No-Bama: the flaws of Universal Health Care

Evan Carbone, Buisness Manager

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Oh Obama, what have you done now? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised anymore. I’ll admit, for a while there I thought the American public might actually stand up to your blatant arm twisting and outright bribery, but they didn’t. Of course when you brand three quarters of us as “racists and bigots” and the remaining quarter are such simpering idiots that they’d follow you into a volcano if your teleprompter screen commanded it, it tends to get rather difficult to oppose you. Now you’ve gone and rammed the overwhelmingly unwanted universal healthcare bill down our collective throats. Fantastic…
In case you’re one of the uninformed, universal healthcare passed recently, which means that soon (2014) the government will be funding healthcare for everyone, and in the meantime we’ll begin paying for it now. As Nancy Pelosi put it, this healthcare bill was “bipartisan without the Republicans”, or more accurately, self serving and against the wishes of 80% of the tax paying public. How many times does this experiment need to fail before people realize how bad of an idea it truly is?
Universal healthcare has been tried and tested in numerous countries throughout Europe and North America, and all of those tests and trials have led to strikingly similar end results. Canada has 6 month waiting lists for basic scans and tests, Great Britain has turned into a bureaucracy more focused on meeting estimates than the actual patients, and France has mandatory internal taxes of over 10% to help fund healthcare. In addition, all of them are dealing with failing economies due in no small part to the black hole that is government funded universal healthcare.
Here’s an idea, instead of making drastic and sweeping reform, why don’t we try smaller, more manageable reforms first. We could try allowing competition over state lines for example, which would allow the invisible hand of capitalism to drive the prices of health insurance down thereby making it more available for not only the average worker, but also more desirable for employers to pick up. Or, here’s a big one, we could try tort reform, so all the sue happy, money grubbing scum suckers can’t file suit against a doctor every time he makes even slightest mistake. I can almost guarantee that those smaller reforms would drive down the cost of health insurance to manageable levels, and if they don’t the option of sweeping reform would still be on the table.
Lets face a fact for just a moment, the government can’t do anything as well as the private sector can. UPS and Fed Ex outclass the U.S. postal service; private contractors can do twice the work of government contractors at half the cost in half the time; Red Cross can more effectively distribute relief funds than FEMA, and I will guarantee that the current healthcare system is more effective than a government run system will be.
The reason the private sector is so much more effective than the government at just about everything lies in the fact that the private sector is free of the bureaucratic restraints that the government has to deal with. The private sector’s main focus is profit, and as such private corporations know how to most effectively get the best product to the people at the least cost to both themselves and their customers. That’s the whole idea behind capitalism, and when it’s allowed to work, it works beautifully.
The government on the other hand is littered with bureaucratic systems of failure. Layers upon layers of worthless paper pushers try their hardest every day to do as little as they possibly can, while claiming they’re overworked and underpaid. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to get sick I’d rather be treated than sit in a waiting room while I’m processed and rated to determine if I’m worth the cost of the treatment.
Yes, I did just imply that under universal healthcare, coverage will be rationed, mostly because it will be. Although rationing won’t be as extreme as the Republican’s have painted with secret ‘death panels’, there will be a committee of people who will determine who gets healthcare coverage and who gets painkillers to make death easier. The fact is that there won’t be enough money to cover everyone, despite Messiah Obama’s promises. Healthcare in and of itself is an expensive venture, to expensive for a government to run effectively in a country the size of the U.S.; it just can’t work in the long term. There in lies the problem at the heart of this whole matter, people, specifically the Obama administration, aren’t looking at this in the long term, they’re thinking about this in the here and now, and at this very moment it sounds like a good idea, especially to idealists (if not outright socialists or even communists) like Obama, Pelosi, and Reed, but twenty or thirty or forty years down the road this entire program is going to be more of a broken money sink than a beneficial plan.
Finally we arrive at the here and now. The bill has passed, and there is nothing we can do about it. The best we can hope for at the moment is that the voting public (since most of us aren’t yet old enough to vote) will elect a more Centrist or Republican Congress in November, and a similarly Centrist or Republican president in 2012 and together they can work together to repeal Obamacare. Until then we will begin to pay for the mistakes of our parents and a corrupt system. In the meantime we may as well bow down to the almighty Obama and watch as he tries to twist our capitalistic democracy into a socialist dictatorship…

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