I don’t know if you’ve been following the healthcare debate in the States. Obama’s trying to bring in a plan that gets their ludicrously backward and complicated system part way towards the universal system every other developed country has. The Right’s going nuts.
These next two clips prove that Jon Stewart is the smartest man on TV.
Can you imagine any journalist debating at this level? And that quote: “I don’t mind being taxed a little more to help people who are not in the position I am because it’s one way I can give back to the country helped me come this far”
To me, the healthcare issue is simple. There’s not enough, and never going to be enough, healthcare capacity to meet demand. So, as with any resource, use must be rationed. Usually, we use markets to ration. The price rises until enough people are cut out of the market that demand matches supply. But that’s not satisfactory for healthcare because access to health is a human right.
So, the only just solution is to ration by need. The resources go to those who need it the most. That can only be done through a universial, free system. There shouldn’t be any private paid healthcare, including GPs because they exclude people who have greater need while treating those with greater wealth. Only free provision based on need is just.
We’re still some way from that ideal but at least we’re not stuck in the rut the Americans are in where powerful industry interests have combined with every nutter in town to stop even a partial reform towards a fairer, more efficent public system of the type that every other developed country takes for granted.
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