Bundling services, such as having television, telephone, and internet from a single provider can be cost effective. However, should a problem occur all services may be lost simultaneously. Serious professionals who work from home will often have internet service from two different sources (one from the local telco, one from the local cable company) so they are never stuck with an outage.
Here are a few cases from England which show how bundling, in this case having government in charge of both healthcare and social services, is a recipe for disaster.
Case # 1:
The mother of a 13-year-old girl who became partly paralysed after being given a cervical cancer vaccination says social workers have told her the child may be removed if she (the mother) continues to link her condition with the vaccination.
Case # 2:
A couple had all six of their children removed from their care after they disputed the necessity of an invasive medical test on their eldest daughter. Doctors, who suspected she might have had a blood disease, called for social services to obtain an emergency protection order, although it was subsequently confirmed that she was not suffering from the condition. The parents were still considered unstable, and all their children were taken from them.
Case # 3:
A single mother whose teenage son is terminally ill and confined to a wheelchair has been told he is to become the subject of a care order after she complained that her local authority’s failure to provide bathroom facilities for him has left her struggling to maintain sanitary standards.
These problems have gotten the attention of at least some politicians.
John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP, who campaigns to stop injustices in the family court, said: “Very often care proceedings are used as retaliation by local authorities against ‘uppity’ people who question the system.”
Read all the details on the cases here.
An important fact worth understanding clearly when reading about these cases is the fact that a significant majority of the people who receive healthcare services in England are happy with the care they get. However, the small minority which suffers mistreatment at the hands of this system have no recourse.
Healthcare in the United States needs to be reformed, and there are plenty of excellent ways to do so which do not require more government – in fact, they require the opposite. The “public option”, which is a front for pushing a single payer system, does nothing to address the underlying fundamental problems with healthcare as it exists today, and will open up the system to abuses of the kind now being perpetrated in England.
Offering many more people “free” health insurance does not equal healthcare reform.