Republican and former Secretary of State Colin Powell wants the United States to adopt a universal health care system similar to those in Canada, Japan and Europe.
At a celebration breakfast for prostate cancer survivors, Powell talked about his own cancer recovery, which he attributed to the “high-quality universal health care” offered by the U.S. military. He also talked about his wife, Alma, who recently had a serious health scare but was able to access the help she needed. He compared their experiences to a neighbor whose insurance didn’t cover certain medical tests:
“Every country I’ve visited, every developed country, they have universal health care. They don’t understand why the United States of America, which uses more health care than just about anybody else, still (has) 40 million people not properly insured.”
“I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen,” Powell said. “Whether it’s Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.”
Powell is correct to say that the healthcare system needs to be reformed; everyone should have the ability to receive medical treatment when they need it. But is he right to think that the best way to reform healthcare is for taxpayers – including small businesses and unions – to foot everyone’s bill, whether they work or not?
The government can’t even afford healthcare for the few it provides for now, such as members of the military, veterans and Medicaid recipients. The government can certainly not afford the medical bills of all 300 million-plus people living here. And what happens when you can’t pay your bills? You will, eventually, stop receiving the service.