The President, and democrats in Congress have been pushing hard lately for a health care bill to be passed. The proposed bill will place tough restrictions on current health insurers, as well as set up a government run insurance for any uninsured American.
So what do Americans have to look forward to? Based on other government programs and trends from other countries with socialized health care, here are a few of the things Americans will likely see in the future:
Quotas:Like any other government operation, there will be a budget in place. That essentially means that the government will place limits on itself as far as how much they will be able to spend each year. The President mentioned in his public address last week that doctors often times will choose the more expensive treatment, when a less expensive one will suffice. In this situation, a less expensive treatment might be mandated when a more expensive one is necessary. Additionally, the socialized programs in the UK and other countries are plagued with other similar annual quotas.
Longer Waits: The US Government recently launched the “Cash for Clunkers” program where it will pay $4,500 for your used car if you purchase a new, more fuel efficient car in return. The program was scheduled to start last Friday, but was delayed until today due to a problem with the website used by dealerships to report the transactions. While this doesn’t seem like a major catastrophe, the slightest wait for someone who is having a heart attack would be a disastrous catastrophe.
Poor Coverage: Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ hospitals are all shining examples of poorly run health care in the US. The US government already has a proven track record of poor coverage through these programs, so why does anyone think that the new system will be any different?
Redundancy: The President said that there are millions of uninsured Americans who will benefit from government run health care. He implied that these millions of Americans are unable to get access to insurance because they simply can’t afford it. If this was true, they would automatically be covered under Medicaid. He failed to mention that there also happen to be millions of young, healthy Americans, who choose to spend their money on other things than health insurance.
The list could continue, but I think I’ve made my point. The government has yet to prove that it is capable of running anything without having bureaucrats putting their two cents in where it isn’t wanted (or needed). Health care is something that should be left to the public to handle, not bureaucrats.