Today I saw a television ad sponsored by the insurance industry warning against the evils of a government controlled health care system. I think they hired the same actors who appear in ads for various cheap kitchen appliances. You know, the ones who who make a mess out of everything because they can’t flip an egg, cut a carrot or peel a potato. Their sorrowful, helpless and pained faces were underlined by headlines reading Denied Benefits, Denied Medications, Forced to WAIT for Surgery, as symptomatic of how national health care systems always work.
The curious thing is that a lot of people who for years have whipsawed by avaricious health insurance companies, or who have been denied legitimate benefits, or denied any insurance, or cannot afford insurance, will still believe an ad like that and go ballistic over the possibility that their freedom of choice about their own health care is under attack.
I’d like to see a national single payer system offered in competition with the insurance industry. Of course it would mean higher unemployment among insurance executives, as well as loss of ad revenue for the media. On the other hand, out of work insurance people would have access to decent health care. I don’t hold out much hope for that happening. Congress does not have the backbone and will cave under the lobbying onslaught of the industry.