Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Time to Stop Socialized Medicine is NOW

Dr. Gratzer, a physician and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute wrote a great Editorial for the Wall Street Journal today. This is a short and sweet article that explains how as we rush to socialize our healthcare countries such as Canada and the U.K. are moving in the opposite direction, and for good reason.

One of the most important things to remember when debating whether or not the United States should embrace "universal" health care is the difference between a system that has somewhat private healthcare (our current system, though it is in no way a free market system) and a system that is socialized and government-run. The systems simply are not the same. There will be countless cases in a universal health care system where an individual will literally 'wait to death.' Something that would be treated in the current system will be delayed and delayed in a universal health care system. There is no getting around this fact, as many cases have been documented in Canada and the U.K.

A while back I watched Sicko, Michael Moore's documentary that promotes universal health care. At first it sounded like a great idea! Everyone getting treated, and treated well! But the real picture just isn't that rosy. I can't blame Moore for leaving out different aspects of the debate such as funding, wait lists, government intrusion into patient's choice, etc. since it was in fact a presentation of one side of the argument, as should have been expected. All I ask is that you stop and think about whether this is the right road for America to go down before embracing the idea of a Utopian universal health care system.

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