The US health-insurance system is currently in an…awkward growth period. With Obamacare still fighting to take shape, a number of states have resorted to personal systems regarding public care.
Last night, The Daily Show showcased a system being used in Tennessee, which comes across less like a program, and more like Tennessee’s health-insurance lottery.
The segment describes the process in which Tennessee resident “earn” the right to medical care. 3,500 slots are opened for residents, and once those slots are filled, other citizens lose the ability to even apply for care.
The Daily Show picks fun at the system, but in reality, such programs are a dangerous precedent for the future of US health. Tennessee is declaring that health is a privilege, not a right.