Monday, July 03, 2017

accountability

A friend of mine wrote this on Facebook. I thought it was important to share.
"Interesting points from a Canadian author this morning, talking about the Canadian health care system and the decisions Canadians made to get them there. Essentially he said that there are trade-offs that must be made, and that Canadians decided they wanted health care for all, which means they couldn't have the most modern hospitals, the latest diagnostic tools, the most advanced drugs, etc. Essentially he said they settled for less than great health care to enable it to be given to everyone. 

"He said the problem in America today is that we aren't willing to have that conversation - some of us want health care for all, but we also want the best medical care available, the most advanced techniques and medicines, and we want it quick and responsive. Like a lot of economic decisions, to get to a solution you have to set priorities and make trade-offs. I think he's right.
"So, what are our trade-offs? If you believe health care is a right, are you willing to forego those MRIs and the latest cancer drug and a longer wait list for orthopedic surgery so that your fellow citizens can be covered?" 
He's right because we are encouraged not to consider the costs of anything. We want it all and figure borrowing will get us it-- without worrying about the cost. Politicians, both sides, are good at that game. Words are cheap-- accountability, not so much. That kind of thinking does not work for families and won't for government-- not in the long run. Let's be reasonable and figure out what we're willing to give up to get what we want. It is the responsible way to live.

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