A scary consequence of socialized medicine
Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008
“Jack Rosser’s doctor says taking Pfizer’s Sutent cancer drug may keep him alive long enough to see his 1-year-old daughter, Emma, enter primary school. The U.K.’s National Health Service says that’s not worth the expense. “
Americans, we need to proceed with extreme caution when it comes to health care reform! Cursory research into socialized health systems in countries such as Great Britain and Canada will yield frightening stories like that of Jack Rosser.
I’m not a Pollyanna about this issue–having had some work experience in an industry related to health care, there are certainly things that need to be done to improve health care in the U.S. But, we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. America has one of the safest medical industries in the world and it goes hand in hand with the standard of living that we enjoy here. Our standard of living is so good because we are a fundamentally Capitalist nation, although we have more government interference in our markets than we need.
My plea for free market solutions may fall on deaf ears but I’m going to make it anyway. Putting the federal government in charge of health care is not a good idea–central planners in Washington D.C. don’t know what is best for you and your health. Patients and their families and doctors need to be empowered to make decisions about care, not bureaucrats. No existing government program gives me any confidence that they can or should handle health insurance. Not Social Security–it’s practically bankrupt. According to its own website, Social Security benefits are fully payable until 2041 at current levels. And we’re on the brink of a massive wave of baby boomer retirements. In not too many years, there will be more people drawing SS benefits than there are workers paying in. Hmm…and I thought Amway was the most insidious pyramid scheme out there.
Same with Medicare. Have you seen the commercials–seniors can get a power chair with no out of pocket cost if they have Medicare. I’m willing to bet by the time I’m checking out shiny new power chairs, Medicare will be broke. Instead of trusting the same federal government that brings you the Post Office, The Bureau of Land Managment and the TSA, we need to reform our existing health care system.
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