Mrs. Happy Housewife - Why Michael Moore is a Sicko -
Contra By Retro Housewife
It is easy to criticize Michael Moore for his left leaning agenda, but the points he makes in the movie Sicko, are worth considering. The reality is that the health care system in the United States is absurd, ineffective, far too expensive and basically a luxury good.
Companies are making money hand over fist and people are dying and going without medical care while CEOs of "health care" companies earn compensation in the millions. They earn this compensation by denying services they have agreed to provide in the first place.
I personally would like to see a system where every American citizen had access to medical care. I believe that is the moral thing to do. That was my bleeding heart liberal part of the argument.
I would also like to see a system where every American contributed to the costs of providing medical care. How much each person contributes, I will leave up to the politicians to debate, but health care insurance should be mandatory. Why? Because everybody ends up using the health care system at one time or another, but not everybody pays for it.
Just check out the emergency room waiting room at any hospital in the country. Most people occupying the chairs are not on the verge of death, rather they have no insurance and use the emergency room as their regular doctor.
Think that doesn't contribute to the high cost of health care?
If you look at our current system through the eyes of an economically minded sort, you should wonder what extra administrative costs are built in by having each medical provider maintain their own set of records, and each health care provider i.e. doctor trying to navigate numerous billing systems, policy plans, exclusions etc. Does that sound efficient?
Also, it is incredibly stupid to tie health care to your place of employment. You lose your job, you lose your health care. Double whammy. Sure you can go buy insurance yourself, but then you run into all of those "pre-existing condition" exclusions. So we have diabetics interrupt their treatment while they look for a new job? Or maybe we make them sell their house to pay for medical care. Suddenly, losing a job has just gone from a setback, to a major disaster.
Have you ever stopped to consider what the costs are from such instability in society? They're huge. I am not a huge fan of government involvement, and if you have a viable alternative I would love to hear it.
You say "Socialism and socialized medicine are just a way for the Government to play Mommy to take care of us and protect us from ourselves." In this case, it is protection from the current system that you require. You have health insurance you say? Just wait until you need it someday only to find out you are for some reason not covered, or the treatment you need is denied. What then? Maybe you have lots of money and could pay for treatment yourself. Maybe you would sell your house. That is just the sort of stress you need when trying to combat serious illness.
And in case you consider yourself an Erin Brokovich type, try fighting for justice while you have cancer or some other horrid illness. In reality what will happen is that you will just "go away". See, dead people don't complain much.