If I ever had the chance to discuss only 2 points with the President about Universal Health care, I could sink this broken idea right then and there.
My first point would be:
Mr. President: Have you ever (especially recently) lived as an adult in a foreign country under socialized health care?
I have. I recently spent two and half years in Canada for a work transfer. The experience for me and my family was hands-down much worse than the quality of health care we received in the US. The issues? Lack of medical specialists, lack of enough qualified doctors and nurses, lack of choice, and lack of access due to increasingly long waiting lists for various procedures.
The other observed realities?
-A perceptible worsening of the above rationing/waiting lines in just the short time I was there due to spiraling cost over runs.
-An influx of foreign doctors from non-first world countries to fill job gaps with language and cultural issues besides questionable medical training credentials.
-No coverage what so ever for adults with teeth- i.e. no dental coverage! Why the heck not?! Are teeth not part of the human body or health?
-And finally, if a politician or wealthy person really needed health care right now or cutting edge services, they flew to the US and paid out of pocket. That says it all.
The second point is even better:
Mr. President: You have stated that you do not want the US Government owning or operating all or even part of the ailing automobile industry or banking industry. If you are willing to acknowledge here that the Government would not know how or be efficient at running auto or banking companies, how is it that they would possibly be effective in running the entire health care industry?
I mean, how is it you wouldn’t see the issue here? While you socialize the healthcare market from the payment-side, the providers (doctors, nurses) and manufacturers (MRI & X-Ray machine makers, Pharma companies, etc.) will still be private parties or entities that have to pay for their own education/training or risk private capital to bring a medical good or service to market.
Will the government be completely baffled when, as they arbitrarily and politically set artificial prices for medical treatments and goods, that private parties and companies will quit the medical market/industry and take their private talents and money else where? Is the government too stupid to understand that the number and quality of health care workers will diminish sharply and health care companies will reduce or stop trying to develop goods and services because they will have no control over, or the ability, to make a profit?
Note to government: Talented Americans will not incur 11+ years of medical training debt and entrepreneurs will not risk billions on new drugs or medical machines out of a sense of guilt or ‘social justice’ or whatever other flawed methods politicians use to see the world.
Socialized health care, like socialized-anything will always fail. Period.