Registered: Oct 2010
10-02-12 01:40 PM
Quote from AK Forty Seven:
Why exclude end of life spending ? What are the numbers if you include end of life spending ?
The reason I exclude it is because it isn't someone's fault they need a lot of care right at the end, it is just the natural consequence of old age, should one reach it. Personally, I would prefer that, rather than Medicare, that care be privately financed by individuals and families, but that view, although logical, is the minority view in a country where the majority often has its views enacted into law.
What I called for looking at is the rest of the spending, which is driven by lifestyle choices made by people who are irresponsible. When you exclude that spending, the US does just fine.
Basically, calls for "universal health care" that aren't accompanied by calls for "universal rational behavior" are moronic. Since you'll never get "universal rational behavior", there's no sense in "universal health care". The alternative is to have people's lives micromanaged like Bloomberg is trying to do in NYC. Since that level of micromanagement is unsustainable, I prefer to just not have "universal health care".