Wednesday, November 7, 2012
While the middle-class economy, Social Security, the environment and various other justice issues are of grave concern, the primary issue for me in this election was health care.
I keep saying it because it’s true. If we don’t stop viewing health care as a way for big corporations to make money, and start viewing it as the primary way to keep our society healthy and productive, it will keep draining our economy.
The only way to control health care costs is to take private, for-profit providers out of the equation. Put everyone on Medicare and let the government continue to set prices. “Big insurance,” “big pharma” and many doctors won’t like it, but again, health care should not be about making huge profits.
Obviously, the cost of medical school and liability insurance must also be slashed, but that’s doable.
If most other developed countries (including Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, England, France, Sweden, Canada, etc.) can do this, why can’t we?
These countries all spend less per capita on health care than we do, and they have healthier people. Doctors there don’t get rich, but they make a very good living and are far less stressed.
Health care is one area where government can do it better; at least that’s the case in all these other countries.
I refuse to accept the cynical idea that the United States government is incapable of providing the quality of health care that our allies provide.
Our free market system is the best in the world, but not when it comes to health care!