I’ve worked in healthcare since 1978 in public health, research, clinical, education and industry roles. And I can’t tell you what healthcare is.
To my wife, it’s massage and things that smell nice. To others, it’s Reiki, or heterodox nutrition. Some debate that vaccines are bad medicine, but marijuana is great healthcare. And they have convincing arguments.
Is gender-reassignment, or voodoo healthcare too? I don’t know.
I think cardiovascular science and technology is really cool stuff, it’s my specialty, and I think it should qualify as healthcare. But as for everything else? I can’t even give you a clean definition of “health.” And I’ve been in the business my whole life.
Politicians sure think they know all about it. And by the Election Day polling numbers, well-over 90% of us believe and trust that politicians should control …everything.
But after the more than 100 years the unionized AMA has wielded political monopoly power, the 80 years of taxpayer subsidized health insurance, 60 years of socialized health, education and welfare, and the almost 50 years of even more directly socialized healthcare in the form of our rapidly swelling Medicare system, I’m appalled that we think we want more politics in healthcare. I’m disgusted that we’ve been lead to believe that health insurance is what we want when that is often antithetical to healthcare. And I’m embarrassed that We The People haven’t seen a better way to live that’s always been right before us.
In every field of science, technology and plain old merchandise that isn’t so political, costs decrease while quality, efficacy and availability increases with every new advance. Luxuries of yesterday like cellphones and personal computers are now ubiquitous and powerful necessities.
The in-your-face availability and range of price/quality in shoes, coffee, kitchen gadgets and even things like used magazines and historical wristwatch reproductions has become amazing in a relative freedom from political control.
There’ve been innumerable healthcare advances in the last century that would’ve made healthcare cheap, effective, and easily available to all…if not for all the politics that’s been creeping in since Teddy Roosevelt’s time.
Politicians have already made everything related to medicine unfair, complicated, ever-changing, severely limited, and ghastly expensive.
And they’re not done yet.
However, none of the preceding is any part of my main objection to more politics in healthcare.
I’ll let others quibble over whether politicians will finally be able to keep a promise, or make something work at all as advertised.
The real problem, whenever we rub that genie’s lamp of politics, is corruption, and calamity.
Everything government does, it does by force. Politics can’t do anything without at least the threat of fines, taxes, courts, guns and prisons.
It’s easy to dream that this kind of force can be used for good. But the usual reality, as evidenced by all of human history, is a scale and degree of injustice and death that only politics can achieve.
Power is of course a seduction for those who’d wield it. But it’s just as attractive to those who can simply buy the portion of such power as suits their purposes.
And make no mistake. All power is for sale.
Whenever politicians are allowed to steal a new power, there’s a new industry in lobbying for the use of that power. We can see how that lobby has worked for the military industrialists and bankers, and we should see what it has done to our health, education and welfare as well.
Adding more power to government, with more snooping into things that are more personal than ever before possible, only makes the resulting corruption more dangerous.
Hitler’s infamous “T4” eugenics/euthanasia program under Germany’s socialized healthcare system certainly demonstrated one hazard in giving politicians so much power over life. But think about what we already know of our own government; what they’ve admitted to from the past (testing plutonium on school kids, syphilis experiments on black men, experiments on soldiers), and what they’ve been forced to admit recently about their spying, militarization and deceit. Think hard about how much more secretive, powerful and deceitful we know our government to be now than ever before; and just what such a government is capable of doing with the actual coding in our cells.
And changing the role of healthcare workers from healers to government agents who’ll give to politicians everything from your DNA to your intimate personal and family details, will, over time, change the sort of people who’d seek out such a career.
You really shouldn’t want that to happen.
We The People have exactly and only what we have freely and repetitiously chosen not just every every day we sigh, and yield to what we know is wrong and isn’t working; but also every Election Day.
Elections were meant to be a means of peaceful revolution. We’d better finally use them for that purpose, because the power over our bodies we’re granting to politicians now will have no good end, unless that end is determined by our change of heart and mind.