To The Daily Sun,
I write in response to Suzanne Allison’s letter on health care (Aug 23):
Your letter on health care comes from a far-left, socialist point of view no matter what you write of being concerned for all political views. First of all health care in the U.S. has not been “market-based” since the 1950s to early 60s. The 60s is when the federal government started getting its greedy, uncontrollable hands on health care and things started going south. Not that the “market-based” health care was perfect ... far from it, but it was very affordable for most people and created the worlds most advanced health and medical infrastructure that is being torn apart today. The problem arises when you clump everyone together and dictate that you now have to provide equally for all in the same system.
The original systems for covering those who couldn’t afford it, such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Kerr-Mills legislation would have worked to cover lower income elderly and indigent elderly respectively. One of the complaints of the programs is that the level of care was not comparable to someone who could afford to pay for care on their own. In these systems the medical decisions are heavily influenced by the ones who hold the purse ... government finance departments. The system started breaking down, as soon as it was enacted, from multiple angles ... politicians diverting money from the program to other (much needed?) projects, constant legislation for the care to cover more and more procedures beyond the basics and large scale financial mismanagement and waste. I would add the increases cost of care and equipment, however these cost increased were a direct result of massive federal and state government regulations. And of course don’t forget our courts with massively large litigation settlements driving malpractice insurance sky high (who do think pays for that?).
Your use of our current health care system as an example to go to single-payer, calling it a market-based system, couldn’t be further from the truth. The current system is as close to being socialized without being single payer as you can get ...a nd it is a complete failure as even you have stated. Going single payer will not solve the massive flaws of a social program.
This is the first of a two part letter. In part two I will make predictions of the outcome of a single payer socialist health care system based on other similar systems both in the U.S. and elsewhere.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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