There is a type of corporate entity that serves the public interest, rather than private. Memphis has some of them – one local credit bureau is an eleemosynary corporation, which they tell me means it is “for public benefit” but not necessarily non-profit. It should be possible to make health insurance go that route OR GO AWAY.
One editorial cartoon I saw last year during the fight over approving the new health care law summed it up well. It showed a very complicated chart with bunches of different sized and shaped boxes connected by arrows and labels and several members of Congress were arguing around it; meanwhile, nearby, a child had drawn a simple chart with Single Payer -> Government on it and was trying to get the adults’ attention to tell them they had made it too complicated. As the Good Book says, “And a child shall lead them.”
All those self-labeled conservatives who scream about Socialism need to understand that any form of insurance is either gambling (a sin in most conservative religions) or it is a form of private socialism, as in spreading the risk over a larger pool of people.
At times, it seems that all for-profit corporations above a certain size in America are in the business of Corporate Socialism, taking the profits privately but expecting the risks & the costs of their failures to be spread over the entire society. This aint “free market” anything, y’all!
Politics is the art of the compromise and sometimes compromises lead to failure, to poor deals, to complications that make the results not worth the effort to get them. Mandated insurance that still leaves some people uninsured is NOT health care reform — it is giving the insurance companies millions of new rate-payers and hoping the next Congress will not repeal the limits you placed on the insurance companies as their part of the bargain.
While that hope is audacious, I do not believe that is the Audacity of Hope that Candidate Obama referred to during his campaign — and this is NOT the sort of Change We Can Believe In.
What is needed is a rewrite based on some principles.
1) No one should have to go into bankruptcy because of medical bills.
2) No one should lose their life or significant bodily functions because of lack of access to health care (due to no insurance or otherwise).
If we can not create a system that delivers on these two principles, without unduly enriching Corporate Socialists, then America has truly lost its way and should stop calling itself the Greatest or #1 in anything.