2013 August 10 Saturday
Senator Reid: Obamacare Step Toward Single Payer System

Harry Reid of Nevada wants to take away your ability to pay for the health care treatments of your choice.

When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”

Since the US population is going to become poorer and less able to afford their own health care I expect pressure for a single payer system will grow.

If this comes to pass this look north to Canada to get a sense of what this means: Once a general practitioner in Canada refers a patient to a specialist the average wait time is over 4 months.

The nonpartisan Fraser Institute reported that 46,159 Canadians sought medical treatment outside of Canada in 2011, as wait times increased 104 percent — more than double — compared with statistics from 1993.

Maybe Americans will be allowed to buy health care services at the front of the line in Canada while Canadians will be able to do the same in America.

The trend toward traveling to cheaper places to get surgery done will accelerate if the United States enacts single payer health care. My very strong advice: save more for your old age so you can buy medical care that your government won't fund. Also, you will be able buy the newest treatments before they are widely available.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 August 10 09:11 PM 

castro oil said at August 11, 2013 12:12 PM:

I think Cuba will be the place to go for tx. Is there anyway to make a stock play on this?

asdf said at August 12, 2013 6:28 AM:

I hope its a step toward single payer. Single payer actually works. Obamacare doesn't.

Sam said at August 12, 2013 4:13 PM:

I wonder if we could have a system that gives a certain amount to all Americans. Say 3000 USD or whatever for insurance? The problems I see with this are insurance companies gaming the system and with holding treatment until in some cases you died. If the government controls it all, like Great Britain, then the bureaucracy swallows up all the money meant for patients. Whether you like it or not you're still paying for people that can't afford it. Maybe some manner of basic care could be created. Another glitch is some are opposed to anyone getting different care. We all know infinite health care will destroy the whole system.

Check it out said at August 16, 2013 4:24 PM:

Sam said at August 12, 2013 4:13 PM: "We all know infinite health care will destroy the whole system."

I don't know what you mean by "infinite health care" but here's something that'll give you a perspective. Hope you are able to get something from it.


Sam said at August 17, 2013 8:49 PM:

"infinite health care" means that if every procedure was used to save or prolong every life it would not be financially feasible. It's a difficult problem. The video said government would take out the profit. That's not true. The people in the health car system, as I noted in mentioning Great Britain, can build large bureaucracys that suck up all the heath care dollars just as fast as the insurance companys can suck up all the dollars as middle men.

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