i find it interesting that the article states the va system is a great example of effective healthcare in the united states, and that servicemembers "love it." as an army soldier (68wm6) i find the va system to be derelict at best.
sure servicemembers prefer it over "nothing" but who doesn't prefer a dollar over a dime? the next argument that will fly is that it woefully underbudgeted... and you know what it is... but at the same time you can not throw money at problems and expect them to go away. whenever the government gets involved in, well anything, you can expect 95 cents of every dollar to go to the bureacracy instead of the service.
it would be the same thing with "socialized" "universal" or "single payer" healthcare.
the problem with any system that the government would create (such as conyers' medicare for all fiasco) is the the government would then have to pay for it. early in our country's history if there was a program to be implemented there would either be cuts in other programs or new taxes to pay for the new progam. currently; the only way to fund a program is new taxes. our congress critters and our president do not have the intestinal fortitude needed to cut other programs no matter what a waste they are.
the preamble to the constitution states "we the people of the united states, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the united states of america."
if there is any indicator as to what tax dollars should be spent on... it is right there. it says "provide for common defense" and "promote" general welfare. if the founding fathers wanted the us to be all inclusive they would have stated "provide for the general welfare..."
i'll be honest; i believe that insurance companies are out to make a buck; and in the process may short change the public in the care they provide. however; the solution to that problem is not to create what will surely be insurmountable and ineffective government monstrosity; rather it is to educate the public about preventive health care and the difficult medical care choices they will have to make.
both the article that is linked directly from this thread; and the opinion piece that is linked in that article keep doggedly screaming about the semantics of "socialized" medicine. technically; of course, they are correct. but most americans; when they think of socialized medicine, think in terms of tax payer funded healthcare. should we subsidize healthcare for the poor, the lame, the handicapped? what about the lazy, the drunks, the criminals, the druggies or illegal aliens?
the fact is; that all those groups currently recieve government aid in healthcare. is it neccessarily effective? i doubt it? is it fair? no, its not... but i remember my mom telling me that life is in fact not fair; only to have that idea reinforced by her passing away at only 31 years old and i was only 11.
no, life isn't fair. thats a fact. what all the different euphanisms that are being bandied about in the healthcare debate have in common is the principal of "equality of results" and that my friends requires redistribution of wealth and can only go by the name(s) of socialism/marxism/communism.
the article also states that police, fire and other emergency services aren't "branded" as socialism "even though thats what they are." this argument is also defeated by the preamble of the constitution... they, in fact, "ensure domestic tranquility."
the linked article also states that there is a decline in the "workhorse" of us healthcare, the public hospital. they are closing at alarming rates all over the country. there are a number of factors that are contributing to this situation. illegal aliens that skip the bill; the skyrocketing costs that are associated with medical malpractice (both real and imagined-doctors and nurses), and the fact that the government will not reimburse for many of the diagnostic and elective procedures that patients want to have done; which leaves the hospital holding the bag, a rapidly growing population as well as a rapidly aging one.
i'll be honest again and state that i do not have any better proposal to "fix" the healthcare delivery system in the united states; but i do know that i do not want more government involved and mucking it up even further.