Why isn’t healthcare free in America? by QuestionGuy September 13, 2022, 3:51 pm Why isn’t healthcare free in America? What do you think? 1 Point Upvote Downvote AmericaAskAskMefreeHealthcareisntQuestion and Answer See more Previous article What’s the strangest subreddit you’re subscribed to? 35 Comments Leave a Reply Because everything is a business in America, profits are the main goal, no matter who it affects. Log in to Reply It’s not beneficial to the people at the top. Log in to Reply I’d say because the US have historically had a fear of « big government » and heavily promoted individual freedom and property, so private everything is the norm. There are many reasons to those factors which I won’t get into, but I think there are 2 root causes. Log in to Reply I think if the government was honest it would be “because fuck you.” Log in to Reply Greed Log in to Reply too much money to be made off the sick/dying Log in to Reply Profit > People Log in to Reply Everything in the US revolves around money, literally everything. So why would healthcare be different. Log in to Reply Americans only care About themselves . Me , me , me If they (rich) are doing good . They don’t care about anyone else. So here we are paying a lot in taxes, a lot in health insurance every month. And still pay lots in co pays. Funny part is to get people to join active duty military. Is by telling them they’ll get free health insurance. One of the reasons I joined the military. Log in to Reply Profits! That’s all that matters in America, for a few people to get filthy stinking rich while everyone else suffers. You can’t pay for medical treatments? I guess you’ll die. Log in to Reply All money goes to war Log in to Reply free isn’t profitable Log in to Reply Because Republicans brand it socialism and communism, and their constituents would rather have poor health and hillbilly teeth than be called a rino. Log in to Reply Because lawmakers are too easily coerced and corrupted by for profit healthcare. Short-term perks via lobbyists are far more important and likely to be acted upon than things like long-term benefits to the people at large by providing affordable if not free healthcare. Log in to Reply Because extreme neoliberal capitalism, because even capitalist countries have free healthcare Log in to Reply In which country is healthcare free? Log in to Reply Greed. Log in to Reply Rich people don’t want to lose an easy income Log in to Reply There’s no such thing as free, someone has to pay for it Log in to Reply Because people wouldn’t be telling their kids to be a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc. if the pay was lowered because of free healthcare. Since those professions make a lot, I’m sure it would get lowered and people wouldn’t really want to major in it in college. Heck I think that’s why most people who have the equivalent outside the USA come here to practice and just take the TOEFL (sp?) exam and start raking in that cash. Log in to Reply Because they have aircraft carriers. Log in to Reply not enough people pay taxes Log in to Reply Americans Log in to Reply Nowhere is healthcare free. It’s paid with taxes. And someone else said it – there’s too much money to be made here in the US for there to be universal healthcare. Log in to Reply Because less than half of the nation controls the narrative and gets people to vote against their own self interests. Log in to Reply Healthcare is never free. The correct question is whether the cost of healthcare is handled individually or collectively. America and handling a burden collectively. Need I say more? Log in to Reply Because we are American and everyone needs to start from the bottom to get rich and pay their own way… /s Log in to Reply Death Panels Log in to Reply Because if you can’t profit off of it why bother. For clarification I don’t think this way that’s just how I perceive it to be Log in to Reply Healthcare isn’t free in other countries where people don’t pay for hospital visits. Part of their taxes pay into a national healthcare fund where that fund pays out when you visit the hospital. ​ We were at one point going to have [universal healthcare, but it never panned out](https://timeline.com/social-security-universal-health-care-efe875bbda93). Log in to Reply There’s no such thing as free. Log in to Reply No such thing as a free lunch, some one will pay. We all see what printing currency does to commodity prices, so something from nothing is not sustainable for any amount of time. The affordable care act( Obamacare) was supposed to be partly funded by the student loans, so there is another hole. One man’s debt will always be another man’s income. Log in to Reply There are a lot of reasons. Really, you would think employers would love to have a single payer system and no longer have to pay for healthcare benefits for their employees. However, political donations from major corporate interests often support Republicans who are desperate to keep the healthcare system as it is despite the obvious dysfunction. So what gives? Well, the only reasonable explanation is that these employers understand that their control over their employee’s healthcare grants them considerable leverage over employees. I mean, if we had a single payer system, people would leave their bullshit jobs in droves and take on more fulfilling but less secure careers. The same holds true for student loans. If people didn’t have a mountain of debt to hold them in place, they would risk starting a new job or starting their own business. It’s all about controlling employees. Log in to Reply If the largest corporations are spending trillions on healthcare premiums, why aren’t they lobbying for free healthcare? In a nationalized healthcare system, American corporations could basically eliminate all healthcare spending and their employees would be paying the same amount of tax. This would improve their competitiveness globally. This paradox has always puzzled me. The answer is so cynical is probably why I never realize it. Corporations realize that the “cost” of having employees who can switch jobs without concern for healthcare will cost them more. A worker who is considering starting an independent competing company will have to figure out how to fund health insurance for themselves, their family, and their new employees. Even starting at a new job can block health care access. Log in to Reply *How would our hospitals* or DR’S become MILLIONAIRES?????? Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.