The HealthCare Mess

Recently I watched the movie SICKO by Michael Moore.  And it has raised a few questions in my mind.

Some might consider these to be radical questions, others might think that I’m abandoning my conservative ideals.  But as I’ve stated before,  we are all living, walking contradictions.

We have the radical left-wing and the radical right-wing and then there are all of those in the middle.

I can’t get a government organized the way I want, so I have to settle for an imperfect union.  And that’s what politicians do too.  But despite my desire for a strict Libertarian form of Federal Government, I think in order to fix what we currently have, we may have to swing the other way when it comes to healthcare.

Before you accuse me of jumping on the Socialist Bandwagon, let’s look at what other Government run programs we have.  To name a few:

1. The Post Office.  Even at 44 cents it is still a bargain compared to the alternatives.  And the private sector has not come up with a lower cost alternative to First Class Mail.

2. Public Education. Dollar for Dollar, less than the Private Schools, and money is NOT the real reason some schools do a better job than others.  There are many, many other factors involved too.

3. Police & Fire Departments.  Funded by tax dollars, but very few complaints overall and there are not really any serious private sector options that compare.

What concerns me most is that the politicians that are either trying to pass or block a health care reform bill don’t have the guts for a radical change.  They are too concerned about getting reelected or getting financial contributions to take the big bold steps and throw out our current system.

If we were to eliminate the insurance companies and put all of us on the public dole, we could clean up this mess.  The arguments of a public option would be eliminated, because the public option would not be optional.

Yes, our taxes would increase, but our insurance premiums would be gone.  The cost of health care procedures and medicines would drop since there would be less layers of companies adding to the mix that are making profits.

The problem right now, is that the politicians are trying to be sly about this and appeal to everyone and go thru multiple steps before they end up at the final goal of a universal, government payed for, taxpayer-funded health care system for the citizens of the United States.

We need 60 Senators who will know that is less painful to rip a band-aid off quickly, than to drag it out the way they are doing right now.

100 years ago, before the mass and instant communication world we live in now, they could have done this, but today… I’m concerned that they will only apply more band aids and screw it up even more.


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