How A Cheesy British Thriller And American Cop Shows Have Influenced My Politics
I have never believed that a government-sponsored Universal Healthcare program is a good idea. The older I get the more I do think that having access to healthcare coverage independently of an employer makes sense, primarily because some of the folks in greatest need of healthcare are, by definition, unable to work. There should be a way for people who can't work to get insurance. I haven't thought through that mechanism yet, and am still working on it--although any ideas I come up with are not really of any consequence, seeing as how I'm a freelance writer and not A Person Of Great Power.
Steven at Cows & Graveyards asks some interesting questions about Universal Health Care, and I have to say that the questions do have merit.
But I cannot fathom what kind of a nasty world this would be if we had a governmentally-sponsored/run UHC program. The other night I was watching some thing I TiVo'd off BBCAmerica. A woman had been found dead in a dumpster and the key suspect was the husband of the main character. In the course of trying to identify the dead woman, the pathologist discovered the deceased's recent abortion. Something about the state of the uterus and cervix, I believe. Anyway, the investigators got a list of women in the area who had an abortion in the last four weeks prior to the girl's death. At one point the central character says "I thought this was confidential information" and she's told that it is. The unspoken thought is that catching a killer is more important than the privacy and confidential medical records of 85 London women.
Similar things happen on the various Law & Orders I watch. Take Perv Squad for instance. There's always someone deciding that private things like library records and doctor-patient/attorney-client priveledges are less important than figuring out who is looking at Kiddie Porn.
Now, personally, I am in favour of neither murder nor kiddie porn, but I really don't like the philosophy of setting aside certain 'inalienable' rights for the sake of expediency in a police investigation. I feel strongly that if we were to move to a UHC system, we'd be giving our government the keys to our domination. If they are paying for our medical treatment--in whole or in part--they will claim entitlement to our medical records. Is that information you want the government to have?