Politicizing the Issue and Single Payer Solutions

Politicizing the Issue and Single Payer Solutions 

It’s a sad fact that healthcare reform is something about which America struggles to have a productive national conversation. There used to be a time when the US healthcare system was something we argued over with the help of information and research. Back then, healthcare was a practical issue instead of a moral one. Today, the conversation seems completely dominated by grandiosity and claptrap. The days of hammering out policy have given way to playing politics for media attention and career survival. If we are going to salvage American healthcare, we must bring the discussion back to a focus on real issues and do away with hyperbole, states Charles Laverty.

Charles Laverty talking about healthcare
Charles Laverty on healthcare

There is a lot of discussions these days about pushing to move America into a single-payer system. Some may trace this sentiment back to the Affordable Care Act, which was viewed by many as a precursor to universal public healthcare. However, though single-payer care is a reasonably successful reality in countries like Canada, Germany, and even the Russian Federation, the government of the United States is not currently able to implement such a system. Put bluntly: we have not given our politicians the freedom to exercise the political will to do it.

Charles Laverty says single payer healthcare speaks disaster

If implemented today, single-payer healthcare in the United States would be ruinously unworkable—in other words, a disaster. Our demographics and the size of our population would create the potential for expensive entitlements that could only be paid for if the government took money from other areas. It makes more sense to look at easier changes that will have noticeable effects on American citizens. One idea is to modify the rules that govern how people can purchase their health insurance.

If insurance laws permitted customers to buy insurance across state lines, it would allow Americans with some of the highest premiums to find cheaper alternatives. Young, healthy people who contribute to our economy do not deserve the burdens of unreasonably high insurance premiums.

In any case, Americans need to return to a frank discussion of logistics instead of clouding the issue with empty theatrical rhetoric. Sound economics and responsible spending will be crucial if we are to reduce premiums for middle-class Americans without introducing sweeping reforms. Questioning the value of every dollar spent and looking at where it comes from may be the most effective ways to prevent severe economic consequences.

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