Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?
All human beings should have medical care available. The problem is you can’t afford it. Not without insurance, which is also unaffordable. Some people with insurance and a 30 hour workweek now work only 28 hours, because their employer can’t afford the insurance (or he’s a greedy bastard like Papa John). The only way to fix the problem, as I see it, people just need more money. (Personally I don’t need money, but my mortgage company does.)
So how do we solve this dilemma? Well, some places institute country-wide health care. In the US we already have medicaid, but you pretty much have to be homeless to qualify. Here in California, we have County Hospitals, the only not-for-profit hospitals, with the poorest paid employees of questionable expertise. I have had direct contact with these facilities and they are just one step above a back alley abortionist. They reside in County buildings, so they are rundown, using decades old equipment and out of date techniques. The staff is overworked, underpaid, and have lost their compassion. Now we’re getting Obama-Care. So far I haven’t seen anything change. My son still doesn’t qualify, and he has no job and no insurance. So who does qualify? I’m still waiting to find out.
I don’t want a government-run medical system, because, based on current conditions, the government doesn’t know how to. There is nothing wrong with “mainstream” medical care, those who have insurance get better care. As always. Of course, privatized medicine, like we have now, is greed driven, influenced by drug companies and subsidized by insurance companies.
My answer to the question of health care is get rid of insurance companies. No one needed insurance 50 years ago, why do we need it now? Insurance companies are the ones running the show, setting the prices, and making money off the backs of the working class. We should also regulate drug companies. I take a prescription that without insurance would cost me $3500 a month. That’s 30 doses. With insurance, my co-pay is $100. What’s wrong with that picture? How can the drug company afford to make such a discount? Who pays the rest? Insurance premiums, which keep going up to compensate for the high cost of drugs. Who sets the price?
Any time you want to change a situation, find out who’s making money in the current situation. That’s where we need to look. Then the question is, how do we eliminate the profit margin? Sorry, that’s too big a mess for my muddled head. It’s as it has been throughout history, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.