William Thien

Getting Back to The Health Care Debate, Since We Seem to Have Wandered Off, Or Perhaps Have been LEAD ASTRAY!

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Some things to remember about socialized medicine in The United States are that we actually pay in to several socialized systems already, to include Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security (which has its own medical programs). But that’s just at the Federal Level. Most states have their own programs as well. If we wrapped them up all in to one system, that would certainly bring the costs down. Europe has figured that out. Read on.

William Thien

I participated in a healthy debate on an email list about socialized medicine versus privatized medicine in 2004 and 2005. A fellow conservative had remarked that Canada’s health system required long waits for substandard care and concluded that all socialized health care programs produced the same results.

At the time I was paying for my own health insurance to the tune of about $6,000 per year. But when I went in to have some blemishes removed from my skin where my backpack straps (I like to hike) rubbed them, which was painful, the health insurer said it was a “pre-existing condition” and refused to pay for the doctor’s visit. Upon discovering the greed of the health insurer I stopped paying the monthly premium and was in fact better off by about $6,000 the next year. But people need health care.

The online debate I had caused me to use my…

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