In all the talk about government “taking care of” this person or that, there are almost never any objective facts presented. It’s all “I feel that…” and so on. When Obamacare started, nobody knew how many people didn’t have coverage of some sort, let alone how many didn’t have coverage because of preexisting conditions or, among those with preexisting conditions, how long they were without coverage.
It matters, because supposedly we have some 30 million now with no coverage. Has the number actually been lowered or has Obamacare simply shifted who has insurance and who doesn’t? Are there, for instance, more people with preexisting conditions that are now covered and fewer young people who can’t afford the exchanges? Nobody knows.
Nobody knows what will be covered under single payer or who will decide. The government doesn’t administer any programs now except VA. I know a man who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. There are treatments and he had them all. Cost a million dollars and he lived six months. Is the government going to pay for such things?
People with preexisting conditions must be given insurance after sixty days if an employer has a health plan. How many of the “preexisting” patients in the numbers are within the “no coverage window” and should we even count them in assessing the “need” for single payer?
I read today that the prime minister of Norway is greatly concerned that their welfare system is going to break down soon because there are too few births in Norway. Too many payees and not enough payers. Has anybody really assessed whether the U.S. can afford single payer and still pay, e.g., to keep the Russians out of Poland and the Chinese out of Taiwan?
Nobody knows. Or if they do, they don’t publish it.