Health Insurance is Not a “Right”
Just one of the quotable quotes:
As with any good or service that is provided by some specific group of men, if you try to make its possession by all a right, you thereby enslave the providers of the service, wreck the service, and end up depriving the very consumers you are supposed to be helping. To call “medical care” a right will merely enslave the doctors and thus destroy the quality of medical care in this country, as socialized medicine has done around the world, wherever it has been tried, including Canada (I was born in Canada and I know a bit about that system first hand).
This speech is aimed more at the immorality of making UHC a “right” and not the impracticalities (though those are legend) and echo Shapley’s and my thoughts.
When it comes to the impracticalities then I think the divisions between supporters and opponents rest on two questions, one of which I’ve never heard asked.
“Does UHC work?” Yes
“Will it work forever?” No
Most of us will live to see the end of socialized medicine in most European countries; it’s already started in France with the increase in privatized insurance and cutbacks in Germany have been coming for a long time.
And since the demographics clearly show that the number of potential payers into the UHC accounts is declining the only way to continue the service is greater taxes or elimination of services.
All European countries have medical debts measuring in the Billions of Euros that haven’t been paid. Its all well and good to point to how little GDP is spent on UHC when the unpaid medical debts are measured off the books and not included in GDP.
UHC in Europe is a government ponzi scheme and the demographics will force it to go the way of all cons.