Sunday, May 17, 2009

Health Care Ad

This ad is from Conservatives for Patient Rights, a patient advocacy group.

I'm amazed at the people who want to give up the health care they now receive for the mythical treasure of universal healthcare. Recently, on Diane Rehm's radio show, Steve Roberts hosted a panel of experts who were discussing health care reform. One of them argued that socialized medicine worked spectacularly well for most people, helping them get treated for serious conditions quickly and for less money. Of course, the man said, "elective procedures" have a bit of a wait.

One of the other men pointed out that "elective procedures" under socialized medicines include a second Pap smear when one comes up abnormal. "You might be told that you have to wait three months or so to get the second one," he said. "Does that sound fast to you? Does the second Pap smear seem like an elective procedure?"

What this boils down to is that most people want great medical care when they need/want it, but they don't want to pay for it. Such a system isn't sustainable, whether it's in the private sector or run by the government. Until Americans accept that socialized medicine means rationing, they won't understand what it is they are asking for.

H/T: The Other McCain.