I’m home sick from work, and just had a WTF moment. I read an interview with this self-proclaimed “tax guy” who’s figured out how to pay for single-payer healthcare. Which isn’t healthcare, but I’ll let that slide for the moment.
While he’s got some tax-reform ideas that are worthy of consideration, he otherwise doesn’t have a freaking clue.
He says people “lose their healthcare” whenever they change jobs, or even when current employers change their health plans each year. While I’ll grant the effect of losing part or all of one’s insurance may have a dampening effect on going to the doctor, it means you’ve lost your insurance, not your access to healthcare.
This is yet another example of how we, as a nation and society, tend to do things backwards. We apply band-aids to symptoms and do nothing to cure the real problems. You see this trend in pretty much every arena government is involved in. Instead of addressing the actual issues with our healthcare system, we pursue expensive, do-nothing legislation that addresses insurance, not healthcare.
You want to solve the problem of access to healthcare, both real and perceived? Then work to make basic healthcare affordable without insurance!!!
Will it be easy? No. We’ll have the weight of the insurance industry against us, since they make billions annually on routine checkups and malpractice insurance. You’ll have push-back from some lawyers – the skanky ones – because they make millions from frivolous malpractice claims.
Reform the system we’ve built around healthcare. Make it so doctors can doctor, not spend most of their time on government and insurance paperwork. Protect them from frivolous lawsuits so that only real neglect and incompetence gets punished.
No, it won’t be easy. Because that’s not how we do things around here. Pass the band-aids.