despite UN experts concluding that Tory policies had impoverished 14 million people across the country, Philip Hammond “rejected” the truth in his very own “let them eat cake” moment on the BBC’s Newsnight.

The imposition of American style health-care on the British public would only add yet further misery on the 14 million living in “dire poverty” in the United Kingdom through Conservative Party austerity.

Despite Trump “rowing back” on his comments, it is common sense to know that a $3.4 trillion capitalist industry is not going to pass up the opportunity to sink their fangs into yet another nation’s health care system, that isn’t how capitalism works.

If the comments of the United Nations and Philip Hammond’s denials weren’t enough, Donald Trump has now unwittingly given voters everything they need to know about both the Conservative Party and no-deal Brexit. This is a party that is willingly impoverishing entire swathes of the nation and will sell every last asset of the people, they act with no thought besides their own pockets and those of their billionaire supporters.

“Get the Tories out” just took on a whole new sense of urgency.

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