Healthcare Should Not Be a For-Profit Business, says Jesse Ventura

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Two places in society should not be run by corporate-minded individuals: healthcare and government. The for-profit model fails to provide proper services or fairness, says the former Minnesota governor. Ventura’s latest book is “American Conspiracies, Second Edition” (


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Transcript – Pharma is corporate healthcare and I don’t believe that healthcare should be a for profit business. And unfortunately with pharma it totally is. Like this bozo – that pill that AIDS patients needed and this bozo raises the price from $12 a pill to what was it – $900 or something ridiculous. Well there you’ve got an example of private sector coming in and making everything for profit. Always remember that there’s a difference – and this is for the people out there for these like CEOs like Trump that run. There’s a difference between government and a corporation. Corporations are for profit. That is all they’re for. Turning out profit for the shareholders. Government is to provide services and that’s a different ballgame. Providing services to being for profit. So you cannot run them the same way. People are saying oh, run it like a private corporation. No. Private corporations are for profit and that’s what you’re seeing in the healthcare industry today. It’s being run for profit and I don’t think people’s health should be run for profit. Certainly people don’t work in the industry should earn a living. No one is denying that. But when you read about the heads of these healthcares making what – $40 million a year – stock options to where they have so much money they couldn’t spend it all. All at the sake of our health. Health should not be for profit. If you’re sick in a country like ours, it’s simple. You should have the ability to go see a doctor.

Everybody in this country deserves the same healthcare that congressmen get. How’s that. Whatever congressmen get, you and I deserve the same thing. They should be no better or no worse than us. After all don’t they work for us? Or aren’t the supposed to? We’re the boss. They’re the employee. All you see on daytime television and I love it, tell your doctor about this drug. Well let me steal from Bill Maher if I will for a moment. If you’re telling your doctor what you need your doctor’s not a doctor, he’s a dealer. He should be telling you what you need. He’s the doctor. So why do they do ads on TV telling you to take these drugs? And the point is yes, they do control our entire healthcare system today. The pure Libertarian is almost an anarchist. I’ve butted heads with them at times and they believe some of them that there’s no role of government at all. And I’ve kind of said come on, in a civilized society you’ve got to have some type of entity that performs fairness within society. You’d have anarchy if you don’t have in a civil society if you don’t have some form of control of the people. So I understand the Libertarian viewpoint enough but I’m also a realist, you know. You’re not going to live in Utopia. That’s impossible. We’re human beings. We make mistakes. We’re not gods. We’re humans.


40 thoughts on “Healthcare Should Not Be a For-Profit Business, says Jesse Ventura

  1. The parasite Joe Biden gets free the best health care and why care for the poor when he's a yes man to the rich elite. The Repubictards and Demoncatz are the same party ( two sides of the same coin ) ! The party for the rich elite !% and their mega-corporations. John F Kennedy was the last real President that we had and it got him assassinated ! Every other president has just been yes men and just figure heads ! You can see from Johnson to Trump and notice the plight of the poor . The destruction of the unions, under taxation of the rich and over taxation of the poor, free medical care for the Senate, House of Representatives, and President ! Yet they deny medical care for the poor so the rich insurance companies can keep their money! Health care for the poor to the Repubictards and Demoncatz is pure socialism and communism but free health care for them, full pay in retirement, trillion dollar buyouts for the mega-corporations, and tax breaks for the rich in trickle down myth! That is the great capitalism they spew about i.e. Social Corporatism ! Don't you think the polls are fake and dishonest ! Bernie Sanders has low poll ratings really ?, it is insulting to people that think for themselves, but OK for the Bread and Circuses crowd ! The Media lies and supports these fake polls and therefore are fake news ! Good job Jesse !

  2. Govt. sponsors Single Payer Healthcare and old
    Age pensions ,and programs for the needy,education etc.IS NOT SOCIALISM…It's
    Govt.Policy making service out of taxes to provide the nation what Govts are supposed to do for its People.No one asks where money comes from to Use for unecsessary Wars out
    our same Taxes.SOCIALISM is when a country
    Owns all the Corporations,Oil,Resources etc.etc.
    There's the difference we are not to know!!!
    All countries that have Healthcare etc. are not
    Socialists!!……..Just saying!

  3. Billions of military spending and free money to Israel and yet they say they can’t afford to provide healthcare to the citizenry.

