Cloaked rationing


It’s the word that single-payer opponents often use to scare people from supporting the idea.

In “those countries” with “socialized medicine,” people have to “wait in line” to see a doctor (kind of like we do here. Of course if our Timely Access to Care legislation from 2002 could actually ben enacted…ahem).

Also, in countries where the “government runs” things, you may not be able to get the care you need because a nameless, faceless bureaucrat will stand in your way. (Again, that’s kind of like here in the US. But because we’re #1, we have lots of choices when it comes to being denied care. A ‘private insurer’ can then deny you care. You can be uninsured and be unable to afford care. Or, if you have health coverage your private insurer can also retroactively cancel your coverage.)

In California, lawmakers have argued the same thing on many occasions. In one hearing, Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, a Moorpark Republican called universal healthcare a “Las Vegas buffet,’’ where “everyone eats for the same price; everyone waits in the same long lines. Some of those more sought after foods…. some people get them, some people don’t.”

Then, rationing occurs, she explained at another hearing:

“Preferential treatment – that’s a big problem that happens when the government
gets to decide things,’’ she said. For instance, a sports athlete with a torn rotator cuff could jump in line ahead an older person who had the same injury.

Opponents of universal healthcare, however, fail to see — or acknowledge that the current system also rations — those who can afford healthcare and “Cadillac coverage” get care. Those who can’t don’t — and often suffer mightily. Rationing would become ever more pronounced under McCain’s healthcare plan.

From the debate Wednesday night:

Now, 95 percent of the people in America will receive more money under my plan because they will receive not only their present benefits, which may be taxed, which will be taxed, but then you add $5,000 onto it, except for those people who have the gold-plated Cadillac insurance policies that have to do with cosmetic surgery and transplants and all of those kinds of things.

A kidney transplant, so that a person can live, is “Cadillac” coverage? Maternity benefits, so that a woman can receive prenatal care and have a healthy newborn is “Cadillac” coverage?

McCain and his supporters cloak his healthcare plan in patriotic ideas like “choice” and the ability for Americans to “decide” what’s best for them and their families. The fundamental problem with this is, is that there is no choice. The market has already “chosen” for us — and that choice is profits over over people.

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