Universal health care is something that will face this nation probably sooner rather than later. I am not a supporter of universal health care, and strongly believe that health care is a privilege, and not a right.
Lawmakers in Connecticut are proposing an additional 3% tax to physician’s revenue in order to fund universal health care. Needless to say, these doctors aren’t happy.
“I am willing to stay … but this bill and unrelenting overhead costs are putting me out of business. My electrical rates have doubled, my liability insurance has tripled … even after 23 years in practice, I struggle every week to make my employees’ payroll.”
This is a sad fact that is plaguing more and more practices today as costs continue to increase and insurance reimbursements continue to fall. Dr. Gourlie goes on to say:
“Taxing doctors to fund health care for the underserved is not the solution, and it will result in less care for everybody.”
I completely agree with the above statement. Why should physicians, who are already suffering from decreased insurance payouts and higher overhead, be forced to fund something that shouldn’t happen in the first place?
Proponents state that the tax will generate $600 million for the state and be offset by $300 million in federal reimbursement. The plan also calls to increase Medicaid reimbursement by up to 30%.
But, for physicians whose Medicaid reimbursements are a small fraction of their total revenues, this offset might not equilibrate earnings. Furthermore, the increased Medicaid reimbursement doesn’t cover overhead expenses such as storage or breakage for drugs.
It makes me angry when my hard-earned money (some of which I use to pay for my own health care through insurance) goes towards paying for people who are too lazy or don’t have enough drive to either get health insurance, make enough money to pay cash for health care, or find a job that offers a decent health package.
I pay for my health insurance, just like I pay for my car. We’re not giving out cars to those who can’t afford them, and we shouldn’t be giving out health care to those people either. It taxes the system as a whole, and those people who can afford health care are ultimately left with fewer resources at their disposal. In the end, it is the people like Dr. Gourlie who work hard for what they have, being faced with funding the whole shebang.
For all of those people who want universal health care, how do you expect to fund it? Would an additional 3% tax to your gross earnings be something you’d be excited about? Think about that before talking about the benefits of universal coverage. The money has got to come from somewhere.