Interestingly came across this article today & had to share it. For each of the last 14 years or so, we’ve heard that healthcare is the issue of greatest concern to the American electorate. “Healthcare” is a sector of the economy, or a profession, but is not sufficiently specific to be an issue.
First, let’s dispense with the ridiculous notion that anyone in America does not have access to treatment. We can probably agree that calling 911 for an ambulance as taxi to the inner-city emergency room for a cough is not a very efficient method of accessing health services. “Free” preventative care won’t eliminate such nonsense, it occurs now precisely because it is perceived to be free. Access in America is rarely, if ever, denied.
Failure to diagnose the real issue sure would seem to present a problem with finding a solution…unless your job is to be a government hack that “solves” anything/everything. Personally I think the problem most Americans want to be addressed in this area is that of the seemingly excessive cost. If indeed we citizens are offended by the cost of “healthcare”, what could possibly incline anyone to believe government can make it less costly? When has that ever happened?
I would submit that there is no specific issue to which government intervention, control, mandate, etc. can be seriously argued to bring about improvement. That’s precisely why we don’t hear the specifics, instead we get broad labels of “unfair” or “broken”. Fairness is something that is much more often & effectively achieved by markets than mandates. This is inarguable, the only thing a central power can do fairly is oppress & destroy. Sounds harsh, but what does imposing the lowest common denominator accomplish? Government “levels the field” by bulldozing whatever has risen above the mean. Climbing out of the abyss of average is best done with government out of the way, and it’s never achieved “fairly” because the only fairness is in opportunity, not outcome.
So what are we to make of the “broken” label? This is the point on which I defer to the afforementioned article “Health Care Broken? Who Broke It?”
More generally, we all need to ask why politicians assert that American health care is broken, and what agenda does it serve. We should ask, if health care is broken, who broke it, and how did they break it?