why can’t the US fix health care?

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about health care policy lately, and stumbled across this site. If you’re a US resident (I don’t think you have to be a citizen to participate in this) who’s concerned about health care, get yourself over there and give Congress some feedback about how to fix our incredibly broken system. Since US health care costs are projected to rise to over $4 trillion by 2015, it’s pretty clear that we have to do something different really soon.

The questions that this Working Group are asking seem pretty biased toward continuing a system of private insurance, as opposed to some kind of national health system, like many other countries have. That seems foolish to me–if we need to perform major fixes, why can’t we question the basic assumption that we should have private health insurance, as opposed to doing a National Health Service-type system?

In a country as prosperous as this one is, it’s pretty appalling that we’ve still got nearly 45 million uninsured people, and that those people don’t have routine access to medical care. Sometimes I wonder what the tipping point will be, from a public health perspective. I mean, surely even a person who has health insurance and doesn’t believe in ‘socialized’ medicine must see that they themself are more at risk of getting sick if, what, 50%? 60%? 70%? of the population is never going to the doctor, never getting routine childhood immunizations. What percentage of the population has to be uninsured, before we do something?


February 22, 2006. politically motivated. 8 comments.