Ultimately, somebody has to pay the bill

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.

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6 Responses to Ultimately, somebody has to pay the bill

  1. JCT says:

    But what if I used my credit card to pay…and then switched that bill to another credit card the next month…and then switched the bill to another credit card the next month.

    As long as I can get a credit card I can keep switching. And if I can’t, well wouldn’t I just leave the bill to the credit card company?

    Scary Barry. Dumb as a rock Barak. Yo’ mama Obama. This stuff is too much beyond the pale.

    Ultimately, let’s go cover the rest of the world and leave the Chinese with the final bill. Don’t all the people of the world have the RIGHT to adequate health care insurance? Oops, forgot that most of the world can only dream of what we have available in the US. Oops, forgot that the US economy is bigger than the next four economies put together. Oops, forgot that President Obama has never run a business or any organization aside from community organizing.

  2. van-a-gram says:

    Obama = Gozer the Gozarian, the Destroyer, the Traveler.

    Reid = Vinz Clortho, the KeyMaster

    Pelosi = Zuul, The GateKeeper.

    It will be how history remembers them all.

    (and yes, I had to look those up…my dweeb factor hasn’t quite climbed high enough to cite them from memory….)

  3. notamobster says:

    What happens when a degenerate gambler stiffs a casino on a debt (back when the mob was the face of gaming)?

    The casino collects… one way or another. When we stiff the Chinese, do they come and try to collect from our collective ass, or does the fact that our nukes are paid for keep us safe?

    Eventually this house of cards will default and the foreclosure will proceed. This level of profligate spending cannot be sustained. The reprobates are counting on being long gone by the time it crumbles.

    I just hope there are enough good folks, with a good memory left when it happens.

  4. LittyTimmy says:

    Some of my friends say I’m a pessimist. But the way I see it, we have one, maybe two elections cycles before financial calamity. If healthcare “reform” passes, it will only speed up the US going broke. I have my hopes that Republican victories in the next two elections would turn the tide. But honestly, I don’t know they have the backbone to do what is needed: close agencies, layoff federal workers, trim entitlement programs…

  5. UNRR says:

    This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 2/26/2010, at The Unreligious Right

  6. Shawn says:

    Pelosi only WISHES she was as hot as Zuul. She’s closer to one of those “dogs” someone brought to the party, assuming they can develop anorexia.