Tuesday, January 5, 2010
One of the arguments for universal health care is that 25 or 30 million Americans don't have health insurance. One of the arguments against universal health care is that adding these Americans to the health care system will require additional hordes of doctors to administer to them. That's not even theoretically true. The uninsured have always had health care, just no insurance. They haven't stood outside the hospital, their noses pressed to the lobby picture windows, wishing they could go in and have an appendectomy. They just went to the emergency room, where treatment can't be refused, maybe got a bill for it, maybe paid it, maybe not. Chances are the treatment for whatever issue they may have had would have involved less expense than years of premiums for health insurance. No matter, the indigent will receive medical care and the rest will pay for it. Pictured above are the POTUS Obama and Nancy-Ann De Parle, Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Ms. DeParle has been managing director of a private equity firm, CCMP Capital, and a board member of companies like Boston Scientific, Cerner and Medco Health Solutions.