Argument against socializing Healthcare

Argument against socializing Healthcare - Healthcare The...

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Healthcare The debate over the notion to nationalize the healthcare system in the U.S has become one of the most divisive issues on the current political scene. The prevailing argument made by those who advocate this change compare our system to most other nations in the West, who are mostly democracies like us, that have nationalized healthcare systems and ask, if our nation, the richest and most powerful on the planet has so much money and puts so much emphasis on human rights, can’t we do the same thing when we have such a large portion of our population without health insurance? It may seem contradictory that we can say we have the best healthcare system in the world while at the same time we have no way of ensuring healthcare universally to our own citizens but in fact, it is the very absence of such a government run system that makes ours so good. This is because quality healthcare is attained not by providing a uniform system for everyone to conform to but by providing an incentive for healthcare providers to compete to provide the best possibility service they can. When the government takes over an industry from the private sector and attempts to run it under one giant system, the incentive to improve service or try to embolden new techniques deteriorates because the fundamental goals of the two systems are different. The capitalist-based free market system that we have is to provide the best quality of care to the patients who choose them by competition in prices, while the socialized system aims only to provide a minimal level of care but to as many people as is necessary. Therefore, although there is a compelling ideological basis for nationalizing healthcare so that it covers the population universally, the reality of the situation demonstrates that this issue is less about right and
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wrong and is more determined by the comparison between quantity and quality of healthcare. By examining the flaws of such a systematic change it will become clear that nationalizing healthcare will only add more to an already out of control problem. It is important to recognize that many aspects of our American healthcare system are already nationalized. We have a Medicaid system which provides government mandated healthcare to citizens who cannot afford healthcare or have disabilities that prevent them from being covered by a private provider. This system operates by the federal government providing funding to the states who then administer the plan directly to its citizens. By having the states run the plan, and not the federal government, peoples’ medical needs are more directly and effectively addressed. One major problem of this system is that a lot of people who are uninsured don’t apply or sign up for Medicaid. This is because they don’t experience any change in care whether they are on Medicaid or not and neither do the doctors who treat them because they too, are paid the same no matter how the patient is insured. But the people who do feel the difference are the hospital
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course POLS 221 taught by Professor Sanders during the Fall '07 term at CofC.

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