*Disclaimer:Â This post was written by a cold-hearted capitalist who views the world through the objective lens of reality, and it may anger anyone who likes rainbows, polar bears, and myopic utopias.
We have to decide whether healthcare is a commodity or a right. Not everyone can drive a Lexus. Does everyone deserve access to the very latest and most expensive medical technologies?
I think most people would say yes they should have that access.Â Being able to use expensive diagnostics like MRI’s in the treatment of a uninsured child, for example, is one of the great things about being American.Â Â Unfortunately we have toÂ accept that this decisionÂ has consequences.
If healthcare is a commodity that consumers must pay for, we would be better served by healthcare solutions that catered to varying income demographics (Walmart vs. Saks Fifth Avenue, translated to the healthcare industry).Â This would allow the free market to come up with innovations to keep the costs of healthcare down.Â Unfortunately thisÂ would necessarilyÂ mean limiting access to the very best healthcare resources.
However if healthcare is a right, and everyone deserves to “shop at Saks Fifth Avenue”, there doesn’t seem any way around setting up a system for wealth redistribution, because we just don’t have that much money.Â Right now, all things considered, it seems like we have come up with a decent compromise between cost and quality.Â Our current healthcare system isn’t perfect, but it is working reasonably well, and better than any other in the world.Â In spite of this, our government seems to believe that healthcareÂ must beÂ a fundamental right.
Based upon this we must understand that wealth redistribution will follow.Â All I ask for from the government is honest debate.Â Favoring wealth redistribution and healthcare for all is a point of view that, as Americans, anyone has a right to.Â What bothers me is we are told “Great news!Â Healthcare will not add one single penny to the deficit….pay no attention to theÂ socialist behind the curtain”.Â Americans have more intelligence than that, and most of us don’t suffer liars.