Monday, November 18, 2013

It's About Health Care Not About Health Care Insurance

What you really want is quality health care at an affordable price?  In some ways this goal is not possible.  There are some health care procedures that are not "affordable" for everyone.  Other developed countries don't offer these procedures to everyone precisely because they are too expensive.

That's why surgery, for example, is rationed in the United Kingdom and in Europe.  This rationing is accomplished by the simple expedient of long waiting lines.  You die before your number comes up.  Thus, you are not in the statistics that are cited, exclaiming the great advantages of socialized medicine.

Other data is simply based on fabrication.  Take the data on infant mortality.  The US ranks poorly in overall infant mortality, even though at every single "age-of-the-mother," the US ranks number one (lowest, in other words) in infant mortality.  How does this work?  It is because the US has more births to teenagers as a percentage of overall births than any other developed country.  Health care won't change that.  Only changing social behavior will improve infant mortality in the US.

So, what's the deal with insurance?  Why do the supporters think changing the insurance market can improve health care?  Notice that doctors are leaving medicare and medicaid and being dropped from Obamacare insurance plans.  So, now we are going to have better health care with fewer doctors?  Almost half of the hospitals in the state of New Hampshire don't qualify for Obamacare insurance plans.  And other states face similar problems.  So, now we are going to have better health care with fewer hospitals?

Meanwhile for most Americans, health insurance premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing.  Dramatically higher costs with fewer services.  That is the future for American health care and the facts are pouring forth daily.

But, I guess Obama and his allies will be happy because some people can buy insurance who couldn't buy it before.  As for the nearly 200 million Americans who already had health insurance and, by and large, were happy with it, they face a future with much poorer health care availability and dramatically higher costs.

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