This isn’t up for debate really. A socialised medical system is pound for pound the most cost effective method of guaranteeing the health of a population.due to a large emphasis on preventative medicine, subsidised costs, economies of scale and the like.
Now people look at the NHS bloat and don’t realise that the bloat is bad but not as bad as the USA’s. The US government spends nearly double what we do for a slightly worse system of healthcare with regards to outcomes.
In addition? The privatised medical sector played a large part in the destruction of the economy. One of the major reason for bankruptcy and foreclosure or indeed taking out a overdrawn sub-prime was healthcare costs.
So along came Obama Care and IMHO it’s not enough. It’s propping up a failing system. You may as well go the whole hog really.
Okay the NHS has problems and it’s problems due to the fact it’s bureaucratic. It needs to become effective and cut the red tape.
But the USA is facing an ideological issue. Basically? Anything democrats do, republicans oppose. And some of the reasons they do so are rather terrible.
See in a socialised medical system you are doing one major thing. You are removing the business cost of healthcare and simultaneously removing the burden of disease economically.
But it needs newbies, like any healthcare system Obama Care is a promissory. You pay now, when you are old the youth will pay for you. It is how even private healthcare works.
So how do you fight the system? You stop young people from signing on with immediate benefits. Because the entire premise of privatised healthcare boils down to “I am not sick right now, why do I need to pay for healthcare” and young people? Well? Young people don’t think too far ahead.
I was young, I thought I was indestructible. Still am young but have been to the hospital a couple of times and realised how much of a safety net universal healthcare is.
And this thing is a farce. Republicans do not care about your healthcare. They pretty much want you to be sick. That’s the problem with a privatised healthcare system. Things are done for profit and at every stage there is a cut and those add up a lot. So you do end up with expensive things that aren’t because they system has to function. And there are always going to be things like ER services which are expensive taking the brunt of privatised healthcare’s have nots and want nots.
Uncle Sam giving proctology exams or gynaecological ones is nonsensical. It’s demonising government healthcare to a group of kids who have no idea what real healthcare is like.
They have no idea of the lengths the British Medical System will go to help one person. Or despite the dreaded waiting list still getting surgery that’s necessary. Or schemes such as the Indian ICDS Food Supplementation schemes. Or even things such as the Finland Baby Box scheme.
Why? Because they think “Socialism boils down to wearing lots of red and referring to everyone as Comrade”. Because they don’t know any better. Want to know something? Some poor student getting his stomach pumped after a night of too much beer may appreciate it if he was protected by free healthcare and didn’t come out in debt. Or for basic women’s healthcare.
But no, the Republican Propoganda machine seems hellbent on telling young kids that healthcare is great if you pay for it with your hard earned money. All that bankruptcy won’t feel as bad as the feeling you stood on your own two feet.
It’s a disgusting tactic from Republicans and Libertarians that make up the Tea Party.
It’s some of the richest people in the USA telling the poorest that they would be better off gambling with their healthcare costs. “Let them eat cake” at it’s finest.