Friday, August 16, 2013
Missing the obvious
A couple of nights back John Oliver had Rand Paul on the show. The good doctor seemed oh so calm and reasonable. He too, wants everybody to get health care and for it to be more affordable. But Obamacare isn't the way to achieve that.
No, the way to achieve universal, affordable health care is to make the patients pay for it. Dr. Paul has observed that procedures that aren't generally covered by insurance, such as laser vision correction, have come down in price. So if we just make everybody pay for everything, it will all get cheap, and we can all afford it!
Now, I could explain why this is complete bullshit, but I'm tired of doing that. The biggest challenge of blogging is that you keep writing the same post, over and over. So instead I'll just ask, WTF is wrong with John Oliver?
Having grown up in the land of the bowler and bumbershoot, Oliver presumably noticed some surprising facts about his surroundings:
1) Nobody has to pay one penny for health care, ever. (Some well-off people do pay for extra stuff they happen to want. That's allowed! Libertarian paradise!)
2) It costs half as much as it does in the U.S.
3) Everybody gets it, not a problem.
4) The people live longer, and they are healthier, than they are in the United States.
Now, one could go to the trouble of explaining this, but failing that, one could simply point it out. Nahh, not worth it. It's not a joke.