The progressive platform is really leaning into the fight for universal health care. As the fight intensifies, you hear them talk less and less about policy and numbers. Instead, they focus on what “feels right.” It’s a classic tactic used by people who don’t have strong arguments.
The push for universal health care is a legitimate threat to the United States as a whole. If the progressives win this fight, our country will be in very serious trouble. To understand why, you simply need to observe single-payer systems around the world.
The left is very careful in how they discuss socialized healthcare systems. They like to pick and choose which programs they bring into the conversation, and when they do, they only talk about certain aspects of the program. You’ll hear that Cubans like their health care more than Americans do, but you won’t hear that Cuba has dramatically higher mortality rates in their system than we do.
Some who are uninitiated on the left will make mistakes. They’ll talk too much about Canadian health care and allow you to point out that it has massive problems with wait times. It’s why the pundits avoid talking about the Canadian system for the most part.
They don’t want to acknowledge that some Canadian provinces are in deep legal battles with their citizens. The citizens want private opt outs so they have a chance to treat a health problem with less than a year of waiting.
The UK is another system you hear a lot less about. The rationing of care in the UK has been downright deadly, and the left doesn’t want you knowing that.
Instead, they’ll try to focus on Sweden. Swedish wait times are still 5 to 50 times longer than U.S. averages, but a healthcare system that only serves 10 million citizens has smaller logistical problems than most.
That’s why you aren’t going to hear the truth about the UK system from mainstream outlets. You see, news has recently leaked that the UK is facing a deadly shortage of doctors. It’s so bad that the entire system is on the verge of collapse.
Let’s look at some numbers. Back in 2013, the UK saw some new clinics open and some old clinics close (the Brits call them surgeries). The net change was a loss of 18 surgeries. You never want to see that number go down, but 18 is a manageable number. It didn’t leave the masses without doctors.
Over the past five years, that rate of closure has accelerated dramatically. Last year, over 180 surgeries closed. The five-year loss has nearly reached 500.
Keep in mind that each surgery employs multiple doctors. This loss of primary care has led to a vacancy of over 11,000 physician positions. That’s a huge shortage that has left just shy of 2 million Brits with no primary care provider.
Keep in mind that the UK isn’t exactly a massive country. In the last 5 years, roughly 3 percent of the entire population has lost access to primary care just from doctor shortages. That’s a pretty big problem.
The Doctor Exodus
Why are the doctors leaving? It’s pretty simple: the system is failing. For starters, UK doctors are over-regulated. Since the UK’s health system is nationalized, the government dictates how doctors provide care. It’s extremely frustrating, and many can’t ethically work in a system where bureaucrats prevent doctors from doing right by patients.
The bigger problem is more obvious. Doctors are taxed into oblivion. You see, the UK pays for its national health care by taxing the wealthy. That should sound familiar.
This tax on the wealthy ends up targeting doctors (it’s a lucrative job in Europe too). But, unlike American taxes, paying for the UK system requires them to avoid a marginal system that limits the tax scaling.
If a UK doctor earns more than £150,000, they can be subjected to a total tax rate of up to 45 percent. So, if they find they’re pushing that number, they cut their own hours to avoid the massive tax hike. They literally save money by working less. The result is a national healthcare shortage.
The UK is basically using the plan touted by Bernie Sanders. It’s failing so badly that Brits are worried that they’ll have to completely overhaul their system over the next few years.
Now, imagine if you applied that failure to a nation for 300 million instead of 60 million. The result would be lots and lots of dead Americans. That’s the progressive ideal.