President Obama and House Democrats are pushing hard to impose their version of Universal Healthcare onto the American people. Their goal is to get a bill voted on before the August Congressional break. Like the stimulus bill from 2008, is this something that should be hurried and voted on to meet a vacation deadline?
Today in a speech, Obama said that healthcare overhaul has already been talked to death and that we must act now or nothing will get changed. Does he really think that most Americans are educated enough on this topic to make an informed decision that will significantly affect nearly 20% of our economy? I assure you they are not. Doesn’t the sheer magnitude of government run healthcare deserve a hearty and long-winded debate, not just among so called Congressional Leaders but amongst the American People? The Answer to that is a resounding YES.
Moreover, I believe the debate should start by discussing the ideas behind the necessity of universal healthcare, and end with its economic consequences. Not the other way around. When presented with facts of increased costs and inefficiencies in potential government run healthcare the debate often reverts back to the idea that this is America and we should be able to give everyone health insurance. Is that argument valid to most Americans? Is there a moral good to providing health insurance to ALL Americans that somehow eradicates the assumption that the ends must be cost saving? Or, do the architects of the proposed plan actually believe they can offer a public option that is not a road to a single payer system and is at a minimum, cost neutral?