Everybody’s squawking about the “healthcare crisis” and there are as many opinions about how to fix it as there are potholes in Burlington. Let’s look at one solution championed by Congressman Bernie Sanders, who is running for U.S. Senate this November – a “Canadian-style” plan.
“A long-time supporter of a Canadian-style single payer health care plan, in 1990 he introduced legislation to establish such a plan for the U.S. on a state-by-state basis. Sanders also cosponsored HR 1200, The American Health Security Act. Under this plan, private health insurers would be replaced by a single agency that would negotiate and pay claims submitted by private doctors and hospitals. The system would be financed by progressive taxation.”
Hmmm…it all seems so simple, everyone in Canada has healthcare, why don’t we follow their model?
Here are five reasons why I do not support a Canadian-style plan.
Reason 1: There are almost as many Canadians without a doctor as there are Americans without health insurance.
According to The National Coalition on Healthcare, 15.7% of Americans have no health insurance.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, 14% of Canadians are without a family physician.
The difference is, in the good ol’ U.S. of A., you can get a doctor!
Reason two: I do not want to go to a doctor who only makes as much as a mechanic, drywall worker, or a carpet installer.
“After spending a decade in university, going $100,000 in debt and taking on life-or-death responsibility, doctors are wondering why they make the same salary as auto plant workers. Dave Rogers reports.” (Full story)
Six simple words, folks: you get what you pay for.
Reasons three, four, and five: waiting lists, waiting lists, waiting lists.
I don’t care how much it costs; I will never support a system where we have to wait for critical care, or any care for that matter. It is completely un-American. We are the land of opportunity, for Pete’s sake.
It makes no sense to trade in the problem of convincing (or in some cases helping) people to get health insurance for the guarantee of universal non-access to poor-quality care, after a long wait. It just makes no sense whatsoever and no matter what else you might like about the guy, a vote for Bernie is a vote for this disaster waiting to happen.
But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the issues page of his campaign website, where “healthcare” is notably absent. Why wouldn’t a candidate running for U.S. Senate want to talk about his position on arguably the biggest issue facing this country at this time? Could it be because he doesn’t want a discussion like this about what a bad idea his solution is?