  4. Government is not too provide services. Its to protect your natural rights. Healthcare is not a natural right it requires someone else's labour.
    If you want to play the moral argument then sure … Don't steal others money to fund your healthcare. If you use taxes you make it difficult for private healthcare to compleat and the consumer is having the income they could spend on health care stolen by the government to give them gov't health care.
    It Limits free choice it's not voluntary this is authoritarian.
    It's also not a utopia a utopia is where everyone has gold pool liners and 20 cars. In a libertarian society, there is inequality there will be poverty and the police may be a little less friendly as the majority of what they would be facing would be violent crime since drugs and stuff would be 100% legal …

  5. Everyone deserves exactly what they pay for. The government has no money other than what it takes from us citizens. Government screws up everything they touch. All the free stuff mentality is pure unadulterated socialism. Lies are propagated about the merits of Universal health care continuously and the average person is brainwashed into believing lies. Research it and be surprised at the results. Free market is the answer.

  6. "Corporations are for profit, that's all they're for. Government offers services, that's a whole different ball game".

    Is it a different ball game? How do companies make their profit? Could it be, through the services they provide? Jesse is a potato

  7. Food shouldn't be a for-profit business. Who do those greedy restaurants and grocery stores think they are, profiting off the hunger of others? FREE FOOD FOR EVERYONE!*

    * – terms and conditions apply. These include, but are not limited to, a 90% tax rate and bread lines.

  8. None of what this guy says will ever be implemented.he does not separate biomedical research from healthcare administration.people are already struggling to get PhD's and signs well making 40 K a year. As a post doc. Be clear, United States subsidizes the rest of the world because most of the commercialization of drugs goes on there, that's where drug company to make a profit and why other countries can negotiatelower prices

  9. I'm somewhat disappointed that you uploaded this video BigThink. It's spreading false information and completely biased information that is not 'educating' anyone in any way. It's not leading someone to expand their horizons, it's creating bias in an audience based off of false information and one man's sad opinion.

    Not impressed.

  10. Oh, so companies should not compete to provide healthcare. Instead money should be forcible took from us to give people this service. The competition of private companies would provide people with a lower cost, more effective, and more efficient service. Free health care does not exist, you have to pay taxes to cover the cost. The people who maintain government are not how you think they are. They do not wish to serve you unless it serves themselves. They use government to bring massive profits to themselves. They manipulate you, steal from you, prey on you, and feed off you. Crime essence is government, derived and inspired to suit the needs of the entity. Government is truly a horrendous thing.

  11. Jessie Ventura making perfect sense as usual. Why do governments and industry have such practicality. Oh it would help the people instead of a few vultures and that can not be after all this is a democracy

  12. Of course he's right. This is one reason why the U.S. is embarrassingly backward, and anti-social.. Healthcare should be like clean water: easily available all, and NOT for insurance companies' pockets.

  13. The comment section is filled with the typical American anti-socialist drivel that makes the US seem so ignorant and ethnocentric to the rest of the world. Go ahead, keep the status quo and we in Europe will continue to outperform the US and gradually take over the industries you used to dominate. Keep putting climate change deniers on the scientific board in your government who barely invest any money in NASA and spend a shitload on the military. Keep having private insurance companies make ridiculous profits from vulnerable people and not have "government-sponsored socialist/communist" single payer healthcare system. It's only gonna keep your life expectancy lower than ours. Keep your education system as pricey as it is where the curriculum has to constantly be dumbed down in order for your people to graduate. It will only keep your population and your electorate as uneducated in general as it is and we will keep hammering you in every industry that you used to be at the frontier of. You guys even have one candidate who is in favor of all the issues that would actually be in your best interests and yet way too many of you relentlessly attack him with the most uneducated arguments you'd expect from Cold War dinosaurs. If Sanders loses this election, it's done for America unless Elizabeth Warren runs later on.

  14. Lotta comments here equating taxes to theft, and lots of free market bullshit. You're all sociopaths who believe that we should just let people die rather than tax the ultra rich.

    I don't care what job you do, or how well you do it, NO ONE deserves a salary over 5M/y. No exceptions. No one person deserves to live in ungodly luxury while there are people working JUST AS HARD making nothing. Seriously, if you believe that the CEO of a company works harder or requires more education, or training than a master electrician, or a surgeon, or anything else, you're a… well probably a republican.

  15. Sadly healthcare will never stop being a for-profit business. This is a capitalist country and Doctors and others high in rank are making too much money off of it for them to stop it now

  16. It's odd, hospitals are non profit by law and yet charge 100$ for an asprine. After years of fighting legislator backed unions, a for profit company opened a surgery center and charged 5 times less for the same procedures with better quality care and still made a profit. Yet, a person who has a patent by law can legally have a monopoly on a medication nearly two decades. Is the problem the laws or the business?

  17. Hey Jesse, look up the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. It is completely for-profit instead of non-profit (which are highly subsidized FROM TGE GOVERNMENT). While you're right that corporations can do terrible things, govt and its monopoly on force and coercion provide them with the power for bad corporations to stay and not be involved in real competition

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