Friday, April 8, 2011

Health Care Agitprop (Part 1)

One of the things that constantly infuriates me is the coverage generated by the debate over healthcare, ObamaCare specifically. While in a perfect world, everyone would be happy not have to worry about anything, let alone their health insurance, but this isn't the case. The idea that everyone is entitled to be taken care of by the government at no expense (to them) is pretty unrealistic. Even socialized healthcare has its own issues and costs associated with it, but I won't get into that today.

One of the main objections to the capitalist system in the US is that the "capitalist" market has failed to deliver adequate health insurance at a reasonable cost. This is flawed reasoning because there isn't a truly capitalist market in the US, since at least World War 2. Healthcare is one of the most non-competitive industries in the country, if not the most. The protections in the healthcare industry run so deep, it would take an overhaul of the entire system to achieve a competitive marketplace. The odds of this happening are very slim due to the insurance provider's lobby squashing any chance of passing legislation that isn't heavily in their favor. Hell, they worked with Obama to get this travesty passed.