And so this Saturday morning, everyone can rest assured. The nation's budget woes have once again been "settled" by the politicos in Washington, DC (at least, for the time being). Better yet, the problem-riddled rollout of Obamacare is going to be fixed.
(join in the chorus)
"Happy Days are Here Again, Those Happy Days are Here Again!"
Fix it all the Administration may want, the sad fact is that proponents of Obamacare did not give due consideration to what the future portends...a burden of debt that the next generation will bear due entirely to Obamacare's failed promises. If only the politicos in Washington, DC, had considered the British experience with a single-payer system, this experiment in egalitarianism would not have been implemented.
Heard this narrative derided before?
Well, here are a few facts that the proponents--on both sides of the aisle--have conveniently overlooked. According to Philip Klein's article in the Washington Examiner:
Founded in 1948 on the premise that health care should be made
available to all without charge, the National Health Service (NHS)
remains a tremendous source of national pride. In Britain, the NHS
is often described as the "envy of the world." A vast bureaucracy
boasting 1.7 million workers, it is the fifth-largest employer on the
planet, according to the BBC.
Though the NHS has been subject to an endless stream of
reorganizations and reforms over the decades whenever the
government has transferred power, no prime minister--not even
"Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher--has had the political will to make
fundamental changes. As Nigel Lawson, chancellor of the exchequer
under Thatcher, famously put it, "The NHS is the closest thing the
English have to a religion."
What have the British received for this massive national "investment" (aka, "tax") in healthcare? Klein responds:
- The NHS system that prides itself on creating equity by putting the needs of society as whole ahead of any given patient means in actual medical practice that the needs of individuals get lost in a sea of managers, administrative targets, and rationing decisions. (Forget the ever-increasing higher costs due to a bloated administrative structure, The Motley Monk asks: Are those the "Death Panels" Sarah Palin warned against?)
- The NHS budget more than tripled between 1997 (the first year of Tony Blair's Labor government) and 2013. (The Motley Monk asks: Wasn't Obamacare suppose to "bend down the cost curve"?)
- The NHS budget is approximately $160B. To put that into perspective, the NHS budget is nearly 17.7% of the British government's total spending and almost 300% of its defense budget. (The Motley Monk asks: Weren't the promises that healthcare costs would not spiral out of control?)
The simple truth is that Britain's experience with the NHS provides solid evidence that a single-payer system--government control of healthcare--inevitably increases costs and lends itself to ever-greater politicization of healthcare. Since 1948, these have been the constants in British politics because both major parties accept the basic principle of a single-payer system...as well they must, or else be voted out of office.
Over the past 65 years, a once "Great" Britain has devolved into a member of a European "Common" Union.
That outcome is looming just over the horizon for the United States of America.
It will have been all so very predictable.
Let the discussion begin...
To read Philip Klein's article, click on the following link:
"Health Emergency: On Eve of ObamaCare, Britain's NHS Needs Political Therapy."