In the center, we base policy on information. Reality has a way of winning over ideology. Even if you don’t believe that all Americans deserve decent health care, you can reason that healthy people make the best workers. So – whether to your heart or your brain – health care is an important issue.
How do the best economies in the world deal with health care?
16 countries rank higher than the United States on the Heritage Foundation’s index of economic freedom at heritage.org.
- All have universal healthcare with government guided or operated systems.
- Hong Kong, number one in economic freedom, has a British-style government-run system.
- Switzerland, number four, has a private insurance system just like America, but to make it work, includes a mandate like Obamacare.
In the US wait-times to see a specialist are quite good – that is, less than a month for almost everyone, but Great Britain and Switzerland do a little better. Commonwealthfund.org
Why is this so? Why do top countries choose government style health care?
It’s because of a huge mismatch of power and information between the buyer and the seller. If a company tells me its cereal stays crunchy in milk and they’re wrong, I’m out $5 and never buy the cereal again.
If a doctor says to take a certain medication or undergo a test or procedure, I don’t know from personal experience what to do. Getting a second opinion costs time and money. The internet has information, but a lot of it is incomplete, just plain bad, and not based on my individual situation.
If a doctor is wrong, I could be injured or dead.
Government oversight – done well – puts dozens of experts with the latest research and time to think on my side.
In health care it’s hard for me to compare costs. Government oversight – done well – means doctors make a fair profit and I’m charged a fair price wherever I live in the nation.
Insurance means I pay for my health care little by little over the years, so it’s there when I’m sick or injured.
This will blow your mind. President Donald Trump said:
I’m a conservative on most issues, but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses. We must have universal healthcare. We need, as a nation, to re-examine the single-payer plan as many individual states are doing.” The America We Deserve
Please, President Trump, return to your instincts on health care.
The ACA – called Obamacare – is a good beginning but needs improvement. I hope Republicans won’t crucify Americans on the word “repeal.” I hope Democrats will work with them to improve the law.
But hope isn’t much of a plan. Contact your representatives.
President Trump: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Find your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/