Fast forward a few decades, and this country is now having the debate of free healthcare. Although I find this great, the pragmatic in me is asking for the plan. How? How are we going to implement free healthcare in our current political climate?
Many free healthcare dreamers have asked me, “Can’t we just ask Europe? How did they get free healthcare?”
The quick answer: World War II.
Winston Churchill enacted the NHS to help those wounded in the Axis bombings. When the war ended, the NHS was so popular Britain kept it. Germany, and other nations whose infrastructure was destroyed during the war built healthcare into their new government system. Free healthcare came to Europe out of necessity and lack of infrastructure. Unfortunately, we already have a health care infrastructure – insurance companies.
Insurance companies are one of the largest and most powerful industries in our country. In order for free healthcare to occur, we would need insurance companies to close their doors and lay off all their employees. Try telling that to Blue Cross, Aetna and other large companies. Seriously, how are we going to implement free healthcare when it is controlled by one of powerful industries. All I’m asking for is logistics, please.
Other free education advocates argued, “Well what about Canada and Australia? How do they have it?”
Easy answer: They do not have divisive, obstructionist governments.
A president doesn’t have supreme power. He can’t say, “There shall be free healthcare!” And let it be so. It must be passed through congress…yeah, the same congress that tried to repeal Obamacare how many times?
In order for us to even get close to making a run for free healthcare is if a democratic supermajority was elected to congress. Great. Get out and vote. Here’s the downside: Republican Gerrymandering and voter restrictions. Countries like Australia have mandatory voting. Here in the US, we are lucky if thirty percent of the population votes. Voting restrictions, redistricting, and low voter turnout means more government obstructionism, which means no free healthcare. Sorry.
Populist political revolutions are great, because it gets the voice of the people heard. We want free health care! Unfortunately progress is often seen in small steps. I get it. It’s frustrating especially when people are suffering, but we need to see the larger pictures and make systematic steps forward. We need to see the big picture...the large landscape to see how we can make a plan that will work. I don’t see that happening.
We can go full on Bolshevik and have a revolution French style. This will bring about immediate change, however I don’t see anyone advocating this type of revolution.
All I'm asking for is the plan. How?