Oh, how hard can it be?
John Stossel has the quote of the day:
A handful of people who probably never even ran a small business actually think they can reinvent the health care system.
Good point, but humility has never been the political class’ strong suit. It should be noted, however, that the fact that government-run healthcare even has a fighting chance now is due to physician and patient dissatisfaction with private health insurance. As private insurace rates go up while coverage and benefits simultaneously go down, the frightening image of soulless government bureaucrats running healthcare is looking a lot less frightening. Does it matter if the rejection notice for that CT scan your doctor ordered has UnitedHealthcare or National Health Service on the letterhead?
The problem with American healthcare is not simply a government-run versus private insurance problem. It’s a third party payor versus first party payor problem. But most Americans feel it is their God-given right to have somebody else pay for their healthcare. There seems to be something in America’s DNA that says when faced with the choice of paying exorbitant taxes and equally exorbitant insurance premiums so that you can get whatever studies, treatments, and medicine the third party payor — not you or your physician — think is necessary when you could pay for such medical care directly and get what you and your physician want and at a lower price, the latter scenario is unconscionable.