Healthcare: A house divided cannot stand

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Let me define the problem by mangling a famous Abraham Lincoln speech: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this healthcare system cannot endure, permanently, half government-run and half kind-sorta private. I do not expect healthcare to disappear — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. The two real alternatives before us are: Adopting a 'single-payer' system in which the state takes complete top-to-bottom charge of healthcare; or radically reducing — even eliminating — the state’s role in healthcare." (07/16/17)

  • MamaLiberty

    True, Thomas, but the "state" will most likely take over the current mixed system because so few people seem to want to accept and exercise the personal responsibility and make the tough decisions that getting rid of the state would require. Many of the current providers of all kinds, the insurance companies and politicians/bureaucrats at all levels, want to maintain control of both medicine and the people. That's a big hill to climb.

    But, of course, there is hope for some of us. Those who do take personal responsibility and learn to manage their own health will benefit the most either way. And the "black/gray market" in health care and providers will continue to grow.

    • I agree. I support a free market as opposed to "single-payer," aka complete state takeover of medicine.

      My main point is that we might as well go ahead and have THAT fight as a fight over a bunch of meaningless tweaks. I expect to lose that fight, but I also think that the existing system is even worse than "single-payer" precisely because it PRETENDS to include market elements, when those elements are actually just corporate welfare teats. Losing the fight is one thing. Losing the fight because my actual side isn't really even in it is another.

  • R R Schoettker

    " I mostly just wish the politicians would stop tinkering and make up their minds."

    I just wish they would shut the hell up and go away and stop trying to make up everybody else s mind for them, as usual!