Universal Health Care
I agree that we should have universal health care as opposed to the patchwork system we have now. But here are the three huge issues that I think are being ignored in the current proposals.
1. We need to come up with a rational, fair system to compensate victims of poor health care. The current legal system is horribly ineffecient, results in massive amounts of defensive medicine being practiced at a huge cost and does not get the money quickly to the victims. A simple no-fault system funded by the medical profession iin lieu of malpractice insurance could be used to quickly compensate victims. A panel of experts could hear cases and provide compensaton based upon established guidelines.
2. We have to realize that there will have to be some rationing of care. It is impossible to do everything for everybody. I don't know what the exact statistics are, but a huge portion of healthcare spending occurs over the last six months of everyone's life. I know this is hugely controversial, but we have to make rational decisions. With a finite pool of dollars, we ought to focus on those people who can derive the greatest benefit from the care.
3. This is an enormously complicated and divisive topic. By trying to rush something through in a matter of months we are going to end up with a bad new law. I'd appoint a panel of experts to study this over the next six months and have them propose a new bill next spring, which can be debated over the next six months. This is too important a matter to be handled in the current way.