The Movie Brazil (1985) And What It Got Right

#ThursdayThoughts While watching The Young Turks segment today regarding the treatment of workers at Amazon, I was reminded of the movie classic, Brazil (1985), directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam. The film centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Thinking about the movie with today’s realities and concerns that so many of us face, healthcare, workers rights/treatment, criminal reform and governments monitoring their civilians. Pair that with our always-on, connected lives, moving closer to an ever automated future. Seems a pretty accurate portrait of today. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, check it out. The video below is by Georg Rockall-Schmidt titled: How Brazil Got Its Sci-Fi Dystopia Right

The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis

The cost of healthcare services in the U.S. is affecting Americans’ financial health in multiple ways:

  • Forty-five percent of Americans fear bankruptcy should a major health event strike.
  • Americans have collectively borrowed an estimated $88 billion in the last year to cover healthcare costs.
  • 2.7 million Americans have borrowed at least $10,000 to pay for care for themselves or a member of their household in the last 12 months.

You can download the full report here.

Mike Ellrich from @Gallup discuses the physical toll of #HCcosts in America, based on findings from our national survey#HCIDC #HCcosts pic.twitter.com/M72uLaM5oX

— West Health (@WestHealth) April 2, 2019