I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: if you commit a crime, you are guaranteed a lawyer. If you get cancer, you are not guaranteed a doctor. Since when did criminals have more rights than the sick?
There is this big fear of “socialized medicine,” as if the Red Menace looms just over the horizon. And yet we already have socialized police, socialized fire services, even socialized libraries. All of these are paid for by your taxes. And no one suggests that the police are part of a communist plot to take over America. Imagine if there was a fire in your house, and the fire department demanded you show proof of fire insurance coverage before attending to your burning home.
And on the issue of rationing of health care. The argument is that if 40 million more people enter the system, care will have to be “rationed” because the system cannot handle the increased load. I call bullshit. Firstly, the system is ALREADY rationed. Doctors have full-time employees whose job it is to sit on hold with insurance companies to get approval for procedures. The insurance companies purposely make the caller wait up to one hour on the phone per procedure in order to slow down the number of people receiving it. They do this to save money. Get rid of that stupid process, and you increase the efficiency of the system ten-fold. Secondly, which is worse? A system that might be busier, or a system that fails for the 40 million uninsured?
There are no death panels. Lead Republicans are lying through their teeth because they are afraid of losing their campaign contributions from these multi-trillion dollar insurance firms.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. 40 million uninsured = HealthFail.