With growing animosity towards a government health insurance company, President Obama is planning a news conference to help the stalling H.R. 3200. We have heard some criticism about the bill from the CBO and Michael Steele.
Let’s take a good look at the argument for Health Care Reform. Senator Ted Kennedy says it is “the cause of my life” in a recent column in Newsweek. He starts by explaining his personal story about the great benefits the “best medical care money can buy”. Soon after the tone changes “in the richest country in the world…Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. Senators are entitled too.”
The fact that some Americans remain uninsured seems to be the biggest reason for reform. Senator Kennedy says “we will end the disgrace of America as the only major industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t guarantee health care for its people”. This opinion is rooted deeply in the belief that government can solve its citizen’s problems. I don’t see our current health care as a disgrace. Polling shows most Americans are proud of our economic status and health care system. With today’s economic climate and budget deficits, why place more burden on the already struggling government?
Next Kennedy says “What I haven’t heard the critics discuss is the cost of inaction”. This is hardly an endorsement for change but he is right, we haven’t heard the cost of inaction because we have personally lived through it for many years. There are a few programs that are having the same problem and some are running a sizeable debt such as Social Security, Amtrak, and NASA. These programs we know are broken and no one claims them as being best in the world yet we don’t touch them. Remaining status quo may not bring down the costs of insurance or prescription drugs but it also won’t add to pile of debt.
You have to give Senator Kennedy some credit for being upfront in this debate. He doesn’t hide the fact that he wants a single payer system or that he would like the rich to pay for it. I think he should take some of his own advice and “learned that you have to be a realist as you pursue your ideals”. A realist would say this is not the time for a dramatic overhaul in Health Care.