Sweden’s Failing Welfare State

FeaturedSweden’s Failing Welfare State

In a debate article in Sweden’s biggest newspaper Aftonbladet on New Year’s Eve 2020, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, admits that the covid-19 pandemic has revealed the deep deficiencies in the Swedish society. Not surprising . At the end of February 2021 12,713 people in Sweden has died from the illness, that’s about 1,270 per million inhabitants compared to 121 in Finland and 121 in Norway.  

The question is why the difference. A report released earlier this year by the Swedish Covid-19 Commission points to Sweden’s failing universal healthcare.  Especially failing  in protecting older people. Almost 90 % of the people who died in Sweden was 70 years of age or older and most of them lived in service accommodation. The report concludes that there are structural shortcomings in older care and that providers were unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the pandemic due to, among other things, fragmented organization and lack of medical expertise. 

 “The overall assessment is that the Swedish strategy, regarding elderly care, has failed,” Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the Sweden Democrats, wrote on Twitter. “It is a tragic story about how people in Sweden in 2020 died unnecessarily.”

In the beginning of December the country’s statistics agency, said Sweden recorded the second deadliest month. The death toll in the country of 10 million was only eclipsed by the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

However, according to Prime Minister Löfven, Sweden has not only failed in universal healthcare , the government has also failed in protecting its citizens against rampant criminality and violence. 

” You should be able to trust the Swedish system, when you call the police, become sick, are old or giving birth to your child”, Löfven said in his debate article.

Food for thought for the Biden Harris administration maybe? President Joe Biden has among other things called for giving every American affordable healthcare , building on Obama Care and getting rid of private medical insurance. His running mate Kamala Harris has not explicitly talked about defunding the police although many demonstrators this summer said so. Instead she has talked about ‘reimagine’ public safety 

We need to reimagine how we are achieving public safety in America,” she said in early June 2020 in an episode of the TV program The View. “To have cities where one-third of their entire budget is going to policing but yet there is a dire need in those same cities for mental health resources, for resources going into public schools, for resources going into job training and job creation — come on. We have to be honest about this.”

Maybe it is time for the Biden Harris administration to ponder Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s latests debate article.

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Endast 10 demokratiska presidentkandidater kvalificerar för nästa debatt i september

Endast 10 demokratiska presidentkandidater kvalificerar för nästa debatt i september

Dallas, Texas torsdag den 29e augusti, 2019

Nu är det klart. 23.59 på onsdagskvällen annonserade amerikanska DNC, den Demokratiska National Kommittén, att endast 10 av de mer än 20 demokratiska presidentkandidaterna i 2020 valet mött kvalifikationerna som gör det möjligt för dem att delta i den demokratiska presidentkandidat debatten i Houston, Texas den 12e september. Debatten, som kommer att sändas av den spansktalande TV-kanalen Univision, ABC, samt blir streamad av ABC News Live, kommer alltså att bli endast en 1- kvälls affär.

De tio kandidaterna som hoppas kunna utmana Donald Trump 2020, och lyckats möta de omdiskuterade och mer stringenta kraven för att få en chans på scenen är: 

  • Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  • Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
  • Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, of Texas
  • Senator Kamala Harris of California
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts 
  • Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur

Dessa kandidater har kvalificerat sig genom att få pengar från mer än 130,000 unika personer samt vinna åtminstone 2 procent i en av de fyra senaste opinionsundersökningarna.

Ett flertal av de kandidater som hamnat utanför debatten den 12e september har varit kritiska mot DNCs krav men affärsmannen och miljardären Tom Steyer samt Hawaii kongress kvinnan Tulsi Gabbard har fortfarande en möjlighet att möta DNCs krav och delta i oktober debatten.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand från New York hoppade av president racet igår, och före detta guvernören av Colorado, John Hickenlooper, har istället bestämt sig för en senator kampanj.

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