What we can learn to avoid from Socialist Obamacare
Socialism is a copout, as we all know. The free market should be what defines our options in this world – and never was there a greater champion of this idea than the capitalists of America. But recently, US President Barack Obama has forced the acceptance of a universal health care option.
This is going to bloat their already endangered government, despite the fact that it will create number of jobs in the healthcare and nursing fields. The current state of New Zealand’s healthcare system is woeful – the public is forced to pay for what the private sector should be able to provide. Sure, there are private clinics at the moment if your wait time is too long in the national system, but the burden this places on taxpayers who have no need for public medicine is incredible.
Think of the number of jobs that could be created by privatizing our entire system, the way the United States has always done. I’ve always been in favor of job creation, especially in the healthcare field – nurses are some of the most diligent workers that exist in any field, whether they’re a certified nurses aide or a psychiatric nurse practitioner. We end up hurting the public by making them wait, in some cases, years to get a simple echo that could be done within a week by a private healthcare provider. The main argument, though, is about job creation. Socialized medicine provides some health nursing jobs, absolutely, but they are all at the taxpayers expense. As everyone wants a sweet cushy government job that it’s impossible to get fired from, we wind up with bad nurses who don’t care about their patients. Not all of them operate that way, but enough of them do that it’s noticeable in the system. I’m not talking about them having a bad day, but consistently poor care – especially among nursing staff – is an epidemic. Many of these nurses would have been fired if they worked for a private contractor, which would increase the demand for qualified nurses, and increase the pay for all of them. Do you know what the average salary of a nurse practitioneris? Far, far more than it should be, for the level of care they’re providing – and all at the taxpayers expense!
Just because we can now accept private care as an option doesn’t fix the system, however. The way these problems begin cause a spillover effect from the public to the private sector, causing a flood of underqualified and undermotivated nursing staff.