You may not know it yet, but we have a medical emergency in America. That’s right, people all across the fruited plain (where they don’t grow many fruits) are spending their way into bankruptcy because health care costs are too high! The elderly are having to choose between food and medicine! If only there were a solution that would make health care affordable…
Well, the Left says it has just a solution, a little something the kids like to call Medicare For All. In theory, it would cut costs, cover everyone, and be more effective and efficient than private practices. Given the Left’s fondness for big government solutions to problems they usually invent to justify their big government solutions, I’m skeptical. But, let’s give Medicare For All a fair shake.
And by “fair shake,” I mean “the mockery it so richly deserves.”
Medicare For All
What the Left thinks it means – single payer universal health care that will help people who cannot help themselves
What it really means – making health care like the DMV
The idea behind Medicare For All seems to make sense on the surface. If it works as intended, it would save people money, ensure coverage for the widest swath of the population, and be at least somewhat competitive with private health care insurance and care. Yeah, that’s a pretty big “if.” In modern history, anytime government has gotten involved in what is seen to be a public need, it usually winds up being worse off for the people it (allegedly) tries to help.
The most obvious example of this is Obamacare, which was intended to be a half-measure towards Medicare For All. Although many received better options, many others had their policies cancelled or require more money to use. And the funny thing? Actual care didn’t change, only the cost of it did.
This goes back to a common trick the Left uses when discussing health matters: conflating health care with health insurance. Although many use these terms interchangeably, they are quite different. If you cut yourself and use a bandage to stop the bleeding, that’s health care and, unless you’re the type to file a medical claim for a cut, insurance doesn’t get involved. The converse is also true. You can have health insurance without ever needing care. The insurance is there in case you do need care. Nothing like a little semantic trickery to muddy the rhetorical waters, huh?
Medicare For All uses a similar tack. This time, though, instead of paying for some of the people who can’t afford health insurance, you’ll be paying for all of the people who can’t afford health insurance. And in exchange, you get…well, that’s the sticky part. Unless you go on Medicare For All, you get nothing in return. Not a tax deduction for taking on a few million new dependents. Not an offer to chip in for household bills. Not even a thank you card. You’ll just be expected to pay for it.
But at least those greedy insurance companies won’t be able to deny claims, right? Welllll…yes and no. Medicare For All will take the insurance companies out of the equation, but there is a dirty little secret the Left doesn’t want you to know. Do you know who denies the most medical claims in the country? Which member of Big Insurance causes the most grief in this area? The big bad monster that rejects the most insurance claims is…the federal government.
Medicare, to be precise. You know, the same Medicare the Left wants everyone on?
And it gets better. Of those denials, up to 75% are overturned on appeal. So, not only does Medicare deny more claims, but they waste time and money in the process by inaccurately denying claims and then having to deal with appeals. Private insurance companies can’t get away with that because they would lose customers, but with Medicare For All, there will always be a market, no matter how many times they screw up.
As far as better care is concerned, that’s hit or miss. Look at the VA system for an example of government-run health care. Some VA facilities are great, and others leave a lot to be desired (like health care). It’s this inconsistency that should bother people. This isn’t Wheel of Diagnoses here, folks. If you need health care, you want to at least feel like your care provider has something on the ball. In private practice, if you can’t consistently do your job right, you’ll go out of business. Medicare might be one of the last things that exist after a nuclear holocaust, along with roaches, Twinkies, and what’s left of Cher’s plastic surgery.
So, are you convinced Medicare For All is a bad idea yet? If so, great. If you’re still not convinced, let me make one final appeal to your reason. For as good as you think single payer government run health care/health insurance is, the two biggest flaws it has are 1) its existence requires people to continue to pay into it, even if it’s against their will and/or knowledge, and 2) the results aren’t worth the cost.
On the first point, you are literally taking money from people through force and deceit. (Notice I am literally using literally correctly.) If you or I would do that (the force and deceit part, not the use of literally), we would rightly be charged with theft. Even if the federal government is doing it, it’s still morally wrong to force or fool people to part with their money, especially when the outcome isn’t as cut and dried as you think it is.
On the second point, as much as you think Medicare For All will drive down costs, it won’t. Without competition, there will be no need for Medicare to do things better and faster. You will get what they give you, and you will have to like it. Reminds me of the health center during my undergraduate years. Their solution was to take a green pill and, if that didn’t work, take another one. Then, there is the possibility the government will cut off your care altogether if they don’t think it will be worth it. During the Obamacare debates, there was talk of “death panels” which the Left denied were in there. Yet, even in the health care models the Left loves to use, there is managed care, which is basically death panels. If a bunch of medically untrained bureaucrats determine your life isn’t worth saving, you’re left to die.
Wait…doesn’t that run counter to your beliefs about abortion being between a mother and her doctor?
In either case, Medicare For All isn’t a good fix for what ails our country’s health care system. It’s not even a bad fix, really. Try a monumentally broken fix. If you want to lower costs, help people get health insurance, and prevent all the bad stuff the Left says is happening now, there is one way for the federal government to do it.
Get the Hell out of the way!