It’s like that Annie Lennox song…

Why???
Let’s forget about the fact that a system like this costs an unbelievable amount of money to sustain, money we don’t have. What about the quality of patient care? With all the news we read about other nations who have universal healthcare, why would we even consider it a viable option?

Thousands of surgeries may be cut in Metro Vancouver due to government underfunding, leaked paper…

Over 45,000 NHS staff call in sick every day, which is lowering standards of patient care, according to the first national NHS Health and Wellbeing Review into staff habits.

The Office of National Statistics revealing that more than 30,000 people have died in England and Wales from hospital infections in just five years. Translated proportionately into American demographics, that would be 150,000 fatalities. Not the best advertisement for socialized health care.

Canada Sees Boom in Private Health Care Business

knee2We don’t even have to look around the word to find examples of this at work. Look at the Massachusetts and Oregon healthcare plans. These sovereign states have the right to experiment with both socially and economically. The results of these experiments can then be looked to in order to discern whether or not these same experiments should be adopted by other states. They have failed (much like Medacare, Medacaid and Social Security have failed). Looking at these failed experiments, both at home and worldwide I’ll ask my question again. Why?? The answer is simple. This was never about healthcare, it’s not about helping people, it’s not about the poor. This is about the federal government expanding the power they have over our lives. Plain and simple. Clip those strings- I don’t believe they can run our lives better than we can.

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One response to “It’s like that Annie Lennox song…

  1. Two thoughts, first with current insurance if you don’t like a decision by the insurance company you can appeal. If they deny it you can get an independent review. If it is employer sponsored you can often get your employer to intercede on your behalf. If you are not satisfied, you can then take it to the Courts. Then there’s the single payer system, or public option when the Federal Government denies your coverage who are you going to appeal the decision with?
    Second thought, what if health care cost is an unsolvable problem? What if we got the waste out of the system, reduced incomes of health plan CEOs and doctors, provider and plan profits — and we somehow kept them in the business of providing health care — but trend continued rise at 2 to 3 times general inflation because new treatments, procedures and medical advances kept on coming, people lived longer and research to find various cures required larger and larger sums of money…we would be in the same state we are now.
    Maybe, just maybe, market supply and demand is at work here. We have an inelastic demand for health care and and a scarcity of resource so that the cost rises faster than other products and services.
    No amount of health insurance, health care or just health reform is going to solve the cost problem.

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