Reader's view: Don't rush into costly universal health care
I have some concerns and fears regarding the universal health-care plan being proposed. My first concern is that President Obama says it must be approved quickly. Does that mean it will, like the stimulus package, be voted on by Congress without ...
I have some concerns and fears regarding the universal health-care plan being proposed.
My first concern is that President Obama says it must be approved quickly. Does that mean it will, like the stimulus package, be voted on by Congress without even being read? Will there be time to find good ways to improve the health-care system without destroying the excellent medical care already offered many? Will there be an open debate on different ideas? Or will the plan be rushed through to the detriment of our present medical programs? Will it mean another government bureaucracy will come between patient and doctor? Who'll decide what treatments will be given to individuals -- doctors or government?
Here are some things everyone can consider. Universal health care will not be free. It'll cost trillions over the years -- money we don't presently have, as both Medicare and Social Security are running out. We are already deeply in debt by the trillions being spent by the president and Congress. Where will the money come from?
The new proposed universal health-care system will inevitably lead to rationing and denial of care, my biggest fear. Waits to see the doctor will be long. Those older than 65 should be concerned; will they be able to get that pacemaker? What about that hip surgery? When health care is delayed or denied, passive euthanasia can result, as it has in Britain and elsewhere.
It's my hope Congress will open this discussion to the public and aim to get the best program possible, preferably one not government-controlled or administered.
Finally, I want all members of Congress and the ultra rich to be in the same program that all Americans will be put in. Or will they exempt themselves?