"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
I'm totally against universal health care for two important reasons. Number one being I don't want to be taxed 40% or more of my income like a lot of those countries do (Germany, New Zealand, etc). The cost of universal healthcare systems are astronomical. When doing something like that, doctors don't make as much money, and subsequently tend to not have large incentive to do the absolute best job possible, and therefore quality of care is lower. We have some of, if not the best medical care in the world. I know what you're going to say..."to those who can afford it". If they can't, that sucks, but it's not my problem. This is a free-market (sort of) economy, and I'm a true Darwinist. If you can't survive, thats your problem, not mine, afterall this isn't communism. Because someone is too lazy or too stupid to get a proper education, and thus must work a low-paying job, and that results in me having to pay more to cover them, I really have no sympathy. And before someone opens their mouth about "everyone isn't afforded the same opportunities", remind yourself that this is America and its not the 19th century. Numerous loans and grants are available, and there is no excuse for not even attending a community college. Thats why healthcare is so expensive: the ones who can pay are paying for those who can't (BS!). For what you pay to insurance, doctor's fees etc cover about 20%, and the insurance companies themselves take about 30%. The only way to make the situation better is to regulate the unchecked amount of money insurance companies are allowed to receive, and especially impose at least SOME control on the pharmaceutical industry. They don't even have to publicly report earnings, and its estimated that some companies make in the hundreds of billions. These companies spend about 10x more on advertising than on R&D and production combined. Something needs to be done about that first before the rest of the system can be fixed.
The second reason I'm against it is because of money. Doctors make a pretty decent living, but its decreasing every year. Why? We have one of the highest doctor to patient ratios of the developed nations. Our doctors are also disproportionately distributed (almost none in rural areas). Doctors salaries MUST be high, or else no one would do it. Instituting national health care would bring the average doctor's salary down to about 75k. The average debt after graduating med school is $160-200,000. After graduation, you are looking at 2-8 years of making only about $35k, barely enough to live in this godawful economy these days. Therefore, for the first year alone, with an interest rate of 8% (which if IIRC its more like 10-12%), you have to repay $14,000 just to not have interest accumulate. Also, think of the job a doctor is doing. Not only do most doctors consider a 40 hour work week "part time", since most work something like 80 hour weeks with no "overtime" compensation, but they are exposed to very hazardous conditions on a daily basis. If I am legally obligated to treat someone with HIV that in doing so, might result in my eventual death....I need a lot of money to do that or else I'll go find another job. The average physician has an IQ of about 130, and represents the top 2% of the brain power in the nation. If they don't get paid well for the awful conditions they work in, they'll just go get another job, and there will be even less doctors (and we clearly don't need that, even now). Would you accept a wage of say, $75,000 if you rarely got to see your family, were put in daily danger, had to sacrifice your 20s, etc? I sure as hell wouldn't. I really want to help people and develop new techniques/procedures etc to better the human condition, but if national healthcare is ever instituted, it won't be worth it. In a way I'm worried about it, but doctors do have a decent amount of political power, which seems to be slightly increasing. Even if they didn't, since the government can't force you to remain employed or force you to work a particular job (yet, lol), most doctors will quit. I think thats the reason national health care hasn't happened yet. Within a week of doctors quitting (which trust me, would happen), a pretty significant amount of people would be eliminated via various illnesses and conditions, and as atrocious as our government is, that's not something that they're going to want on their hands.
Sorry for the rant and the length of such, but I am getting increasingly furious listening to people who have absolutely no idea what they're talking about repeatedly spew forth these stupid (for lack of better word) ideas that doctors make too much money, and that national health care is a good idea (see social security hahahahahahahahahaha)
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I'm a UF student so if any of you guys want me to forward you the e-mails that the university president etc. sent us after the incident, just send me a pm.