This is the first in a series of posts about American medical care and the government’s attempts to meddle in it. Posts about other topics may appear between them.
Poll after poll is showing that the American people are not buying what Obama &
In this environment, I have not felt as compelled to write about Obamacare as I did a few weeks ago. But at the same time, I know the fight is far from over, and I know it is foolish to trust people called “Blue Dog Democrats” or “moderate Republicans” to follow their consciences when it comes time to vote. And I know that many people are still susceptible to magic phrases like “universal health care” and “single-payer system.” So, into the water I wade.
When it comes to critiquing the legislation, the main problem is that there is so much to criticize it takes forever to figure out where to start and what angle to take. Therefore, the most logical thing to do is go back to the beginning and ask: Is involving the federal government in our medical care necessary in the first place, and if so, why? Which is important, because so far no answer has been established to either part of that question.
Sure, we hear that health insurance is expensive, but we never hear actual numbers. We also hear that many Americans don’t have health insurance, but the numbers we hear are usually false. Does anybody honestly believe that government is more capable than the free market when it comes to delivering care in an effective and timely manner? And that it can reduce costs in the process? Even diehard leftists know this is not possible.
Almost always, the folks who want to do away with our medical marketplace and replace it with a “system” believe we should do things the way they are done in
The overall cancer survival rate, which is widely considered the most important measure of medical care quality, is 16% higher here than it is in
When it comes to Europe, a study published by the BBC shows the overall cancer survival rate in the
Along the same lines, 40% of cancer patients in the
The average wait time for an MRI in
Though I have not seen an official statistic on wait times in the
So before we go further, I ask: Why should we abandon our system and follow theirs?
In addition to the BBC and U.K. Department of Health, information used in this post was obtained from www.healthcare-economist.com, the