The United States is considered to be one of the most powerful nations in the world. It has a very powerful and effective military, vast free market economy, founded on religious freedom, and a strong democracy. Yet, with all of these wonderful things, there is something missing. Millions of Americans lack health insurance. There are many reasons as to why many Americans are unable to get health insurance. Many Americans suffer from pre-existing conditions, they are denied for different reasons, and they simply cannot afford it. There are stories that we can read in the newspaper, which will break out hearts, but I truly believe that national healthcare will have a negative effect on our economy.
First, we all know that nothing is ever free. To cover the costs of national healthcare taxes will be raised. If people begin to pay higher taxes, is the national healthcare really going to be free? How do you think Americans will feel when their taxes go up, and they are paying for the healthcare for individuals who do not work? Eventually, the government will need to cut spending in other areas to cover its national healthcare. Will national healthcare be worth it if we have to cut spending on national defense, medical research, or even education? Federal funds will pay for most of the resulting new costs, but there will be small increases in state Medicaid spending on adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. These cost increases range from $21.1 billion to $43.2 billion over the 2014-2019 period, with the difference depending on the level of participation (Holahan & Dorn , 2010).
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Secondly, with a national healthcare system a majority of the decision making will come from the government. Many medical decisions are private, and with national laws in place there will be people in higher places deciding what procedures individuals are eligible for. Where a decision should be made with the physician and the patient, other factors will come into play, like age and severity of the medical condition. It is going to take away the power from the patient in regards to their personal medical decision making. The decisions that drive health-care costs and quality of care are made by individual patients and their health-care providers. These decisions should not be influenced by universal government mandates, administered pricing systems or expenditure targets, but should instead be based on an adequately informed assessment by individual patients and their providers about the value of services in a particular clinical situation. (O’Shea, 2013)
Another factor to consider is that with a national healthcare program, physicians will be considered government employees. This will reduce competitiveness, where physicians were looking to be the best in their field, they will now have job security and not have to worry if they are the most popular surgeon or not. This may lead future young adults to avoid the medical field completely; who wants to study for such a long period of time to have your salary regulated, and the government determine if an operation is necessary or not? Politics always has some level of corruption. With national healthcare there is likely to be shady dealings and bad deals going on. We always see special interest take precedence in politics, is national healthcare really a place for that? How long before funding/regulatory decisions on certain drugs, treatments, research, etc. are decided based on those who give the most political support, as opposed to which will save lives and improve quality of life? (Messerli, no date) With national healthcare there will be a lower quality in service provided, private sectors are motivated to perform at high levels, if everything is provided by the government why should one facility be more efficient than another if the standards are the same? There will be longer waits, when there is free healthcare studies show that people use it more often than not. This means that a patient with a sore throat may go to the emergency room and take someone’s place that does indeed have an emergency.
... decisions are being made by faceless bureaucrats of a different sort. These bureaucrats represent managed care health plans instead of the government. ... demand national health care on the grounds that health care is a right. Is health care a right ... Healthcare of Tennessee, recently told the Wall Street Journal, more managed care patients are becoming "frequent fliers;" they over utilize health care ...
In conclusion, when we hear or read an article about national healthcare the negative side tends to be overlooked. National healthcare is an issue that affects us all. However, I do not expect us to all agree. What is good for you may not be the best choice for me. Over the next few years, and even more importantly the next presidential election, national healthcare will be a hot topic. Americans must take this time to do their research, look at the pros and cons. As we begin to see changes in our current healthcare system it is vital that both sides come together to find a better more feasible solution to our nation’s healthcare problems.
Holahan, J., & Dorn , S. (2010, June) State Budgets under Federal Health Reform: The Extent and Causes of Variations in Estimated Impacts. Retrieved on December 27, 2013 from http://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/8149.pdf
Messerli, J (no date given) Should the Government Provide Free Universal Health Care for All Americans? Retrieved on December 28,2013 from http://www.balancedpolitics.org/universal_health_care.htm
O’Shea, J (2013, February) Doctors Debate Universal Health Care: Pros and Cons from the Experts. Retrieved on December 28, 2013 from http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2013/02/14/doctors-debate-universal-health-care-pros-and-cons-from-the-experts/