I can’t believe it’s 2017 and I have to write a blog like this.
The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act, a bill that would roll back a number of features of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement to buy insurance from the federal insurance exchanges or face a penalty. Naturally, the Left reacted in a mature, responsible way…by screaming about people dying due to a lack of health care because of the AHCA. (Well, it’s mature for them, at least.) Writing about the Left’s hysteria isn’t the part I can’t believe. The part I can’t believe I have to explain is the difference between health care and health insurance.
So, buckle in, buckaroos. This is gonna be a long one.
health care/health insurance
What the Left believes they mean – health care, used interchangeably
What it really means – health care and health insurance, respectively
Whenever I have to explain the difference between health care and health insurance to a Leftist, I use a simple analogy. Let’s say you have a cut and you need a bandage. You go to your local store and buy some bandages, while simultaneously trying to explain to the cashier why you’re bleeding all over the 12 items or less lane. The bandage is the health care, and the money used to purchase the bandage is the health insurance. You’re on your own regarding the bleeding in the 12 items or less lane.
This isn’t a hard concept to understand, but the Left is determined to use the terms interchangeably, even when it doesn’t make sense. Then again, if Leftists made sense, it wouldn’t give me such a headache to follow their logic. And by logic, I mean whatever hysterical squawking point they want to push to get what they want, but that’s neither here nor there.
It’s easy to write off the Left’s misuse of the terms as them being dumber than a bag of hammers, although that is quite often the case, but there is a deeper reason. As with much of what the Left does, there is a political upside to their “confusion.” By making the two concepts seem to be the same, it opens the door for government to take over both under the guise of one. And with the government being able to balance its checkbook on a regular basis, I’m sure there will be no trouble whatsoever taking over health care and health insurance.
For you Leftists reading this, that was sarcasm. In truth, government involvement in heath care has been less successful than the David Duke comedy special at the Apollo. Although the Left wants us to believe every other civilized country in the world has universal health care, the fact is we do, too. The difference? We’re typically picking up the tab for those other countries’ military, so they can spend their money on health care.
And yet, America’s health care system is better than theirs. When was the last time you heard of a foreign leader going to Sweden for anything more than chocolate or watches? When people have a choice for where they have their care, they choose America. So, why mess with it?
Another political part of the health care/health insurance debate is whether it is a right. To the Left, it is. After all, it’s right there in the Constitution…oh, wait. It’s not there at all! Why, it’s almost as if the Left is trying to create rights out of thin air! And, in this case, they are. By creating the right to health care, it creates a new need for government to act as a provider, which (surprise, surprise) gives rise to more regulations and, thus, more control over people. That’s really what’s at the core of most Leftist ideas: controlling others. Oh, sure, they claim they do it because they care, but in the end, it’s always about being able to tell people what to do. But don’t you dare tell them what to do! As long as they can be driving the bus, even if it’s heading for a brick wall that’s hiding a thousand-foot ravine behind it, they’re totally cool.
But what they’re doing with health care and health insurance? Not so much.
I am directly opposed to the notion of government run health care/health insurance because it makes it easy for people to just let the government control us. Do we make mistakes? As some of my ex-girlfriends will attest, I certainly do. And so do government officials. You know, the ones Leftists want to make health care/health insurance decisions for us? And unlike us, government doesn’t learn very much from their mistakes, which makes it much less attractive for them to take over a PTA meeting, let alone the health care and insurance decisions we need.
The fact their biggest cheerleaders can’t or won’t tell the difference between care and insurance doesn’t help their case any. Now, I’m not a doctor, but I do play one in my bedroom. However, I do have a radical idea on how to solve the health care and health insurance issues simultaneously.
Pay your own way. That way you get the care you need without having to worry about whether the insurance company is going to deny the claim. Like I said, it’s pretty out there, but I think it just might work.
Or at least, it will work better than Obamacare did.