This (honest) question has been on my mind lately:
To those who support “Obamacare”, how do you see it looking two, five, ten years from now?
Here are the possible scenarios:
- America operates as it does now… but everyone has health care of equal quality to today.
- America operates as it does now… but everyone has health care that is (much) worse than we have today.
- America’s already-fragile economy collapses; we join Argentina, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, etc as bankrupt nations… and everyone here has health care that resembles the economy in quality.
No one really believes in the first scenario, just as no one really believes Harry Potter is real. Health care is the number one largest expense in America. For the government to take on that expense would immediately, completely—and likely irreparably—ruin us.
Beyond the practical, financial impossibility of socialized health care in America, socialism does not fit America. It fits China, for example. Americans, looking in, may shake our heads about the quality of life for the average citizen in China, but it fits their beliefs.
The importance of the system fitting the beliefs cannot be overstated.
America was founded and was built and has overcome its challenges because of self-reliance. America is the beacon of success because of individual liberty. Not because we have the most land, or most natural resources, or most history upon which to build, or most government regulation. We don’t have any of those things. Our distinguishing feature is liberty alone. Our brand of democracy and capitalism, as flawed as they may be, fit our beliefs and are the only reason for our successes, and for the successes of those who fled their native countries to get here.
Now for some solutions.
This statement has never been disproven:
“No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, noreform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.” – George Orwell
That reality makes some people uncomfortable; inexplicably, they often helplessly cry for Big Brother to take more control. But that reality inspires other people to generous work. Which is just what is needed and just how Americans have always responded to needs.
The quality and access of America’s health care are not the problem. Those things are the envy of the rest of the world. The problem is the inflated costs of America’s health care. Socialism (Obamacare) is not the answer to that problem. Reformed (perhaps radically), regulated capitalism is the answer.
UPDATE: I have heard excellent responses to this topic. Those who support Obamacare have said:
- Doing something is better than doing nothing.
- Making sure everyone has access to insurance and dictating some of what insurance companies can and cannot do is good.
I agree with both points.