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There is Nothing More Expensive than a Free Anything


Over at Doug Ross@Journal there is a very well done photo post about National Healthcare . It’s worth taking a few minutes reading because the post states some basic truths about government run and controlled health care.

Not only will government run health care be expensive, in a word, it will suck. At a point that will be reached relatively quickly, cost, not need, will become the primary determinant of who gets care and who doesn’t. If you think you wait long for an appointment or to be seen in an Emergency Department now, you’ll look back in a few years and refer to these waits as “The Good Old Days”.

At a point, if we follow the English and Canadian models, rationing will be used as a form of soft euthanasia. That is, no one will be actively eliminated, but some people will be told that their condition is not treatable or that the likelihood of recovery is too small to expend the money needed to treat it. Look for less health care and more hospice care.

The thought that the federal government, enormous, inertia bound, filled with politicians looking for votes as well as bureaucrats looking to cover their behinds until they get their pensions, can do a better job running the medical industry than the combination of private and local public entities doing it now is preposterous.

Finally, if you think you are paying a lot for health insurance now, wait until you see what government run health care costs you. Taxes will rise, other services will be cut (especially military), the care will be worse, and you’ll likely lose your right to sue for malpractice.

Third world health care right here in the United States.

Of course, given the new rules being instituted in the House of Representatives by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, we likely won’t know the details of this bill until it reaches the Senate. Which is where the battle will be fought against this pernicious and costly fraud.

Key Questions for Senator Tom Daschle, Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services
at The Heritage Foundation has some interesting information.

I wonder if the members of the House of Representatives and Senate will be bound by the same rules that the rest of us will be? That’s an interesting question and should be asked during the upcoming debate.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Maybe it's time to just go "J.Galt" on the medical industry. Do what you can by yourself, find a friend who's trained in the medical world, & go from there. Naive, perhaps, but we're all gonna end up dead anyway sooner or later…

  2. Ok, I accept your argument. Do you have a suggestion as to how to fix the problem? Not that you have to, BTW, just want to know if you do.

  3. I do bad Yogi, but it won’t happen and you probably won’t like it.Here is the outline, No free care for anyone. People with no insurance will pay on a sliding fee scale based on their ability to pay. No care for illegal aliens. More and better primary care, which means increasing the amount insurance companies pay primary care physicians. Higher co-pays for people who use the Emergency Department. It’s turned into an alternative primary care clinic for people who are too lazy to use primary care clinics or physicians. Limit malpractice to compensation for actual damages. No punitive damages. No, it won’t increase the incidence of malpractice because insurance companies will still increase the rates of “bad” doctors. Speaking of which, the medical profession needs to do a better job policing itself. Like the helicopter EMS industry, if they don’t the government will. Lowering malpractice pay outs will also decrease the cost of medical equipment and supplies. A lot of what hospitals, doctors, and others pay for this stuff is to cover potential liability for the manufacturers.

  4. doubletrouble, that sounds like a good idea, but as someone who actually lives under National Healthcare, I can tell you it wont work.Taxes will be raised so high that you will pay for the National Healthcare regardless, your disposable income will not allow for private insurance, or any other private healthcare, unless you are one of the very few that will be able to afford it anyway (and if so, this whole discussion is moot anyway, those people can afford to pay for healthcare anywhere in the world. Sure, if you have a doctor friend that can see you privately under some sort of barter agreement, it might work, but you will still have to pay huge taxes for the National Healthcare. Leaving little room to actually pay for the healthcare you need.Btw, I do recommend having friends in the medical field that you can call in an emergency. It’s not uncommon that people get refused access to the emergency room because they’re not sick enough or hurt enough. Since it’s government run, there wont be any malpractise suits allowed anymore.

  5. That’s a very dark view of the Canadian Health Care system.Despite the problems that our system has (and yes, I admit there are problems), “soft” euthanasia is not one that I have experienced. If anything, I think that our system treats all of our citizens fairly.One could view the US model as “soft euthanasia” of the poor, don’t you think? Here in Canada, you will not be turned away or discouraged from getting primary, emergency or tertiary care because of your income. I am enormously proud of our system, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Just a perspective to consider…thanks for listening.

  6. Which shows Penelope that you know less about US health care than I do about Canadian health care. No one is turned away from health care in the US. No one. There are several federal laws that carry stiff penalties both criminal and civil if anyone is turned away from an emergency department. There are also several federal programs that provide funding for primary and tertiary care for people who can’t afford it. Even people who can, but choose not to, buy insurance are turned away. The problem in the US is that emergency care pays much better than primary care. It’s also easier because patients don’t have to make an appointment. They can just walk in and demand to be seen. EDs can’t even suggest that someone go to another hospital. I’d dare say that after 30 years of working in it, I’m pretty familiar with how the system works. I see people call 9-1-1 for trivial problems because unlike taxi cabs, we can’t demand payment up front. Same with EDs. Google “Hill Burton Act” and “EMTALA” and see what I’m talking about.

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