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    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    Healthy San Francisco: Poor Prognosis

    San Francisco recently instituted a beta version of a city-wide Universal Health Care plan aimed at covering the city's roughly 82,000 uninsured. The SF Chronicle is reporting on the "success" of the program on the basis that they enrolled their 1,000th member (the cap) earlier than anticipated. Personally, I don't find it surprising that people clammored to get something free. Anyone who's ever been to free bobble-head night at phone-company-stadium knows that.

    The program is expected to cost $200 million annually, a figure which California Conservative has a few choice thoughts about.
    Quick math: $200MM/82,000 = $2,440/per person/annually.

    Now, let’s say we’re just talking about only needing a checkup, basic yearly physical. Throw in dentist and optometrist visit. What does that come to? $300/per visit = $900. Let’s round it up to $1000. That leaves $1,400+ being applied elsewhere. Where? More bureaucracy
    Unfortunately it's not that simple. On average, health care spending in the US is on the order of $6,500 per person. Thus, to insure those 82,000 would cost over half a billion dollars. That doesn't include the inevitable expansion of the program, considering it doesn't exclude on the basis of immigration status.

    And now we've reached the crux of the situation. San Francisco could not manage to impose such massive tax increases at once. So, the program has been initiated with very limited coverage. I anticipate that every year the city will add to the list of services, all at a cost to taxpayers.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Jimmy K. said...

    where is the straw that breaks the camels back ?

    5:59 PM  
    Anonymous ColoradoRight said...

    At whatever point the Democrats mau-maued health care into a "right" like free speech and assembly, the whole dynamic changed. Since almost no one in America actually pays directly for health care, everyone just accepted the "right to health care". And the proposals to have the government take over 1/6th of the economy all are carefully structured to hide the actual costs.

    Right up until the tax bill comes due - and then it really gets pretty ugly. As California is now experiencing.

    9:04 AM  

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