IMO health care is not an entitlement any more than owning a car or a house is. Health care workers are not slaves who should be forced to provide extensive labor to people and governments as a political tool to soothe the minds of people more willing to buy big screen TV’s and new cars rather than pay their health insurance bill. If a person wants good health care, that person should work and pay for good solid coverage. If they want to gamble on not becoming ill, then their gamble should not be paid for with my tax money – or Bill and Oprah’s tax money. In the US, no person (unfortunately this includes illegal aliens) can be turned away at our hospital emergency rooms for medical treatment. Emergency health care is available here for everyone already. I was asked once an anecdotal question on a forum what I thought would happen if an illegal alien child from Mexico was hit by a car in East LA. I answered the child would be treated under our federal law and that if the child was at home in Mexico that child would not have been hit by a car in East LA in the first place. Our porous borders have done more to damage our citizens’ perception of the country’s health care system than anything else. I say perception, because even with its flaws, the United States still has provably the best health care system in the world.
The fact I don’t want the United States to become a socialist cesspool of mediocrity matters not. Our elected officials are hell bent on stripping anything resembling our country’s golden history of individual fortitude, courage, and self-reliance to forge a new nanny state of irresponsible sheep. Our congressional leaders do it so as to buy votes with each newly acquired gift they give away as if they pay for it themselves. Bankrupting our country both monetarily and morally gives our congressional weasels not a second’s pause. They care more about posturing and arm waving over the global warming scam then they do about defeating Islamo terrorists. It is the height of ignorance to believe they give a wit about our health care. It’s about control.
Ever wonder why we can buy term life insurance in huge sums for next to nothing? It’s because there is portability across state lines for life insurance. A life insurance company like Physician’s Mutual can provide life insurance to anyone in the country. Competition drives down the price and even I can have a $100,000 policy for less than $250 a year at age sixty. If health insurers here in California like Kaiser or Sutter Health could compete with all other health insurers in every state, competition would drive the price down. Portability would make a difference. Stir in Tort reform harnessing the damn lawyers and our health care system would still be the best in the world and a hell of a lot cheaper. This won’t sit well with government of course because they would be out of the health care business where they can grant favors for votes and control like potentates from on high.
In any case here is a brilliant article on what we have and what we will lose by Mark B. Contantian in the Wall Street Journal.