I must start this post by saying that I am not an expert on national healthcare, but I do have more experience than most Americans. I would also like to say that I am extremely conservative, and would prefer to call it "socialized healthcare". Having said that, I really don't tend to argue the point, but I just wanted to let you know where I'm coming from.
I think I should start by saying that socialized medicine does offer many benefits. First, and probably the main benefit that comes from a socialized health care system, is that everyone gets coverage. That's a nice thought. The other benefit from Obamacare in particular is that adult children are covered until they are 25, and people cannot be excluded because of pre-existing conditions. Those are the only benefits that I see.
At this point though, I must add that in America, it is illegal for an emergency room to refuse care if the person cannot afford to pay for it. I have spent many hours in the emergency rooms (taking other people there), and have seen first hand that they are full of those who can't afford to pay, including illegal immigrants. These people actually are getting healthcare, and are getting it free. There are also many government clinics that provide healthcare to those who have no income. There actually does exist healthcare for all.
I see many flaws in a socialized healthcare program, as compared to the health care we have lived with in America. In particular, the Obamacare program seems to be not well organized, and will be difficult to implement. It is so complicated that even the top government officials don't know what all it contains. And let's face it, our government doesn't have a good track record of managing anything. In addition, the costs for those who already have health insurance are going to sky rocket. It is estimated that my own health care costs will go up 80% with the implementation of Obamacare. Basically, it is a "take from the rich and give to the poor" program. But my concerns go even deeper than that.
I have lived in China for a few years (total), and have experienced their health care first hand. What I have experienced is that the overall medical care is inferior. Some might argue that this is just because I am in a second/third world country. But I am speaking about the actual way that the care is administered. In a government run program, people become a number instead of a person. Practitioners are overworked and underpaid. In addition, the actual care tends to become "rote", and the caregiver is more concerned about getting on to the next patient than spending more time with the present one. I have a number of current health problems, but I am waiting until I go home to America to see my personal physician.
I think that a modified system would work better in the American culture. I don't think Obamacare is the answer. I think the HMO type systems really do work better, but they cost money! If people can't afford to pay for it themselves, then we have to rely on taxes to pay for it. And that brings us back to the mess we are currently in. In addition, it does remove some of the economic competition, so care level often goes down. It's a complicated issue that is difficult even for the most educated on the subject, much less for a bureaucratic government to try to comprehend. Let's let government stick to governing, and come up with a different way to run our health care program.
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