lunes, 14 de marzo de 2016

What's Wrong With Hillary: A Sci-Fi novel against the healthcare industry that has Hillary in its pockets

By Victor Hernandez

Last year I began writing a novel called Love Robots about what would happen to America in the future if nothing changed. That is, if things like healthcare and lobbyist-controlled politics remained intact for about 140 years.

In other words, what would happen if a candidate like Hillary Clinton or any Republican were to win the presidency.

I did quite a bit of research on today's issues facing the United States in order to write this novel and then I imagined what would happen if, for example, America's health continued to deteriorate because of higher obesity rates.

Simple; the big pharma and the private healthcare industries would make trillons of Dollars either out of Americans's pockets or out of Americans's taxes selling "cures" for illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and the like. It's actually already happening, with billions of dollars being spent on diabetes treatments per year.

Right now the largest expense in the federal budget is Medicare and Social Security (no, it's not the military, that's the largest discretionary expense, but that's only a small portion of the entire federal budget). But if America's health keep on deteriorating, in the future Medicare and healthcare will be the federal budget's largest expense.

Thus, I asked myself, what would happen if a new technology allowed Americans to become healthier? Simple: big pharma and the private healthcare industry would lose billions of Dollars over time.

That's the main topic of the novel: the invention of human-like robots that actualy improve the health of Americans and how big pharma and the healthcare industry would respond to that new technology 140 years in the future (not very happily, I can say that without spoiling the novel).

I did not want do depict a dystopian future because I don't believe in dystopian futures. I think the present is dystopian, but we can change it by making choices that will improve living conditions for everybody, not just for the 1%. I wanted to depict the future as realistically as possible, so people could understand the consequences of the decisions we make today.

That is why I'm a Bernie Sanders supporter. With Bernie, there's a better chance of better future. With Hillary Clinton, or with any Republican, the present will still be dystopian.

And yes, I do mention Bernie Sanders in the novel. You'll have to look it up.

Here's the novel:

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