June 29, 2012 by Alex Cooper
We’re talking about a system that has worked in EVERY other country where implemented (and a lot better than our current system runs in America), but why does America need it?
- The number of uninsured in the U.S. is 56 million.
- Healthcare screws small businesses.
- A Central database will allow for more coherent treatment.
- Doctors can focus on healing the patient (and that’s IT).
- Free medical services will encourage patients to practice preventative medicine.
- People with pre-existing conditions will not be shunned like those with lepers thousands of years ago (and I’d hope you know better than to believe healthcare companies when they tell you this is a “serious” problem).
- America’s government, economy, and citizens will save money.
- It will increase jobs
On the flip side, how significant is this particular concern to those opposing universal healthcare? 1 in 2 Americans is poor. 1 in 5 is clinging to dear life (impoverished). Again, 56 million are uninsured. America is ranked 17th in the world for poverty index (UNDP.org), yet we are the richest nation and spend the most on healthcare.
The arguments I’ve heard (A through D):
A) We’re TOO BIG for universal healthcare to work!
Come on. Do you know how taxes work. A group of people pools their money together to buy more. More people, more money, more purchasing power (because deals go up the chain). What… will countries like Canada be screwed all of a sudden, when their population grows to 300 million?
B) I don’t want to pay for somebody else’s insurance!
Well under your own argument, somebody else is also paying for your insurance. Enough said.
C) Only 50% of people pay their taxes in this nation, so it won’t work!
Interesting, because I did the research on both the census (see bottom for sources) and the people (like http://www.csmonitor.com or Christian Science Monitor; an unbiased source I’m sure) and it turns out that 47% of American’s do not pay Federal Income Tax, by far the most staggering number in percent of a certain tax paid.
So who are these 47%? 20% of “non-tax payers” are below the federal poverty line (which is below the realistic poverty line). 22% are senior citizens and their social secuirty checks are exempt from federal income tax. So…. it seems American’s do pay taxes. In fact, 86% of all taxes are paid; the unexaggerated number. It’s just that those (like Christian Science Monitor) who make this claim, decide to neglect the fact we have government programs to help seniors, and that 20% of the US endures short, work-intesive, food-stamp ridden lives. But powerful interest groups manipulating statistics isn’t all that new.
Let’s assume your argument isn’t false on its face: You’re telling me that this 50% starts costly wars, creates hundreds of government programs (for the poor; disabled; elderly; youth; veterans; women; environment; international aid; control of diseases; public health; non-profiteer; consumer’s credit; farmer; African Americans; Native Americans; education seeker; banking conglomerates; waste managers; human resourcers; jails and institutions; homeless; post office; labor organizers; unemployed; doctors; census; military; fire fighters; promotion of the Humanities; recreational trails; renewable energy; anti-terrorism; State’s rights; Civil Rights; libraries; cemeteries; fisheries; schools; museums; roads; telephone poles; for the insured and uninsured, for the crime fighters and the criminals, for the Peace Corps and the Police Corps, for the small business and the large business, etc.), but it can’t provide healthcare universally?
WE SENT A GUY TO THE MOON (not to mention this was over 40 years ago, when we thought cigarettes weren’t bad for your health). How many people did that save? How many people are affected by that now? How much more did we even find out about outer space? Let’s be real; we did it so we could point our tongue at Russia. Mission Success. Vietnam, we showed them. Why is it so easy for us to spend 53% of our budget, in an almost unfettered fashion, for war? To spend ludicrous amounts of money over a cock-fight with a country clearly second (economically/standard of life) to the US, just so we can say we made it to the moon first? All that [and NASA’s continued funding – 14 billion/year] is worth it, but ensuring EVERY AMERICAN has access to proper healthcare is not?
D) I want to keep my current doctor, but that will be unaffordable with new tax hike spurred by universal healthcare!
Let’s think it through. You’re telling me if current US healthcare providers are forced to compete with an even bigger opponent (the government), their prices won’t drop at all? Does competition drive commodity prices up or down? There’s your answer. On top of prices, we will see a quality of service increase. Better products for cheaper; that’s the American M.O.
Under Obama’s original proposal (which is worded almost verbatim to that of Mitt Romney’s currently enacted program in MA), the average household would have a $2,500 tax/year increase. Currently the average household pays $10,000/year on healthcare. If Private Healthcare wants to stand a chance of competing, they will lower their prices so that the average household’s healthcare costs don’t exceed twice the relative tax hike; so $5,000. Can you do the math?
You can have two healthcare providers, AND better quality of service, AND live knowing your children, loved ones, AND fellow citizens will be protected, at all times. Is that not worth saving $2,500 over?
If you believe in escaping the menacing grasp of money (and it’s powerful interests), which do not get shared with your ass, then BE STRONG.
Don’t let the notion that it can’t work exist; That’s dangerous enough (and also not backed by historical trends or evidence – the definition of “make belief”).
Click here to read a summary on the new Healthcare Reform Bill.
Click here to read/download the Healthcare Reform Bill (H.R. 3962).
UNDP.org (through website portal here)