From that start, the cut was made between individuals taking care of their own healthcare needs, and it slowly developed into the current sustem.
The current system is a mess and we should really revert back to individuals taking care of their own health care and insurance. That said, there are many people, especially the elderly, who planned for their old age with the idea that government would provide for their healthcare. The belief that government is going to provide for them is now being proved to be just another government lie. Like home ownership and the education system, the structure of the healthcare system is collapsing---all three sectors have heavy government involvement.
In what appears to be an attempt to buy votes, ObamaCare is shifting funds allocated for healthcare away from the elderly toward the young. Specifically the young who, for whatever reason, have chosen not to obtain health care on their own, but who certainly are in a much better position to earn the money for healthcare, then the elderly.
Here's WSJ on what is going on:
Remember, this is just the beginning. With greater government involvement in healthcare, price signals will be distorted. Instead of individuals making decisions about their own healthcare, the decisions will ultimately be made by the lobbyists who are best able to capture health regulators. Think in terms of more useless H1N1 vaccines, versus medical innovation like the technological innovation that comes out of Silicon Valley.
Across the country, dozens of private insurers that run....Medicare plans are preparing to pare dental, vision and certain prescription-drug coverage starting next year, according to consultants who have helped them assemble annual bids.
Although some planned cuts might not materialize given Congress's history of tabling unpopular measures, the law represents the tip of a broader change. Most Americans know the overhaul is designed to cover the uninsured, a decades-long goal of Democrats. But it also represents a change in how the government spreads its social safety net underneath Americans. Already, it's creating tensions that are a harbinger of debates to come.
Since the creation of Social Security and Medicare, younger workers have funded programs for the elderly. It's a compact in which workers paid for retirees with the understanding that they'd be looked after by the generation behind them.
The health overhaul diverges by tapping a program for the elderly to help provide insurance to 32 million Americans of younger generations. Nearly half the funding for the law is supposed to come from paying lower fees to hospitals, insurers and other health-care providers that participate in Medicare, the federal insurance program for Americans age 65 and older, as well as younger disabled people.
The 44 million Americans on Medicare won't see changes to their guaranteed benefits under the law. But of those, 11.3 million on Medicare Advantage plans, a public-private hybrid ... are likely to begin seeing extra benefits go away as soon as next year. Medicare Advantage cuts are slated to pay for 15% of the health-care law's tab...
"I'm sure that some of those additional benefits have been nice," Nancy-Ann DeParle, who runs the White House's Office of Health Reform, says of Medicare Advantage plans. "But I think what we have to look at here is what's fair and what's important for the strength of the Medicare program long term."...
John Gorman, a consultant who helped insurers prepare bids, says his clients are planning to raise non-essential emergency room co-pays to $500 from $200. They're pushing enrollees toward generic drugs and charging more for optometrist visits...
Humana, which administers Medicare Advantage plans to 1.75 million seniors, is trying to pare 15% of its overall costs, in part to offset lower expected government payments.
"There's no question that either premiums go up or either benefits go down over the long term," said Michael B. McCallister, Humana's president and CEO. "Everything is on the table.
With payments being made on useless products and near useless products, the payments to the elderly and disabled will continue to shrink, as will the services to the young. Think long-lines,waiting lists and poorer quality treatment.