It is part of The Democratic party’s pitch. It has a fundamental appeal to the human heart. We do not like to even imagine anyone having to suffer because they cannot afford a doctor. Fortunately, with Medicaid and the emergency room protocols no one is left in the cold.
But what about this idealistic vision of free healthcare? If you are sitting at the admitting desk in a hospital checking patients in for surgery, observation and etc., will you be willing to donate your time and do this job for free so that others can get medical treatment? Or will you go to work for a business that is willing to pay you $10 to $13 an hour for similar duties? If you are volunteering your time out of the goodness of your heart, how do you pay your rent, buy your groceries or pay your bills?
Now, what if you are a doctor, a nurse, a lab technician, a radiologist or one of the hundreds of specially trained individuals who either paid their own hard earned money for additional education and sacrificed the time required in order to obtain the proficiency needed or they have exited that time period with a substantial amount of debt. This debt is added to all of the normal expenses of living, yet if healthcare is a right and we should receive it free then no one pays.
So, you say…..well, the government will pay. Ok, how will the government, already in debt over $200 trillion (when you add in unfunded liabilities), afford to add the cost of all the nations doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, dentists, their offices, equipment, people’s medicine and outpatient treatments, surgery, the list is absolutely endless. If the government did try to take this on, we would no longer have the greatest medical care in the world, medical care that draws people from countries like Canada, Great Britain, France, UAE, etc. Our government would have to regulate the salaries to doctors. Fewer and fewer of our brightest would go into medicine because they could make more in other fields. Prescription drug prices would also be heavily regulated, so what drug company would invest money looking for a new drug to cure cancer or diabetes? With the number of doctors entering the workforce dropping, there would eventually be more people who need care than doctors available to see them quickly. I could keep citing examples but hopefully that generally paints the picture.
If you want to look at an example of government managed healthcare, we have it already. The VA is what we will be dealing with if we turn our healthcare over to the government. I know that my examples are oversimplified, but fairly accurate nonetheless.
We need more competition between insurance companies instead of different companies setting up fiefdoms within individual states with no competition! We need Health Savings Accounts that can be used by the entire family and that can be inherited. We need to drop Obamacare which has made healthcare more expensive and less responsive to the needs of the patient. We don’t need socialized medicine!