By partially socializing medicine (Medicare, Medicaid) government has already created an impossible budget situation. In taking another step towards the complete socialization of medicine, we are guaranteed to bankrupt ourselves. Unfortunately, I believe it is inevitable that we will do so.
The current relationship between government and “health care” is untenable, a mess. Nothing will be done to solve that. If the health care bill now in Congress is not passed, Obama will enact portions by executive fiat anyway. Congress will finish the job with a series of steps less comprehensive than the current bill.
If I thought it were possible to enact legislation that provided health care to everyone, I would be in favor of it. I know it is not possible. It seems to me that those who believe it possible -- in the face of all the evidence that government is incapable of providing anything except overwhelming force (not known to be of much use against microbes and genetic tendencies) -- are unrealistically idealistic.
The arguments in favor of a larger government presence in the doctor’s office posted on this forum have tended towards cheerleading rather than reason. Several times I’ve asked for comments on what, exactly, constitutes “health care.” Will psychiatric care be included? Who decides what treatment is likely to be fruitful and when further treatment is likely to be unfruitful?
Those who have answered have said, essentially, “Good questions. We need government to supply health care.”
Imagine a generation from now when the crop of recent graduates from medical school subscribe in large measure to the premise that good medicine comes from Congress, not science. We’ll then be in much the same situation in that realm as we are with law enforcement now, where the line troops are largely brutish thugs who do not question the policies (enacted by legislatures) they enforce that are clearly counterproductive, and the courts allow the cops tremendous latitude in their pursuit of goals that seem to be only aimed at maintaining a balance of terror.
Not so fast, Bob. How about these countries (see map)?
The blue countries are single pay Universal Health, the Green, other Universal health, and the gray, no Universal health. Also see my comment and the link inside this post.