Medicare and the American mistake
While rising costs in healthcare are becoming a serious burden to European governments who pick up the bill for their citizens health, the fear of electoral suicide prevents them from considering any form of private sector involvement. The provision of healthcare, free at the point of delivery is the hottest potato in politics, politicians know their very careers could be destroyed if discovered harbouring thoughts of privatization.
With rising costs in healthcare consuming so much of the national budget, it’s easy to see why European politicians, who have to find the funds, would like to bring in some form of privatisation. With people living longer and new types of treatment becoming ever more expensive, experimenting with private sector skills must be a temptation to governments who, struggling with costs, still have to guarantee services or face certain defeat at the polls.
If any other service were in a similar situation the government could simply hire out part of the running to private contractors. It’s not so straight forward with the health service. The public have deep reservations about the suitability of private enterprise in the care of the sick; people’s health, in the eyes of the public, is far more important than profit.
Obama has done everything in his power.
It’s up to the American people to take the next step.