In 2007, the U.S. spent $2.26 trillion on health care, or $7,439 per person. If you have four people in your household, your share is $29,756. If you wanted to spread the cost equally across everyone, every person in America would pay $620 per month or $2,480 per month for a family of four.
The politicians can Kabuki dance for the rest of their lives and the reality is that somebody is going to have to pay that $2.26 trillion tab. With all the talk, all the plans, all the rhetoric, all they are really discussing is how to divide up the $2.26 trillion. If you are young and healthy, you probably don’t want to spend $7,439 for health insurance each year. If you are sickly, you might think that is a fine deal. Still, the bill will have to be paid.
Currently, government programs directly cover 27.8% of the population or 83 million. If we add the 31 million who are currently uninsured to that population, that would make 114 million people who receive health care but don’t pay for it. That would mean that the other 189 million Americans would have to pay the whole tab. We are now up to $11,958 per person or $47,831. The share for your family of four would be $3,986 per month.
After half those people go bankrupt, the rest will have to pay twice as much and so on….
The bottom line is this. If everybody is forced into the same pool, a very few people will end up paying for the health care of all the others. There is no way around it.
During the Kabuki dance at Blair House today Tom Harkin and others read letters from constituents that told sob stories of the money they had to pay for their health care. Yep, we can all weep about the expense but nobody is talking about making it cheaper. All anybody is discussing is who is going to have to pay the bill.
Anybody can look at the national health care tab and realize that somebody has to pay. The somebody that everybody wants to pay the bill is “somebody else.” The subjects of the sob stories, frankly, want others to pay their bill for them. It is that simple: Everybody wants gold plated health care but nobody wants to pay. The real world doesn’t work that way.