Let me be clear, I don’t want affordable health care. I want health care. Affordable health care implies that when I need it, I have to reach into my wallet and pay for it, as I would do with an affordable lunch or affordable pair of shoes. Affordable health care implies that we are all on our own, in the market, and buying what we need with our own individual funds. That’s not what I want. I want health care.
I want health care in the same way that I want national security. I do not want affordable national security because I am not willing to put a price on our national security. I know it is not free. It will cost us all. We will pay for it with our taxes. I know that some of us are more at risk from foreign and domestic threats at one time or another and I do not expect those individuals to have to pay more for national security. We are all in this together.
It is the same with health care. I know that some of us are more at risk of injury or disease at one time or another and I do not expect those individuals to have to pay more for health care. We are all in this together. It does not matter to me if the threat to our health and safety is cancer, ISIS, diabetes, Aryan Nations, heart disease or Al-Qæda; they are all threats to our health and safety.
When our nation was under attack on 9/11, no one said “let’s find an affordable market solution to this”. No, we found a solution. Further, we did not look to the private sector for the solution, we looked to our government. It should be the same with health care.
To the naysayers who might jump in about how government can’t do anything right and market solutions are a panacea, let me remind them that Osama bin Laden is gone and the health care in the USA carries the highest cost in the developed world, with some of the worst results.
So, no thank you, I do not want affordable national security or affordable health care. I want national security and
I want health care.