When It Comes to Healthcare, these Americans are Missing the Point

When It Comes to Healthcare, these Americans are Missing the Point

Ever since the disastrous Obamacare reforms eliminated competition in the healthcare market and created an insurance crisis, Americans on all sides of the political spectrum have been talking about how the Trump administration should address the issue, namely what to replace Obamacare with. There's just one problem:

The result of government intervention. Source: Business Insider

The result of government intervention. Source: Business Insider

As government gets more involved in the healthcare system and medicine becomes less privatized, costs skyrocket and quality plummets. The natural conclusion would be to get government out of the picture so that free-market competition can lower prices. Of course, that makes far too much sense for Democrats, whose only solution to government problems is to apply even more government. Even Republicans are now buying into the insanity. From the New York Times:

Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act had yet to begin its expansion of health insurance to millions of Americans, but Jeff Brahin was already stewing about it.

“It’s going to cost a fortune,” he said in an interview at the time.

This week, as Republican efforts to repeal the law known as Obamacare appeared all but dead, Mr. Brahin, a 58-year-old lawyer and self-described fiscal hawk, said his feelings had evolved.

“As much as I was against it,” he said, “at this point I’m against the repeal.”

“Now that you’ve insured an additional 20 million people, you can’t just take the insurance away from these people,” he added. “It’s just not the right thing to do.”

After years of Tea Party demands for smaller government, Republicans are now pushing up against a growing consensus that the government should guarantee health insurance. A Pew survey in January found that 60 percent of Americans believe the federal government should be responsible for ensuring that all Americans have health coverage. That was up from 51 percent last year, and the highest in nearly a decade.

The belief held even among many Republicans: 52 percent of those making below $30,000 a year said the federal government has a responsibility to ensure health coverage, a huge jump from 31 percent last year. And 34 percent of Republicans who make between $30,000 and about $75,000 endorsed that view, up from 14 percent last year.
— Kate Zernike and Abby Goodnough, reporting for the New York Times

Concepts like personal responsibility and self-reliance are being thrown out in favor of bloated government programs that spend tax payer money inefficiently. Americans have forgotten the original cause of the issues we now face. Our country is now debating whether to put out the metaphorical fire with kerosene or gasoline.

If this trend holds, we could very well see our healthcare system collapse on a national scale.

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