Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Calls for Universon (sic) HealthHere's the cold hard reality:
By The Virginia Progressive
If there’s a way to set up a competitive health care market that fits into a universal health care system, and ensures that no one will lose their health care when they lose their job, that no one will be stricken with a debilitating illness when they just didn’t think they needed insurance, that we can finally begin to provide incentives for preventative care, that we can stop the constant expansion of the nation’s health care costs and do something good for humanity at the same time — I’m down.
● We can create a universal health care system ...
● ... and we can ensure that no one will lose his or her health care when he or she suddenly becomes unemployed
● ... and we can see to it "that no one will be stricken with a debilitating illness when they (sic) just didn’t think they needed insurance" (Well, only God can do that but dream with us)
● ... and we can provide incentives that will encourage preventive care
● ... and we can do something good for humanity (I don't know what that means either)
But, as for that "we can stop the constant expansion of the nation’s health care costs" pie in the sky:
IN DOING ALL THE ABOVE, WE WILL PRODUCE THE MOST EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EVER KNOWN TO MAN. IT WILL MAKE THE COST OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM SEEM LIKE A WAL-MART BARGAIN.
You either have the government provide comprehensive coverage for everyone at great expense or you have the government ration care and hold costs down (or you open up the health care delivery system to free market forces, which will never happen in my lifetime). There's little middle ground.
Ask the Canadians. You can't have it all.