In the realm of politics today and especially within the context of health care two words dominate, free and affordable. Apparently, if it is not free, it is not affordable. Moreover, it is only made affordable by having government subsidize the unaffordable, but actual price.
Immunizations for children will be provided “free” within a health benefits plan, that is, free to the person obtaining the service except that the cost of that free service is borne by everyone through their premiums, include the person obtaining the service. Outside of the world of politics that is not free.
On the other hand, the cost of immunization may well be affordable in total and certainly, when one is paying only 20% of the cost, except in the world of politics. Twenty percent of something is more affordable if the total cost is more affordable, but our attention is directed elsewhere because making the total cost affordable involves too many people and that would be too obvious.
My new house is more affordable because Americans have contributed to the cost, my new car is more affordable because Americans have contributed to the cost, and my new air conditioning is more affordable because Americans have contributed to the cost. The truth is that the Americans who have contributed to the cost of these things have yet to be born so to the rest of us this stuff really is affordable.
If we make houses, cars and air conditioning more affordable to stimulate purchases and in turn stimulate the economy – get people to spend more – how is it that making health care more affordable or “free” does not stimulate purchases of health care and stimulate that segment of the economy – thereby driving up prices, yikes and premiums?
However, here is the dirty little secret, no health care is affordable if you have to pay anything for it, ask anyone who has had his co-pay increased by $5.00 or coinsurance applied to a charge. This leads us to the obvious conclusion that health care must be “free.”
I have taken the following definitions from several online dictionaries so you can decide for yourself if “free” and “affordable” apply to health care reform. As you see, the secret to our logic is buried among the definitions of “free.” One source includes something publicly supported as free.
There you go, it will not be long before everything is “free.” That leaves us only with the task of making it “affordable.”
My health insurance premium just went up $285 per month, now that is unaffordable. Oh wait; it was my property taxes that just went up $285 per month, who cares…………..exactly!
provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment, given without consideration of a return or reward, not costing or charging anything, costing nothing, gratuitous, publicly supported
that can be afforded, believed to be within one’s financial means, to manage to bear without serious detriment, to be able to bear the cost of, that you have the financial means for, inexpensive, fair, cheap, reasonable, moderate, modest, low-price, low-cost, economical