The reason the goverment can't handle anything is that Republicans are running it.
Nationalized health care doesn't sound "great." It just sounds rational and reasonable. It's not perfect and none of the proposed systems will permit you to have unnecessary heart transplants or laser surgery on the government's dime just for fun. What will happen is that people will all have health care. That's enough.
What "republican's are running it"?
Are they running the AMA?
Are they running the healthcare system?
What the heck do you mean?
So you want everyone to have healthcare?
Why not find a reasonable way to do it that doesn't require the government to run it and doesn't require every american with money to pay for health care for those with no money (unless they volunteer it)?
That's not what the democrat party is pushing. They want socialized medicine where you are not allowed to have your pick of plans, doctors, insurers, etc.
Should we pay for the healthcare of anyone who makes it over the border illegaly as well?
Where does that money come from? Can I sneak into canada for free healthcare, then sneak back here?
One major reason healthcare costs are so high is illegal aliens. This is a fact. I went to the large metro public hospital a few months back and the ER was jam packed with illegal aliens. The doc told me (after I waited 4 hours with a bleeding cut) that most of them were illegal and that most of them come in and use the ER like a doctors office. They never pay. So who does? Taxpaying citizens.
Will this problem dissapear if we nationalize medicine? Or will our tax burden simply increase?
Will doctors earn less? Should a doctor earn $40k a year? How are the democrats planning on handling doctors wages, understaffing, cost of care, emerging healthcare technologies, and billing? Will they force doctors unions, with standard pay raises ala the way our educational system "works"?
It sounds great. But in reality, it is underdeveloped as a concept and requires serious review.
I was never talking about unneccessary surgery - I was talking about necessary, but not life threatening surgery.
For instance, my mother had her hip replaced. She scheduled the surgery a few weeks out.
I have a cousin in Canada whose mother needed hip replacement surgery. She was on a waiting list for 9 months, then got scheduled. She didn't get to choose to have the best doctor available. She suffered in pain with limited mobility for 9 months for no reason other than the downside of nationalized healthcare.
I'd love to see cheap healthcare for the underpriveledged. Perhaps we could encourage some of those 'doctors without borders' to do a little more pro bono here at home instead.
Why can't we encourage free or low cost healthcare clinics instead? Make them tax exempt. Work with subsidies and private charity to fund it.
It would be a great place for young doctors to improve their skills and provide a great service as well. Why can't we fund that instead and leave the rest alone? Why shouldn't I be able to pick my plan, pick my doctor, and the rest?
There are ways to change the system without trashing the whole thing, don't you think? Aren't there other solutions that make more sense?