We currently enjoy the greatest and most advanced health care system in the world. We have the world’s brightest and best trained doctors, state-of-the-art medical facilities and an existing insurance infrastructure capable of providing for most everyone. You’ll hear figures thrown around that about 47 million (the number is actually 45.6M) people in the U.S. are uninsured. Do you know what actually goes into that figure? Let’s break it down:
- 21% or 9.7M are non-citizens
- 18% or 7.9M are between the ages of 18 and 24
- 39% or 17.6M make OVER $50,000 per year
- 20% or 9.1M make OVER $75,000 per year
Does this “47 million” number that the politicians love to throw around sound nearly as bad now? There are, no doubt, people who don’t have insurance and need it. However, are we going to ruin it for 245 million other people with this terrible fix? There are many other ways in which we can reform the system in order to assist those that need help.
Let’s talk about this public “option” that congress and Obama are currently pushing. At first, and only at first, will this be an “option.” Soon after launching, it will essentially become required, and the government knows this. The “option” that they are touting is simply a slow but sure path to an inevitable system of government run health care. Here’s why…… the private sector cannot compete with a government sponsored system. You see, the government has this little tool called “taxation” that it uses to manipulate us to do what the politicians want. The government also has no concern for profits or efficiency. This means that it can charge less than it actually needs to operate and tax the heck out of any private plans that people choose to keep. This will force people into the government sponsored system and force the private health insurance companies to charge more. As they charge more, an increasing number of people will be forced into the government system. This is the "crowding out" effect that you may have heard about.
Consider this scenario: Let’s say you currently get your health insurance through your employer, which most people do. The government puts out a public “option.” They say that you still have the “choice” of private health insurance and that they are introducing the public option to make the market more “competitive and efficient.” Then the government requires every employer to offer health insurance to its employees, or it starts to tax them on their private health plans (currently employers and employees enjoy a tax exemption on employer-sponsored health care). Under the first, business owners (probably against their will) will start to opt for the public "option" to give employees, because they'll be forced to do so to cut costs. Thus, the employees are left with ONLY the public “option.” Does this sound like much of an “option” to you?
Folks, both Canada and the U.K. have tried this system, and they systems have FAILED! Heck, WE have tried it (Medicare and Medicaid) and they ARE FAILING! If you know something doesn’t work, would you try it again? NO! Then why are we letting our government do it? The man who used to run Canada’s nationalized health care system has gone on record saying that the system has failed, and they now need to rely on the private sector. They have four and a half month waits for MRIs! Lindsay McCreith, the man who was on the wait list for the MRI, decided to go to the U.S. for the scan. They found a malignant brain tumor. He returned to Canada and was told that he would have to wait months for the emergency surgery. WAITING MONTHS FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY!!!! Are you kidding me?!? Read here about a woman who came to the United States to get a tumor removed. She was on a waiting list in Canada, and when the American doctor saw her he said that she was only weeks from dying. How would you like to be on a waiting list while you are dying? Do you want the government to be deciding who lives and who dies? That’s what happens under government run health care.
I like to make my own health care decisions. I also don't mind working for it. Keep reading over the next few weeks for some fixes to the leaks in the roof that we currently have. There are many, but they can be amended, and it will only make our health care system better. The fixes will also allow more people to afford medical insurance. Let’s not burn the house down.