Jim DeMint and the Public Option
Jim DeMint takes on and takes out the notion of “the public option” in terms of American health care, tackling the then-still-living Senator Kennedy’s poorly-conceived ill-thought notion that public health-care, or an individual’s health is “in the public interest”.
Kennedy says the best way to guarantee universal access to quality care is “by giving Americans the option of enrolling in a public health-insurance plan, where coverage is provided in the public interest” (emphasis added). There’s only one problem: Health care isn’t public; it’s personal and private. It can’t be provided in the public interest for the simple reason that no doctor has ever cared for “the public.” Doctors care for patients. And health care, under any recognizable definition, can be provided only in the patient’s interest.
So for the government the definition between the individual and the collective in regards to rights and benefits as well as detriments and denials may well be blurred.
Never mind that I have never adequately explored my view of how private health care as a system of intersecting businesses with customers, patients, and a service industry… I’ll do that later. Essentially though “government health care” or “universal health care” involves to some degree the United States government taking over something that already exists, and involving themselves in a sector of life where various individuals’ already have established interests.