Friday, December 14, 2007

Why Single Payer Socialized Medicine Is Unhealthy Public Policy

Anyone promoting single payer socialized medicine as part of their presidential bid - or as part of their bid for a Congressional seat should be voted down. The video says it all.

Government run, Government managed, Government administered Socialized medicine for all is a failure.

People die from waiting.
We already provide the means to obtain health care for the poor and needy, especially children. We have Medicaid; we have Husky in CT. There is no need to expand programs that will bankrupt the taxpayer and provide substandard care to all.

If anything, we need more choices in health care, and that includes alternatives to the usual mainstream treatments as well! We need more nurses and doctors - who by the way, are either leaving the state in droves - or unavailable because of the lack of medical profession instructors. Let's fix the system that is broken - not by expanding it, but by addressing the issues that are crippling it.


dana said...

Very always gets me when people complain about their health insurance and think socialized medicine will be any better.

Insurance companies are frustrating to deal with and you feel like a lost number and a liability to be minimized. But they have some competition to worry about, and some laws to follow.

Bring it under one system and you will see all the same problems exacerbated and some new ones as well.

Principled Discovery

Sally said...

Looks like they have removed your video. Was it that politically incorrect?

Sally again said...

Ooops, sorry. I first got a message saying the video was no longer available. But it's back.

christinemm said...

That is a very good story to illustrate a typical example of the problems that people have with accessing medical care in countries where they have socialized medicine.

Thank you for sharing it.

And by the way you can bet that the politicians asking for socialized medicine in the USA would somehow access private medical care for better, faster care for their own selves (and immediate family).

Crimson Wife said...

I'd like to require all those in favor of socialized medicine to spend a couple of years using the military health care system to see how it actually works in practice.

I spent 5 years as an Army wife and learned that one truly gets what one pays for in terms of healthcare. Sure, it was nice not to have any premiums, co-pays, cost-shares, deductibles, etc. but we had absolutely NO choice and the quality of care was low. The doctors were at best inexperienced and at worst totally incompetent. I wouldn't impose it on *ANYONE*, it was that bad!

Jennifer said...

I can top Crimson Wife: I spent the first 23 years of my life as a military dependent. At age 19, I was hospitalized at MacDonald Army Hospital in Ft. Eustis, Virginia, for a kidney stone. The painkillers they gave me there were indeed excellent, but not excellent enough to make me feel good about that cockroach I found crawling on my IV tube.