Back in September 2009, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terrence Wall opined, “We have the best health care system in the world,” in reference to the American health care system, and while the American health care system certainly isn’t terrible, it’s far from perfect. Putting aside the millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance coverage – and therefore don’t benefit from the system – there’s also the issue of skyrocketing health insurance premiums. I’ve already noted the effort by Anthem Blue Cross to jack health insurance rates up by 39% in California, and here in Wisconsin (and 13 other states) Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross, is implementing double-digit rate hikes. The fact is, our health care system isn’t fine as it is; it’s in need of some serious fine-tuning.
Oh, and someone ought to tell Terrence Wall that while the statement “‘Health care for all’ is really rationed health care” makes for a great talking point, we don’t need a “government takeover” of our health care system to have rationed care – we’re already there. While Terrence Wall and his fellow conservatives are fond of the “government bureaucrat making your health care decisions” bogeyman, our current system isn’t much different, with the exception that the bureaucrat making your health care decisions now works for a private insurance company and isn’t motivated by what’s best for the policyholder, but rather what’s best for the insurance company’s bottom line.