There is a central paradox to the issue of national health care. “Health Care” and “health insurance” are treated as synonymous.
Health insurance regulations are the exclusive province of the States. There is no federal regulation. All medical malpractice insurance laws exist at the state level only. Federal regulation of health insurance would be a violation of the constitution.
If the Federal government is prohibited from regulating medical insurance, then it is certainly a violation of the Constitution for it to 0ffer health insurance
We must also consider the fact that having health insurance does not equate to having health care. The insurance may not cover the care or procedures that one needs. The policy may have a prohibitive deductible.
If we have a problem with either health care or health insurance, my first rule of thumb is to locate and eliminate the government interference as the first means of correction.
Eliminating all mandates for insurance is the first corrective action that needs to be taken. If insurers were subjected to the pressures of the marketplace, we would soon see honesty and efficiency begin to arise in this business.
Government sponsorship and control of health care, whether of the actual care or of the supporting insurance, are open invitations to corruption and incompetence. And we know it. I have spoken with numerous liberals who are fully aware that nationalized health care will reduce the availability of care and increase the incidence of death and impairment. Why are they willing to spend over a trillion dollars for lower levels of care and higher costs?
What is the benefit? We can remove responsibility for one’s family from the shoulders of the individual. When care is not delivered, it is no longer the “fault” or responsibility of the parents. When their child dies or is permanently disabled, they can command sympathy, because no one can control a federal bureaucracy.
It would appear that we do indeed have a considerable proportion of our populace who would be very happy to pay over $1,000,000,000,000 of other people’s money to escape responsibility for their own children’s well being.
The saddest part of all of this is that health and well being starts at home, not at a doctor’s or insurer’s office. According to Adelle Davis, a full 90% of all automobile accidents are caused by people experiencing low blood sugar, thus reducing alertness and reaction time.
Simply being well-fed and properly rested eliminates 90% of all accidents. Likewise, illness can only take hold when bacteria or virus can break through a cell wall, invade the cell and reproduce using the cell’s contents for nutrition. When the cell walls are strong and vigorous, it is very difficult for the germs to penetrate, and the white blood cells are able to do their job and destroy the pathogens. Ditto for allergens. When particles cannot penetrate the cell walls, no irritation exists, the pollutants are flushed from the system.
Of course, there are toxins and pathogens which are more virulent than others, yet, remaining healthy is not that difficult for most people most of the time. The most dangerous of toxins and pathogens can be readily avoided by living a reasonably healthy life. In the rare instances when injury or illness cannot be averted, there would be plenty of service available, were it not being commanded by those who simply refuse to take care of themselves or do not know how.
Why do they refuse? Because they have insurance that they don’t have to pay for, their employer pays for it. Then they become dependent upon it and believe they need it. Well, it is all a big lie. Between 80% and 90% of the funds being consumed by health insurance and medical care is pure waste, runoff, money down the drain, or in the pockets of a handful of predators. Who are the predators? The insurance companies? Maybe, more likely though, the trial lawyers who sue for exorbitant damages, and the business that purchase the resulting annuities for pennies on the dollar.
The “crisis” in health care is really nothing more than a crisis in personal responsibility. If we reduced accidents by even 70% and illness by a similar percentage, we would find we had far more health care services than we need. And, with a well-educated and responsible citizenry, we would see injuries and illness both decrease dramatically.
The only guarantee that nationalized health care can provide is the guarantee that your health care services will deteriorate, but that it “won’t be your fault”, so that makes it ok.
Has our national character really become so enfeebled?