October 13, 2009
Should the government provide free healthcare to all of Americans? This has been an issue that has brought on a political boxing match. When Senator Max Baucus (D. Montana) issued his proposal, the White Paper, on November 12, 2008, he issued a life’s worth of work. What was meant to be a step into a brighter future for the financial weight of Americans is really a cover for a financial nightmare.
There is not a single government agency or division that runs efficiently; do we really want an organization that developed the U.S. Tax Code handling something as complex as health care? The proposal states that there will be free health care. For Baucus to even state that the health care would be free is appalling. How can it be free since we would be paying it with higher taxes or cuts in defense, education, and other numerous areas? Source of funding comes from middle class Americans, this leaves about 25 million Americans (1/3 are illegal immigrants) without insurance, instead of providing universal access. Prices of medicines and services rendered could sky rocket. Malpractice lawsuit cost could further explode, since universal care may expose the government to legal liability, which would throw our government even farther into debt that our generation will end up having to find a solution to.
Government mandated procedures will likely reduce doctor flexibility and lead to poor patient care. They are also more likely to pass additional restrictions or increase taxes on smoking, fast food, etc. leading to a further loss of personal freedom with an increase in debt. Like social security, any government benefit is taken as a “right” by the public. Meaning it is politically near impossible to remove it or curve it later when costs get out of control. Profit motives, competition, and individual ingenuity...