I was watching a presidential primary debate on CNN. Every candidate was talking about how he/she would usher in universal health care.
I am pretty surprised that no one spoke about how they are going to handle the volume as a result of this. No one seems to be questioning whether the present infrastructure is capable of handling increased volumes. I would think that increasing the number of doctors and taking steps to reduce the cost of medical education would help bring down health care costs. Maybe they could find ways to reduce opportunistic law suits that drive up the cost of health care. Anyways I am not very knowledgeable about this issue, but that brings me to another point.
While I believe in the virtues of a free market system, and think it played an important role in making US a world power, I have also noticed a few drawbacks to it here.
A developed country should ensure that every citizen has easy access to
1) Health care
2) Higher education
3) The law
but all three of these are extremely expensive to a middle class citizen here.