Healthcare is a big topic for Americans. It can be hard to understand what either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party wants in terms of healthcare reform. We can look at the fundamental belief system of both parties, and we can look at the most common problems with healthcare that each side speaks about most often. But unfortunately, what politicians say and do is often contradictory. So many people don’t really know where either party stands in the healthcare debate.
Democrats, overall, want a large, strong, federal government. When it comes to healthcare they want it to be universal and run by the government. They say they feel Americans should be able to afford healthcare, so most Democrats supported the Affordable Healthcare Act, AKA Obamacare. The two biggest problems with the Democratic view is that their platform never mentions how affordable healthcare will be accomplished. And Democrats frequently ignore the fact they are giving themselves so much control.
Republicans say that they believe in a smaller government. But this is only half true. The GOP believes companies can provide better healthcare than they can. They are opposed to the mandate of Obamacare that required people to all have healthcare. Many people agree with this, since the ACA has not actually made healthcare affordable. However, Republicans’ hypocrisy about wanting small government is laughable. One example of this is their laws to prevent any kind of assisted suicide. Ending one’s own life is the ultimate freedom a person can have, but the GOP wants more control in this arena.
Also, Republicans say that the cost of universal health is more costly than the private system. However, the United States spent over $8,000 per patient, per capita on healthcare back in 2012, where a country such as Canada with universal health care spent half of this.
According to the Republican Party website, people should know what various healthcare services cost. “When patients are aware of costs, they are less likely to over-utilize services.” This is a classic contradiction. Yes, people should know what medical services cost before seeking them out. But the problem is not whether people should make informed decisions regarding healthcare or that they might be “over-utilizing” them.
The problem is how expensive those services are, and this issue existed long before the ACA was enacted. The GOP’s platform does nothing to support the fundamental aspects of ACA. They stand true to their ideals, with the thought that there should be less government in healthcare. They believe it’s probably your fault you’re sick — this is the top message on the GOP’s website: promoting “personal responsibility.”
The problem with the Democrats is they talk about a utopian world, but won’t do what it takes to achieve it. Dems say what most sensible people believe and/or want to hear, stating that “Americans should have the security that comes with good health care, no one should go broke because they get sick. We enacted landmark reforms that are already helping millions of Americans, and more benefits will come soon.” This doesn’t tell us anything useful. And all people do not have affordable coverage. It’s great that Democrats believe in the right things, but they have no idea how to make it happen. They are unwilling to go after the true problems such as insurance and big Pharma.
These are the major problems with healthcare between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans believe they shouldn’t do the job. And Democrats don’t know how to do it effectively.