I’m not a fan of single payer government-run health insurance for similar reasons as Milton Friedman. In the sense that government at whatever level would be the sole provider of health insurance in this country. Or healthcare in general like in Sweden. But I hate the idea of having to pay for someone else’s health insurance, because they do not have health insurance and the means to pay for their healthcare out-of-pocket just as much. I do not want government telling me what health insurance plan or what hospital I have to go to or what doctors I can see. Just as much as I do want government telling me what healthcare I can have or what I and other people male or female can do with their bodies so in other words.
I’m pro-choice when it comes to abortion as long as I do not have to pay for someone else’s abortion. But I’m also pro-choice when it comes to healthcare and health insurance broadly. But again I do not want government telling me that I have to pay for someone else’s health insurance, because they decided not to have health insurance or didn’t sign up for Medicaid. They didn’t do their part to cover their healthcare. So what we need in America is a balance that protects our individual freedom, but doesn’t allow for us to escape our individual responsibilities. And that includes healthcare one of if not our largest sector of our economy. Twice the size of the rest of the developed world and one of the reasons why it’s so big is because we have so many people that essentially get their healthcare for free. Not completely because they get hit by it later in higher taxes, but those taxes then get spread around.
But people without health insurance go to the emergency room without health insurance and how they’ll get the healthcare that they need. And not have to cover it on the spot with their health insurance card or out-of-pocket. So what we need to do and already have with the 2010 Affordable Care Act is tell these people they have to get health insurance. And I would even add health savings accounts as an option as long as they are covering their own healthcare costs. And for people who can’t afford that we now have a tax credit to pay for the working poor Medicaid. Just as long as they are covering their healthcare bills. Whatever your position is on the individual healthcare mandate is and I’m in favor of it for reasons I just laid out in this blog, but that’s exactly what it is about.
It’s not about telling Americans they have to give up their current health insurance to take the government plan. It’s telling them that they have to pick a plan and they make that choice as long as they are paying for their own health insurance. They still make the decision at the end of the day how to pay for their own health insurance. But they have to pay for it and that’s why I’m in favor of it. Personal freedom and personal responsibility, should be what the American health care system is about. We all have our own health issues and responsibilities. But we need to do is that we are all doing our part to live up to those. Let Americans decide how they pay for their health care, but just as long as they do pay for it. And aren’t allowed to pass their own health care costs onto people who are responsible enough to pay for their own health care.