Simple enough, right?
I’m more inclined to say the moral is “Socialized health care FTW.” http://www.salon.com/2013/09/13/amazing_comic_strip_shows_why_breaking_bad_is_only_possible_in_the_united_states/
he didn’t start cooking meth so he could afford his healthcare… he started cooking so he’d have something to leave behind for his family, that was always the focal point. the healthcare is a loose connection at best.
“A loose connection at best”? Sorry dude, but that’s not true. His healthcare costs basically bankrupted him – meaning he didn’t have any money left to leave behind for his family. That’s why he started cooking meth.
If his cancer treatment costs gets covered through an NHS-style universal healthcare system at the start of episode 1, there’s no show. His teacher pension and personal savings go to his family if he dies – rather than getting gobbled up to pay for chemo.
Don’t get me wrong though, he could still do with some more money. Teachers get paid dick-all.
Nope. The meth wasn’t about making enough for health care. In fact he still avoided it when he had the money. He knew he was going to die from the start, healthcare or not. Primary motivator was leaving money to take care of his family after he died. Healthcare is just a distraction. If Skyler didn’t make him go, he probably never would have.
If you actually watched the show, it wasn’t the money. In the end, it was his ego. He left a billion dollar company for personal reasons and felt he was too smart for his job as a chemistry teacher. His ego pushed him to become Heisenberg, rather than stopping when he had enough money.
He did not leave a billion dollar company. The company was in its infancy when he left and not turning a profit. If you watched the show, you would know that…
Fair point. Yes I know that. But in Season 5, you can TELL how much he is disgusted that he left it. Remember him telling Jesse when Jesse wants to quit cooking that this is their chance to build something, and how he left Grey Matter?
Soo… just teachers need to make more money? The show conveyed a great plot mechanism by making him a teacher, since he was a chemistry genius, but it could have easily been about anyone that doesn’t make much money and has poor insurance options, deciding to go into drug manufacturing/anyothercriminalactivity to make money for his family.
Teachers aren’t the only group that needs to get paid more money. And also, every city seems to say this – even the ones from cities with the highest paid teachers nationally. Everybody wants more, I get that. But not all teachers are underpaid.
smurgleburf and Brian Wright are correct. He didn’t want the health care because he didn’t want to go through the treatment just to continue surviving, devolve into a needy shell of a man, and then die anyway and leave his family with impossible debt. He was planning to die, and selling meth to provide for his family after his death. I’ve been rewatching the early seasons this week and these things are made pretty clear (especially in the intervention episode of season one, and the season two premiere when he’s calculating out loud how long he’ll have to work with Tuco to be able to pay for his family’s needs).
So, we should pay teachers 9 million dollars a year, each? Yeah, gl with that
Teachers have amazing health insurance.