‘Universal health care’. They rallying cry of idealists and liberals everywhere. I respect the ideal, I really do. But I also recognize its impracticality, unlike most idealists. I recognize that when something is handed out for free, the availability is abused – something that proponents of a single-payer medical system refuse to acknowledge.
So what’s going to happen when a ‘universal’ health care system hits the US? Ask Massachusetts:
…The Patrick panel is considering one option to “exclude coverage of services of low priority/low value.” Another would “limit coverage to services that produce the highest value when considering both clinical effectiveness and cost.” (Guess who would determine what is high or low value? Not patients or doctors.) Yet another is “a limitation on the total amount of money available for health care services,” i.e., an overall spending cap.