Sunday, July 19, 2009

Health Care in the Education Model

Of course, I've got really good health care because I'm a teacher, but that's not where I'm going with this. The conservative wings are up in arms because of a clause they've found in one of the new bills. If I can trust their transcription skills and trust that it says what they say it says, the new law would prohibit many types of private care.

The health care system should run like many other social systems in this country. I think the most appropriate one would be similar to the education system. Everyone has a right to care, just as every kid has a right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Anyone who wants to enroll in a private school is welcome to do so, but still has to pay school taxes. Likewise, anyone who wants to buy separate health insurance (to cover anything that the main plan doesn't) would be free to do so.

I know, the screamers are going to insist that education isn't run properly and shouldn't be the model for anything, but I disagree. When not playing games with the statistics, people can see that public schools do a good job with most of their students, most of the time. If you want much more than that, or want a specialist education, you are free to purchase that.

Just a thought.

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