No country has ever been able to provide universal healthcare without either going broke and or all but eliminating their military and or degrading services to the point that those with money go elsewhere such as the US for services.
Just look at Europe: Universal healthcare in almost all countries. They did it on the back of and it was paid for by the American taxpayer. We bailed out their butts after WWII, rebuilt their countries then sent out soldiers over to defend against the Rusky’s. When a country no longer has to depend soley upon itself for defense then suddenly there is a bucket of money to be spent and Europe spent it on social programs and free healthcare. And even with all that money from not having to field a global military footprint they are going BROKE supporting healthcare.
In order to have free healthcare we must give up something, simple as that.
Medicaid costs not exceed the cost of Medicare. I am on Medicare, having paid in all my life and I still have to pay in, Medicaid on the other hand is FREE, and no one has ever paid a dime into.
There are approx 93-97 Million Americans the live on Govt benefits, who do not work, yet live free.
Then there is the medical community paradigm which is based upon TREATMENT, not prevention. The so called poor, who are of the 93+ million who live for free in America are racked with health issues, Diabetes, smoking, Obesity which are all based upon LIFESTYLE choices. The cost to support them medically over their lifetime will break out bank.
If you want to see the future of healthcare in America then look at the full govt run VA system. While the VA states that every veteran can and will see a VA Doc within 30 days of requesting an appointment, in fact that its not just untrue, its a LIE. My diabetes eye exam is scheduled for May 22nd…only a few months off you say, well I requested the appt 3 years ago!
Then there is the little problem (little may be the understatement of the year) of acceptance of pre-existing conditions…won’t work! Why BUY insurance if all I have to is walk in the door of a Docs office and it time for the operation, so I bought insurance yesterday. I just spent 24 hrs in a hospital. I had an operation that lasted 1 ½ hr, overnight stay, 3 meals…$48,000!
Finally, once given it becomes and entitlement in the eyes of many, especially those who live off the taxpayer dole and with them being almost 100 Million strong they are not far from taking the country down.
Don’t get me wrong, not throwing rocks at Rand Paul, but what I am saying is there are some landmines that if not dealt with, will bring collapse of ANY healthcare bill tendered. The GOP and the Dims really need to answer this questions and solve the issues. I personally do not support Universal healthcare. I worked hard all my life to provide an income and benefits for me and my family in our retirement years, but its seems it was for naught as it now a lifetime entitlement for which 100M did not have to pay in a single dime to get.