The wicked witch of Healthcare, Kathleen Sebelius, blamed the problems the healthcare website was undergoing on the fact that the United States didn’t adopt single payer as the healthcare option in the United States. Beyond that she also said a lot of weird, incomprehensible things to cover her tracks; things like, “As you know we’re facing the end of Western civilization by having a market based strategy. We are bringing Western civilization to its knees by selling private insurance plans on a website where people can pick and chose…” What the…? That doesn’t make any sense. Western civilization is coming to its knees over insurance premiums…pretty sure runaway social programs are what is bankrupting this country. But the fact is that we are now talking about single payer as an option for the American people. That is scary.
The reason it is so scary is that a lot of people don’t even know what single payer is…and here is the thing, single payer can be easily translated to government-run. If they stopped calling it single payer and started calling it government-run then I think most of America would be against it. I mean, can you think of a single piece of the government that used to be private and once government started running it got streamlined, easy, profitable, etc. No, not one thing, and we are talking about an entity that takes up one-sixth of the economy. It is huge. If you think Obamacare is bad, wait until they start shoving single payer down your throat. Government would own the hospitals, the ambulances, they would pay the doctors, nurses, etc. All of that system would work for the government, and as we all know things that work for the government either don’t work at all or actively harm the citizen in this day and age.
Everyone in a single-payer system has health insurance but not necessarily health care. While the government in a single-payer system will pay for everyone’s health care, it limits the access to health care. In a single-payer system, citizens often believe that “the government” is paying for their health care, despite the fact that it is being paid for through their own taxes. But then again, when a full 47% of the people pay 0% of the taxes I guess they could see it as a free gift from the government. When these people perceive that someone else is paying for something, they tend to over-use it, remember that EBT card problem last month? In a single-payer health care system, people over-use health care. This puts strain on government health care budgets, and to contain costs governments must ration care. Governments in a single-payer system ration care using waiting lists for surgery and diagnostic procedures and by canceling surgeries. As the Canadian Supreme Court said upon ruling unconstitutional a Quebec law that banned private health care, “access to a waiting list is not access to health care.”
Single-payer advocates often claim that the U.S. private sector health care system is wasteful, spending far more on administrative costs than do government-run single-payer systems. According to single-payer advocates David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, “Streamlining administrative overhead to Canadian levels would save approximately $286.0 billion in 2003, $6,940 for each of the 41.2 million Americans who were uninsured as of 2001.” Yet comparisons of private sector administrative costs with those of government are misleading. Many government administrative expenses are excluded in such comparisons, such as what it costs employers and government to collect the taxes needed to fund the single-payer system, and the salaries of politicians and their staff members who set government health-care policy while the salary costs of executives and boards of directors who set company policy are included in private sector administrative costs. But even if the U.S. would save money on administrative costs by switching to a single-payer system, the savings would prove temporary. The main cause of rising health care costs is not administrative costs, but over-use of health care. A single-payer system would not solve that problem. Indeed, it would make it worse.
These are just a two or three of the problems with a government-run, unequally distributed, single payer health system. But now you at least know what it is. When your loudmouth libtard friends trot their spiel out about the wonderfulness and rainbows of single payer tell them to shut it and read this, not that the truth would sink
in any way, but at least they might be quiet for a minute or two.
- Public hearing on single-payer bill draws little attention (wdde.org)
- Flashback: Sebelius Called For A ‘Single Payer System Eventually’ (patdollard.com)
- Obamacare First Step to Single-Payer System – Reid (wallstreetpit.com)
- Obamacare’s goal is to usher in era of single-payer care (rep-am.com)
- ‘Obamacare Is Communism’ (americanthinker.com)