citizenx wrote:We ration medical care here too.
Ask anyone without insurance, or who's presented the option to pay $1,000 a month for COBRA while unemployed.
Bring it on, I say.
X, I don't like the current setup either. I'll begin from there.
1. No, really medical care is not rationed for people without insurance.
To say that it is sounds like the people who say that if the government doesn't buy you ink and publish your novel, they're censoring you. Granted, there's a problem getting some third party to PAY for your healthcare. The question is-when did that become a natural born right? I'm noticing lately that they're being pretty stingy about rationing built in swimming pools, because they haven't delivered my free one yet.
I agree it's pretty clear that government needs to intervene on this issue because it's become such a huge portion of the GDP and cost of living. But I see that as appropriate because of the economy of scale and the efficiency of risk pooling vs individual self insurance, not because we have a God given right to be seen and treated by a doctor for no individual cost.
You can get as much as you can buy, unlike a government run single payer system that forbids you from receiving "free" treatment until they give permission or the St Lawrence River runs dry, whichever comes first. That's what drives Canadians here.
2. If a person is unemployed, they are certainly making a low enough income that they would qualify for MNCare, the local version of the SCHIP/Medicaid government subsidized healthcare that covers families up to $50,000+ income per year. From what I've read of it, the benefits meet or exceed the family policy I get from my job, and at a much lower cost to the policyholder.