Make U.S. health care a basic human right

OlympiaJanuary 11, 2014 

The Democrats were in complete control when they rejected national health care insurance and adopted Obamacare instead. The most compelling argument for national health care insurance is simply cost effectiveness. Exclusion of private insurance and advertising companies (and the IRS) from the process would have saved the American people at least $150 billion every year.

It is time for any objective observer to conclude that Obamacare is not going to work. It must be replaced with national health care insurance, including removal of the obligation from both employers and employees (private and public sectors, including education).

This would be a tremendous new and sustainable economic stimulus. The resultant increase in tax revenues would fund a significant part of the new program.

In addition, billions of dollars would be converted from tax deductions to taxable income by elimination of medical expenses, including insurance. Tax deductions that primarily benefit affluent people could also be eliminated.

For example, only in America do you get tax deductions for a second home that can be a yacht, luxury condo or 3 mpg motor home.

If the economic arguments fail to convince you, then consider the 2009 study by the Harvard Medical School that concluded that 45,000 Americans die prematurely every year due to a lack of adequate health care. Obamacare (as well as all Republican alternatives) does not have any chance of putting a significant dent in this number.

Health care must become a basic human right for all Americans.

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