I’m not sure how these guys got my email ID — perhaps from my blog after reading my post against Obama’s healthcare bill — but I received an email from “Single Payer Action” asking me to donate some money to their allegedly great cause. The language in their email reminded me of the typical we-don’t-want-profits-but-only-what’s-good-for-America political crap we hear so much these days. Therefore, I went to their website to understand what it really was. Here’s what it says about “Single Payer”:
- Right now we have many hundreds of payers.
- They are called insurance corporations.
- We would get rid of them.
- And replace them with a single payer.
- Instead of paying premiums to private for profit insurance companies like Aetna, CIGNA, and Wellpoint, we would all pool our money into one public insurance pool.
- We would be paying the same or less than we are paying now.
- Save $400 billion a year in administrative overhead, waste and profits.
- Use that money to insure everyone — cradle to grave.
- You get an insurance card.
- And it gets you into to see any doctor or any hospital.
- Anywhere in the country.
- No bills. No co-pays. No deductibles.
I guess they left out a few more points:
- No more an ability to pay a private doctor for a quick treatment even if you wanted to
- Waiting in line for your turn no matter what even if it means your stage 1 cancer metastasizes in the meanwhile and kills you
- Another giant leap towards converting the USA to the USSR
- To sum things up, jump out of the frying pan and straight into the fire
They say they are “sick of health insurance companies jacking up premiums while their health insurance company CEOs make out like bandits.” Wow, do they still teach basic economics in the USA? If they do, do they teach it at the high school level or only at the college level? If it’s the latter, that would probably explain why so many of these people who want to change things in America are almost always talking out of their asses.
Not only are these people clueless about basic economics, but also the basic definition of “right to life.” A “right to life” is only meant to free you from people who want to kill you; it’s not meant to tie other people into paying your medical bills and ensuring that you live. When the insurance companies pay more towards your bill than you paid for insurance, it’s not because they think it’s their duty to pay your bills. They’re able to do it because of the beauty that a free market is.
You see, there are always at a point of time more insured people who won’t fall ill than those who do. Therefore, insurance companies have surplus funds they can use to pay for the claims of people who do tend to fall ill and need it.
You might ask if it isn’t similar to Single Payer or Social Security. No it’s not. When there are private insurance companies competing with one another in the market, people have a choice whether or not to buy a particular company’s insurance policy. This choice is exactly what “freedom” is all about. If you wish to make a smart choice about your future life, you have to learn how to do it and find the right insurance policy for yourself. If someone defrauds you, you can sue them, but you can’t force companies to provide you cover for things they didn’t agree to in the first place.
Healthcare is a need not a right, and the means to satisfying that need must be earned just like how you must earn money to buy food or clothing. But of course, you can’t expect any proponent of government spending to ever understand or accept this.
If this charade of “public service” goes on, I guess it won’t be long before another group comes up and says, “instead of putting our paychecks in private for profit banks, we would put all the money in a single public fund, which experts will redistribute among the entire population according to people’s ‘needs’.” Everyone in and nobody out, right? Moreover, having a single public fund in place of a million private individual bank accounts too would definitely save billions of dollars in “administrative overhead, waste and profits.”
The SinglePayerAction.org homepage proudly boasts of its 1,000,000 supporters. In other words, apart from the millions of stupid people who support Obama’s healthcare reform, there are at least a million more who hate America even more than their democrat brothers. Sure, I know they aren’t exactly against their own country, but they are among those people whose good intentions are paving the road to hell for America.