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.