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National Healthcare: Because It Can’t Get Any Worse

July 20th, 2009

If the industry supports national health care, “for the good of the consumers”, first follow the money, because politicians are great at colluding with big business in order to steal from the rest of us.

There was a fluff piece in InsuranceNewsNet this week, written by an insurance company executive (but no by-line) that attempts to alleviate people’s fear of government health care, and casting arguments like those I’ve put forth in the past as “scare tactics”.

[People] still fall prey to the scare tactic that nothing — but nothing — could be worse than a government takeover of the system. How things could be worse than they are now, I cannot imagine.

The industry is in love with the idea of nationalized health care, and Cohen is a shill.

Take a look at the real-world examples of national healthcare, and point to one which is not an epic fail. Look at the data for the cancer survival rates in Britain and Canada as compared to the cancer survival rates in the U.S. Or the months of waiting for routine medical procedures! Sure, some of these procedures might be “more expensive” on paper in the U.S. than they are elsewhere, but if you’ve only got 6 months to live, and the (free) life-saving procedure has an 18-month waiting list, it might as well cost a trillion dollars, because in either case, you’re not going to get it.

Most—if not all—of the problems with the current “system” (and I use the term loosely) in the U.S. stem directly from government interference. The health-care family of industries, including primary care provision, pharmaceuticals, insurance, etc., is more heavily regulated than any other industry in the world, with the possible exception of Finance, which has ironically been imploding for the better part of 18 months.

The writer describes a recent (and from the sounds of it, awful) experience with a local emergency room, and concludes that “The emergency room is the great leveler of American life. Everyone gets miserable treatment.”

Recall the last time you went to the emergency room and ask yourself if the government could possibly do a worse job. If the answer is yes, then you might need medical attention more than you realize.

Recall the last time you went to the DMV to renew your license plate or get a new photo ID or the last time you went in to the Post Office to mail a package. There are a dozen windows, each ostensibly belonging to one clerk but mysteriously, there are only three clerks working.

There are four people in front of you and it takes 40 minutes to complete your 30-second transaction. The only other place this happens to you is at a bank — except there you have the option to use an ATM. Now ask yourself if any business could do a worse job at providing these very basic services, than the government does?

I’m sure I could find dozens stories similar to Cohen’s (I’ve linked to several in the past) from the UK, from Canada, or this pathetic story from Japan about a bicyclist-hit-by-car who was rejected from 14 hospitals before he died, or from anywhere else national health care has been attempted.

Cohen just shrugs and says, “it can’t get any worse.”

I beg to differ. This is the same government that spends billions of dollars a year on roads that are constantly under construction or repair. The same government that, in an effort to forestall a financial shitstorm, took all of your money and gave it (no-strings-attached) to Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. The same government that used to spend $436 on uni-directional impact generators hammers.

The same government that, as primary provider and funder of education in this country, has presided over skyrocketing college and university tuition, increasing per-pupil costs at public schools, and steadily declining standardized test scores. America is spending more on education than she ever has at any time in the past, and kids are coming out of that factory dumber, and dumber each day.

And Cohen thinks that we’d be better off by putting these criminals in charge of our health? He is either a liar, a buffoon, or a thief.  (Guess where my money is?)



  • ZJS says on: July 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm


    "And Cohen thinks that we’d be better off by putting these criminals in charge of our health? He is either a liar, a buffoon, or a thief. (Guess where my money is?)"

    All three?

  • The Logistician says on: July 21, 2009 at 4:01 pm


    We have a tendency in America to argue for or against a concept based on our own personal philosophy or view of the world, what advances our personal interests, or the interests of our party, family, organization, or region. Perhaps viewing the issue from a management or systemic perspective might result in innovative approaches to the issue. The American national mindset, citizen philosophy, lack of citizen motivation to be proactively healthy, and governance model make the socialization of health care in America very problematic, particularly at this point in time. A country needs to know its limitations.

    • nothirdsolution says on: July 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm


      In your post, you note that "Simply put, a national healthcare system does not fit within our governance model, nor does it fit within our cultural philosophy."

      I'd revise that to read, "A national healthcare system does not fit within the metaphysical confines of reality." It has nothing to do with cultural philosophy.

  • John says on: July 22, 2009 at 2:32 am


    In the interest of fair use or playing devil's advocate or whatever, read about what kinds of nightmarish health care the poor and uninsured can receive in a relatively free society:

  • Cork says on: July 24, 2009 at 8:08 am


    Great post, David.

    And OMG the left is *still* trotting around their bullshit "50 million uninsured number" on all the tv stations. Nobody ever challenges it, even though it's the most dishonest pack of lies ever told.

  • Don says on: July 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm


    Its appalling that inspite of the century or more worth of thousands of instances of massive gov't failures in virtually all sectors of the society there are still millions of people that believe the gov't is the solution.

    What's it take to get through to these people?

    Helluva testament to the value of a public education that reduces one to an idiot incapable of thinking.

    If you point this out they get defensive and point out childishly, "Yeah?, well its still the free-est <sp> country on the planet and if you don't like it you can move to Iran, maybe you'd be better suited there."

    None squeals so loudly as the collectivist forced to live by the rules he advocates for others.

    FWIW: I won't pay 1 cent toward any form of national health care, period.

  • cawcudoodledoo says on: July 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm


    this article sounds like sum bullshit…

    • ZJS says on: July 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm


      That's a great opinion, but it really doesn't matter unless you can support it.

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