(If you’re just joining this series, feel free to read the previous installments.)
Check Your Health Care Premises (Part 1)
The admonition to “check one’s premises” is at the heart (and, indeed within the very title) of this ongoing series regarding Capitalism versus Socialism.
And, perhaps, nowhere is that more important than when it comes to health care.
After all, there are two very key points about our modern healthcare situation; one which is very legitimately at “top of mind awareness” of most American citizens today. And that is:
Our health care system is broken. It is not working. Most people can’t afford it, and most everything about it is now counter-productive and in many ways harmful.
However, the next point is the one that is based on a false premise; a dangerously false premise, and that is:
Capitalism is the cause of our current health care mess. In other words…The free enterprise system has failed us in terms of health care.
And, that is simply false.
Of course, when not checking premises (thus a good chance of a premise being false) it’s easy for one to arrive at that false conclusion. After all, since we don’t have – what they have in many other countries – complete and full “Universal Health Care” the conclusion for many would naturally be that we do have a capitalistic/free enterprise-based health care system.
And that is also false.
We haven’t had a market-driven healthcare system for nearly 50 years. In Part Two of this series we’ll revisit that, see how things were when our healthcare system was market-based (hint: it worked really well) 🙂 and what actually happened that made it go so far downhill in such a relatively short period of time.
After all, if it wasn’t the Free Enterprise System that turned things south, it had to be something, right? Indeed, and we’ll see exactly what it was.
Please keep in mind that things don’t happen in a vacuum. Typically, not only is there a reason for something, but that something usually happened further back than what is indicated by its current situation; what I call the “emotional decision point” from which we want to “base” the conclusion and subsequent actions.
When that’s the case, too often an emotional decision is made which not only doesn’t allow the actual problem (the cause) to be dealt with and solved but makes its manifestation – or current situation – even worse.
A couple of years ago, Michael Moore’s movie, “Sicko” captured the imagination of the country. I didn’t have to see it to know what would be in it; I’d read plenty of Mr. Moore’s thoughts about health care. I knew that – in his movie – he’d introduce us to Americans who have no health care insurance and are being left to suffer, or worse; to die.
And, you know what? Had I seen his movie, my heart would have broken for them as it does for the many others I know and/or know of who are experiencing this. Indeed, I ask myself why – in this most abundant of nations – should anyone have to go without adequate healthcare? But, before going running to our federal government to set things right for us…I’d check my premises.
Before asking government to be the solution to our “ills” (something at which they’ve proven to be very un-qualified), I’d first ask, “why are we in this position in the first place?”
I know how most politicians, how Michael Moore, and, unfortunately, how most Americans would answer: “The Free Enterprise System has let us down.”
The reason I know this is because I hear it constantly. I only wish that before people – especially those of high influence – would utter these conclusions; that they would first…yep, check their premises.
And that’s what we’ll do in the next installment. I hope you’ll join us.