Healthcare is Not Getting Reformed

Posted: June 30, 2017 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church

​By Matt Horan

Healthcare is expensive, and we don’t like that, so our elected officials, who want to remain elected officials, are promising to take care of it.  

By the way–they’re not going to take care of it.

See, healthcare is expensive because:

  1. We pay doctors more than most places in the world because we sue each other more than everywhere else in the world.
  2. We are more obese than everywhere else in the world.
  3. Hospital stays are the most expensive in the world, one again, because we sue each other more than everywhere else in the world
  4. Drug patents last so long that it takes several years before cheaper generics can be produced–which is a big deal since we consume more prescription drugs than everywhere else in the world.

They’re not going to take care of it because they seem to believe that there can be healthcare reform without doing anything about any of the aforementioned reasons that healthcare is expensive.  There have been no plans for salary reforms, no efforts against obesity, no tort reforms, and no patent reforms proposed in any bills passed by either side.

See, those who have made healthcare a for-profit industry have successfully manipulated the debate.  Rather than talking about how much it costs, they have turned it into a class warfare argument about who will pay for it.  Let’s consider how a bill becomes a failure to solve the problem:

  • First, a healthcare bill is written and the CBO announces how many people will not have health insurance if this bill is enacted.
  • Second, news outlets find some opponents of the bill to say how many people will die without insurance, and polling data shows that Americans are opposed to people dying from not having health insurance.
  • Third, some combination of government (tax revenue) and consumer spending is decided upon to pay for healthcare, meaning that in the end, consumers are paying for all of it either way.  

Result: Though the percentage coming from public and private sources might wiggle back and forth every once in a while, the healthcare industry gets paid just as much as they were getting paid before.

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