I have been told by many people I’ve talked to, mostly those opposed to health care reform, that providing universal health care in this country will cost too much. Yet on the other hand, they go on to state we already have universal health care in the US, because anyone can go to a hospital emergency room and get care.
So if it is true we already have universal health care, why is there so much discussion about how much the proposals, before congress, will cost? Who’s paying for it now? And why will it cost more if we enact some legislation?
Then there is the statement “the US has the finest health care in the world”. Oh yeah? But when I ask anyone what criteria they’ve based that statement on, they are at a loss for words. With the exception of cost, they can’t produce any statistics, e.g. quality and number of trained doctors and other health care professionals, the number of hospital beds per capita, lower infection and death rates in hospitals, or even life expectancy (which in most cases indicate quite the contrary), showing how the US leads the world. They can’t even point to statistics on waiting times compared to other countries. They just accept it on faith without any statistics to back that statement up.
Then there is the constant rhetoric about a government take over of health care, and how they don’t want a government bureaucrat coming between doctor patient decisions. Yet they have no problem with a for-profit health insurance bureaucrat, whose compensation and even job security depends on them coming between doctor patient decisions, and denying doctor recommended courses of action when it suits them.
So why is it those in favor of health care reform aren’t as zealous pointing out the truth about the US health care system, as those opposed to health care reform are in spreading lies, and distorting the truth about the US health care system?