Megan McCardle writes of a national healthcare system:
It will be something jury rigged out of Medicare, S-Chip and insurance mandates, ugly and very expensive.
How is what we currently have not jury rigged out of the same pieces she mentions with private insurance thrown in for good measure? People with no insurance tend to wait to go to a doctor until things get so bad they have to use the emergency room at the hospital. Most likely they can’t afford that either so we all end up paying for it anyhow. People who do have insurance through work still pay for it. People who don’t have insurance through work but can “afford” it are paying incredible amounts of money to have coverage.
I’m just not getting how having some base level of coverage for everyone, which allows people to get regular, preventative healthcare, is going to be more expensive. Certainly we are not going to have the French healthcare system on the other hand we do not have a good system now. The last time the World Healthcare Organization ranked healthcare systems of the world the US placed 37th, one notch ahead of Slovenia, and that was in 2000. I don’t believe we’ve gotten any better. How is it that the most prosperous country in the world ranks 37th? It’s disgusting.