A Healthcare Conversation
I was speaking with a friend the other day who spent some time in Rome recently. He struck up a conversation with a “local” who had on a Texas Rangers baseball cap. The “hat” man was a very successful professional whose business brought him to the states several times a year.
They spoke for quite awhile. The “hat” man commented that it must be great in America right now, since everyone was finally going to get universal healthcare and would no longer have to go without it. The “hat” man commented on how great their system was.
My friend said that we already have universal healthcare, and that in fact we already have laws in place that require hospitals to treat anyone who comes in with an illness. This comment stunned the “hat” man. He was basically under the impression that sick people without money were just out of luck in the United States.
My friend asked the “hat” man how the government-provided healthcare was working for him. He said he didn’t use it because he had private insurance instead. Now they were both stunned!
Funny how the media and governments of two different countries speak the same mistruths. I thought everyone in Europe got “free” healthcare and there was no need for private insurance. I mean, why would you need private insurance if the “free,” government-provided healthcare is so great? And, of course, the fact that many Europeans believe that millions of Americans are just dying on the hospital steps because they can’t afford treatment.
Could the real answer be that governments understand that the more people who depend on them for their needs, and the more money they get because more people depend on them for their needs, just solidifies their position of power? Hmmmm.