Tilting at Health Care Windmills

Brenda Bee makes it clear than one need not be a health care wonk to see some pretty serious flaws in the system. Although she makes a common error when she states that the uninsured can’t afford health care coverage (my post on that subject can be found here), she asks an excellent question about Medicare’s most significant flaw:

If [in 1965] one-half of seniors had medical insurance then why did Congress feel it necessary to make health care FREE to ALL seniors? It made no sense to me then, and it makes less sense to me now.

If our masters in Washington could grasp this one issue and address it intelligently the amount of money saved would be stupendous. Alas, I fear it is not to be. I doubt that any policy maker has considered or will consider this issue, much less attempt to address it. The momentum seems to be in the direction of more government interference in the health care market.

Comments 4

  1. Brenda Bowers wrote:

    Thank you for this additional information which I was not aware of. I have posted the information on my other web sites. Brenda Bowers

    Posted 24 Feb 2007 at 8:17 am
  2. Brenda Bowers wrote:

    Thank you also for bringing my attention to your site as this health care debate is one I have often with my “Progressive” (we used to call them Liberals!) readers. BB

    Posted 24 Feb 2007 at 8:20 am
  3. Benneth Husted wrote:

    Where did you get the idea that Medicare is free? First, as employees we pay a Medicare tax. Next, seniors who have Medicare pay a monthly premium that is taken out of their Social Security checks. Then there are the deductibles and the copayments. It is far from free.

    Posted 28 Mar 2007 at 6:57 pm
  4. Catron wrote:

    Good point. I got so involved in her excellent observation about including all seniors (rich as well as poor) that I didn’t even notice the whole “free” thing. It’s my belief that a similar misconception is behind the popularity of “universal” health care. A lot of people seem to think that will be “free” as well.

    Posted 28 Mar 2007 at 8:48 pm

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