During an interview with Steve Horn, Rocky boldy stated the following concerning our current healthcare debate:
Although the Obama plan addresses some of the very serious problems, all in all, it perpetuates the injustice and incredible expense and inefficiency of a health care system that will continue to fail many millions of people in this country.
I would like to see this nation start over by addressing what’s truly in the public interest, taking the best elements of other systems that are working well for people throughout the industrialized world and not allowing the corrupting influence of money from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries control the result. Most of us in this country know that the reason why we have such an obscene, unjust, expensive health care system: all you have to do is follow the money. The public’s interests have been shafted while the insurance companies end up in an even better situation than they were before, with a mandate that everybody in this country buy their perverse products.
The Obama plan even allows up to 20% of what they call “administrative costs,” which is not only the paper work and paying for people whose job it is to figure out ways to deny people coverage, but also shareholder returns on investments and enormous salaries and bonuses to not only the executives, but also the people who sell these products. The Obama plan sets aside up to 20% for that, when the administrative costs in many industrialized nations are in the 2-5% range. So, the Obama plan guarantees still millions of people without any coverage, all on the basis of whether people can afford it or not, and also allows for this enormous waste in our system that’s not experienced in other countries.
Furthermore, providing health care in a single-payer system is complicated and fraught with thorny issues. I would like to hear how Anderson will deal with them. For instance, how do we establish what the appropriate level of coverage and care will be from resources which will always be limited; how do we deal with individuals whose unhealthy life choices overburden the system; how do we decide the point at which treatment will cease in situations which are clearly terminal? Etc.
We all know Obama’s plan falls short and a capitalist framework is inappropriate for providing health care. Even Romney supporters believe this (after all, Obamacare is Romneycare in a new suit.) Don’t flog a dead horse. Instead, ride into town on a white charger, with a bold plan that will get people exciting and talking.