Could it be dumber?

Nancy Pelosi says “In America, health care should be a right for all, not a privilege for the wealthy few. ”

The woman who referred to herself as “a master legislator” displays an enormous lack of understanding of “rights.” Most of the right in the US are negative rights- against the government. These rights protect us from unreasonable search and seizure, self-incrimination, and the like. One of the rare rights not involving the government is the abolition and prohibition of slavery.

13th Amendment:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

There are a few affirmative rights- national security, police protection, public education. In each of these cases the government provides the service through collecting taxes and subsequently hiring the individuals to provide the service. Does anyone really want healthcare run like the army? The police? The public schools? The only way that healthcare can be a right is if we, consumers- also known as patients- allow the government to take over care.

It might be a good idea. But then again it might be as effective as the TSA. If you think your healthcare is bad now- wait until Pelosi makes it a right.

“People Will Die”

This is a common cry from politicians, the press, and consumers- especially in relation to the Affordable Care Act. The simple fact is that all of the “expected deaths” associated with losing “Obamacare” are going to happen anyway. Sorry but there’s nothing magic about having health insurance that endows an individual with immortality. Each and every one of those patients will die.

The better question, and the on no one wishes to address, is how much will an average person’s life be shortened by the loss of health insurance. It is absolutely true that health insurance is not the same as healthcare. Having an insurance you cannot afford to use is the same as not having insurance. Further, having an insurance that no provider will accept is essentially the same as having no insurance at all. In many ways an insurance policy no one accepts is worse than no insurance at all. If saddled with such a policy an individual has paid premiums but no may be subjected to uncontrolled out of pocket expenses to see a “non-participating” provider.

It’s time to move away from the rhetoric and start addressing the real issues of healthcare not the pseudo-issue of insurance. Insurance is merely doctor-speak for “pay me.”

This is a common cry from politicians, the press, and consumers- especially in relation to the Affordable Care Act. The simple fact is that all of the “expected deaths” associated with losing “Obamacare” are going to happen anyway. Sorry but there’s nothing magic about having health insurance that endows an individual with immortality. Each and every one of those patients will die.

The better question, and the on no one wishes to address, is how much will an average person’s life be shortened by the loss of health insurance. It is absolutely true that health insurance is not the same as healthcare. Having an insurance you cannot afford to use is the same as not having insurance. Further, having an insurance that no provider will accept is essentially the same as having no insurance at all. In many ways an insurance policy no one accepts is worse than no insurance at all. If saddled with such a policy an individual has paid premiums but no may be subjected to uncontrolled out of pocket expenses to see a “non-participating” provider.

It’s time to move away from the rhetoric and start addressing the real issues of healthcare not the pseudo-issue of insurance. Insurance is merely doctor-speak for “pay me.”

 

 

 

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American healthcare is complicated. Doctors are protected by state-sponsored monopolies and very high barriers to entry. This blog shall explore the intricacies of healthcare and help expose the dark side of healthcare for the average consumer.