The lesson here is that no one trusts the American government, no has trusted the American government in nearly 50 years, and yet people's trust in or satisfaction with the American government is completely unrelated to its potential to deliver satisfactory, if not superior, health insurance.
Why does a 25-cent medical device cost $1,000 in the United States? If "Big Government" ruins everything, why are veterans and Medicare recipients happier with their health care than people with private insurance?
My left hand has finally reached the fame it has always desired, after having been featured last week on NPR.
Last year I wrote a book about Intrauterine Devices, but I didn't like that all of the stock photos available either depicted a woman wrinkling her nose and dangling the IUD by the string like it's hair she pulled out of the drain, or grimacing and holding her belly like she was suffering from gastritis.
So I contacted an IUD manufacturer and asked if I could have some samples to photograph.
Shortly after, I received a package in the mail of 10 free IUDs—and why not, when they only cost about 25 cents to produce? Fortunately, I was not in the United States at the time, otherwise this kind of parallel importation would have been against federal law and could have gotten me threatened with a 233 year prison sentence, like the unfortunate Dr. Canh Jeff Vo of Kentucky, among others.