As the Senate moves slowly towards a Health Care Reform bill, I am struck by the display of politics based upon “delay and confuse” versus “trust me”. In fact there is no basis for either position. Republicans are simply irresponsible and/or cruel to keep up their campaign to confuse Americans about what might happen and not to propose anything that could fix the current system. Democrats, on the other hand, cry out about the morality of fixing health care and are totally silent about the underlying problems inherent with the current system and especially Medicare.
What neither party is addressing is that the current health care system is too costly (by any standard) and going broke, and compared too all other modern industrialized countries does not deliver as good health care. This is the real problem.
It is also true that in other systems, like those of Canada, Germany, France, and Japan (to name a few), no one can be denied basic health care for any reason. So why are our politicians not focusing on “best in class”?
Polls have consistently shown a majority of Americans favor a single payer approach. Yet neither party is talking about it. Why? Medicare works well with respect to the ease Americans 65 and older find it to use. But Medicare is paying cents on the dollar for the health care services it covers and is still projected to go bust in the near future. Why?
At this point Americans are not being served well by either political party. The “reform” that is likely to be enacted will be to include more people which is noble but an illusion until the main problems are fixed. Like most things in America it will take a crisis, like when doctors and hospitals stop dispensing their services. We could do so much better if we simple used data.