It has been 3 days since I have put up a blog post so I figured that I would write something on the necessity of single payer healthcare, especially in light of the Coronavirus. As a quick aside, I refuse to call it COVID19 because the Corona Beer company takes exception; that’s just too bad. Since millions of Americans are going to get sick and many may die the time for a national discussion on moving to Medicare For All has never been more important. Indeed this topic is critical now and it is a shame that it’s going to take a pandemic to open this discussion. Americans should never have placed profits over people.
The classic argument for keeping private health insurance has always been the saying, Americans love their private health insurance. Well, it turns out that this is only partly true. If you’re a member of the working class, having private health insurance is great until you have to use it. Once you have to use it for critical illness or injury, then you become a marble in a Rube Goldberg machine of nightmares that would be the envy of Freddy Krueger. The denials and surprise bills mount as the insurance companies find every way to deny, deny, and deny a little more.
Then once the politicians realize that Americans are growing wise to the game, they try and prop up the private health insurance system by warping the discussion into one of access. Again, access to healthcare is not the root problem. Most Americans can walk into a Mercedes Benz or BMW dealership but it does not mean that they can afford the high end cars therein. There are plenty of hospitals and plenty of urgent care faciltities throughout America so the only thing stopping Americans from seeking care is affordability. Having access to health insurance has not made healthcare delivery outcomes less expensive or more accessible. This means that Obamacare is an unmitigated failure.
The answer is surprisingly simple: Medicare For All. It is not socialized medicine because doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals continue to be privately employed. In other words there are no death panels and doctors will have more freedom to give the care they so desire. I find it sadly ironic that the true death panels are the insurance companies. They literally weird the power of suffering, life, and death over all of us, yet are cleverly disguising this under careful marketing psychology and buying politicians and lobbyists to spin the story. Medicare For All means that when people get sick or injured, it need not necessarily be a completely life-altering experience.