Hillary Clinton has announced her grand objective in universal health care: a $110 Billion a year program that will supposedly rely on the incredibly efficient and capable folks at Medicare to manage. Key within the plan is an “individual mandate” that would require you to carry health insurance. It’s just like being required to carry auto insurance, they say. Except that if I don’t own a car, I don’t have to carry said insurance. The health insurance isn’t something you can opt out of.
Of course they’re going to tax the crap out of people making high wages to pay for it, but who cares about them, right? I mean, we dealt with those people effectively with the Alternative Minimum Tax that seems to be taking a larger bite out of middle-class earners these days. (Whoops!) Don’t think that will start happening in this case, do you? I mean, after all, we’re not suggesting anything to prevent it so why would it happen?
Virtually every person I’ve spoken with who has had to have dealings with Medicare has complained about it. Things take too long; they’re done incorrectly. Trying to get a person working in that agency who actually cares about getting the job done right is like the quest of Diogenes, only you don’t have a working lantern. And Hillary is suggesting that we dump an additional workload numbering in the tens of millions onto this unresponsive agency?
All of the talk about government-mandated and managed healthcare in these other countries that are supposedly utopias never seems to explain that when people in those other countries really need serious care, they come here where their healthcare systems don’t cover things. Asked why they do that, the answer is fairly universal itself: to get such care back home would take too long. And this is model we want to emulate here?
People don’t have health insurance because it’s too expensive, not because it’s not government sanctioned. It’s expensive because medical treatments are expensive. A good part of the reason they’re expensive is because of medical malpractice insurance, that’s also expensive. Start talking about tort reform and really putting some of the medical procedures and insurance practices under some bright lights and more people and businesses could afford to get that health insurance from the private sector where such belongs.
This issue nearly got her husband booted from the White House in 1994 and actually did help the GOP gain control of Congress. It was a loser then and it’ll be one now.
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