reply to post by Xcathdra
This is going to become very interesting to watch as a bystander.
Whatever people might say, although from personal experience, I believe single-payer system to be the most effective healthcare system, simply due to
the inexistance of middle men (insurance companies). The current productivity loss of people, who are not able to pay for their healthcare, will cost
the country billions in long-term. We must also not forget that US is already spending more on healthcare per capita than any other nation in the
world. (I have never gotten exactly how it works, but it is true). Despite similar costs of living, other nations are able to spend 2-3 times less on
healthcare, while everybody receives full coverage for their taxes and there are more doctors/more hospital spots per capta, while in US despite the
high costs from government budget, still people have to pay extreme amounts. At least in my eyes, that shows how rigged and inflated the system is
from the reality. The middlemen/corporations are driving the costs up and the losers are innocent people, who can not treat themselves due to too many
people besides doctors and essential hospital staff wanting their share.
Whether you like to admit or not, compared to rest of the advanced nation, the healthcare system was a joke before the healthcare reform.
Seeing all the issues happening, it is very hard to predict what is going to happen in the near future. Single-payer system is one of the
possibilities definitely, especially when seeing this particular move. I personally would not be surprised, if long-term the healthcare reform made
during Obama administration will turn out positive and create a positive legacy for Obama.
People do not remember the beginning of different reforms in history, what matters is the final results. The system might extremely messed up for a
couple, even three-four years, but if it starts working then and better than the previous one, it will be remembered as positive reform.
When being realistic, it is naive expecting such a large-scale reform to start working well immediately, especially considering the size of US. I have
yet to hear of even smaller reforms in other much smaller countries than US, which started working well immediately. First months are always the
worst, people panicking, media making it seem even worse, doomsayers doing their usual work, after some period , usually year-two, sometimes even
more, it is possible to see that actual long-term results of the reforms and so far, the doomsayers have never been right, at least on the reforms I
have personally witnessed and there are many