I have not watched the TV sensation that is now just two episodes away from the conclusion of its five-season run and that seems to have people completely hooked. But despite that, I did read the breathless coverage of last Sunday’s episode (it was impossible to avoid) that seemed to have been quite violent. As a result, I have (I think) a pretty good idea of the story line.
For those three people who are still unaware of what the show is about, it is the story of Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who fears that his medical bills will result in him dying leaving his family impoverished and so decides to use his chemistry knowledge to make and sell the drug meth. But he becomes extraordinarily successful at it and enters the dark work of drug dealing.
What struck me is that this plot makes sense in the context of the current US health care system and hopefully in a few years the premise of the show will become untenable. If the US had a government-run, universal, single-payer health care system like any civilized country should, White would not have had to agonize about what to do and could have returned to teaching chemistry. Cartoonist Christopher Keelty has the right idea.