Single Payor Health Care – or Government run health care (to the exclusion of “private medical insurance”) is the heath insurance system where the government picks your dotor (and your doctor is employed by the Government), and your hospital (which is a Government owned and operated business – just like the Post Office or IRS), the Government sets limits on how much care you can receive and when you can receive it. It is a system with ever increasing costs and an ever decerasing quality of care ……. a system where patients are denied care when they need it most … a system where medical decisions are based on who you are and how badly underbudgeted the politicians leave the system on a month to month basis ………
Currently 88% of all American CITIZENS have health care insurance. Of the 12% that do not have health insurance, over half refuse to purchase available coverage – most of those are young (18-25) who believe spending the money on health care is foolish as they are “healthy” – a purely personal choice. This Group represents approxiamtely 18 million people. There are others in our society who prefer to spend the money on other items like alcohol, ciagarettes, pot, (only when they can’t get a prescription for medical marijuanna filled at taxpayer expense), coke of meth, again a personal decision.
Only 6% of Americans use illegal drugs (approximately 18 million Americans), http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/demand/speakout/speaking_out-may03.pdf, but that 6% is a disportionate number of the 12% who do not currently have health coverage, repesenting almost 45% of the uninsured. The number of people (12 years old and older)who use illegal drugs in American has declined from a high of 14% in 1979 to slightly under 6% today. http://www.coopercenter.org/civic/sitefiles/pdfs/illegal%20drugs..pdf
Another large block of uninsured individuals can be found in the US prison system – 6.7 million to be exact. http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/censusstatistic/a/aainjail.htm It is dishonest for the “single payor” adovates to count these individuals in the ranks of the unisured, as they already benefit from taxpayer paid health care, health care in one of its most expensive forms. California alone spends almost $3 Billion a year in health care in its prison system. No one will argue that prison inmates receive superior health care treatment, but that is certainly what taxpayers are footing the bill for ….. In the Federal Prison System the Government spends $4,412 a year per inmate, almost 150% more than the cost of the average health insurance policy premium in the US. http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/reports/BOP/a0808/final.pdf Is this the model we should adopt?
An additional problem with health care is the conitnued influx of illegal aleins into tthe US and the resulting cost to American Taxpayers. Did you know that there were an estimated 2.2 Million illegal immigrants in California in 2000. By 2004 the number had grown to 3 million. http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/12/06/news/top_stories/19_56_5812_5_04.txt By some estimates that number has now grown to more than 5 million in California ( 2million in Los Angeles County alone http://www.aei.org/article/22472). The total number of illegal immigrants in the US was approximated at 11 million in 2005 http://www.aei.org/article/22472 and is now estimated at more than 20 Million. In 2003 the State of Cailfornia acknowledged that at least 750,000 illegals were enrolled and receiving Medi-Cal (California’s equivalent of Medicaid) at taxpayer expense, not just the expense of California taxpayers, but all US taxpayers as Federal funds are requested to make up for the State shortfalls. It is now estimated that there are at least 2.3 million illegals on on the Medi-Cal rolls in California. http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/12/26/170334.shtml In 2000 this largesse cost the US taxpayers over $1,000,000,000 ($1 Billion) for health care in California alone. The 20 million illegals in this country may account for 1/2 of the uninsured “living in the US” in 2009. Listen to the claims of how many “unisured” there are in the US carefully, does the person say “uninsured citizens” or just “the uninsured” living in the US.
Did you know that when Sacramento County in California tried to eliminate paying for non emergency, non-essential, health care for illegal aliens (paid for by US taxpayers) a law suit was filed. That is right, the same type of medical care every American is expected to pay for ….. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2009/feb/county-cuts-free-illegal-alien-health-care
Obama’s current sales pitch is simply dishonest – listen below to his comments to his Union supporters (Obama has had to change his tactics, not even Union members, who have excellent health care coverage, support the “single payor operation” planned by Obama).
Isn’t Obama calling for an end to UAW Health Insurance Programs? What will replace them – Government Run Health Care?
You can count on one thing – with single payor health care only the wealthy and the politicians in their employ will enjoy the quality of medical care currently available to the vast majority of Americans.
Say goodbye to your freedom, your health and your money ….. Why do the Democrats insist that illegal immigrats receive free medical care at American Taxpayer expense?
For some additional examples of the burden placed on the US health system by uninsured illegals see: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77833,00.html , http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3827/is_200208/ai_n9125198/, http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2003/jan03/03-01-29.shtml, http://www.steinreport.com/archives/2009_04_13.html , http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37834 http://www.minnesotamajority.org/TheIssues/IllegalAliens/tabid/113/Default.aspx