A would-be health care debate was whittled down to basically a one-candidate question-and-answer session Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Nancy Boyda, who is running for the Kansas 2nd District congressional seat, was the only candidate to show, disappointing dozens at the hospital hoping to hear health care perspectives from all four local congressional candidates.
Republican Rep. Jim Ryun, the 2nd District incumbent, and Chuck Ahner, Republican 3rd District candidate, couldn?t attend the event. ?
Boyda was joined by state Sen. Marci Francisco, a Lawrence Democrat, who attended for 3rd District Rep. Dennis Moore.
The ideas Boyda offered are basically reasonable, though I actually doubt that this is true:
Boyda was clear that the answer to providing all Americans with affordable or free health care shouldn?t come solely from federal dollars. That kind of program wouldn?t offer people enough choices in health care, she said.
When asked where the funding for universal health care might come from, she responded that there were several solutions, but she wouldn?t approve of any particular one.
?There are all different forms of universal health care,? Boyda said.
Sure, but that really misses the point. Let’s look at what California is up to.
Nathan Newman points out:
In a move that’s getting remarkably little national media, the California Assembly voted for a bill, SB 840, that would provide health care to all state residents under a government-run universal health insurance system, joining the state Senate which enacted a similar bill last year. ?
By eliminating the administrative overhead of multiple state, federal and private programs, an analysis by the independent Lewin Group estimated that the state could save $8 billion per year overall in the state that could be used to finance universal coverage.
The under-reported secret of government health insurance is that it’s cheaper than private insurance. Canada is successfully stealing factories from the US because it’s cheaper, even with taxes and all, to hire workers in a nation with national health care.
How will we pay for universal health care? The answer is that we’ll spend less money than we spend now to care for more people. How we get the money from patients to doctors is a matter for implementation. My wallet doesn’t know the difference between paying an insurance company, a tax bill or a doctor, so obsessing about whether we’ll be raising taxes is just not relevant. We’ll spend less money and get more for it.