By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
I am pro choice. I believe people should have the liberty to make their own decisions. But this term has become loaded due to pro abortion activist groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood. So for now, let’s take the word back and be “pro-choice” in areas that matter. I’m breaking this into several pieces because there is a lot to cover.
People should have the right to choose their own healthcare plan. A healthy 25-year old may choose solely a catastrophic plan, and a 40-year-old hypochondriac may choose one that covers everything. Someone may choose not to purchase a plan at all, which is stupid but is your liberty, as is your liberty not to purchase home insurance. And if in that case, you get sick, you should have to pay more for not planning ahead. Would you get home insurance for the same price after your house burned down, if at all?
Supporters of medicare argue that choice-based healthcare encourages insurance companies to “punish” the poor, chronically ill and children. They claim that liberty lovers hate these group and are just greedy selfish rich people, if they do not want the government to cover medical care for society’s most vulnerable.
We conservatives are far from the sociopaths that leftists claim we are. We see government either as ineffectual or malevolent, depending on the person or the subject matter. Government regulation creates costs for the companies in question, lowering the incentive to work in that field. The least regulated areas of medicare (such as ophthalmology) are the most lucrative and in turn most popular for young doctors. This creates marketplace competition, which lowers the prices for patients. This works for, say, 90% of citizens, and we need to figure out what to do with them. We should have a healthcare voucher system, so the downtrodden and chronically ill can get their healthcare and the market competition remains.
I have also heard the argument that it is immoral for people to seek better healthcare for themselves, which is laughable. It is never immoral to seek something better for yourself or your family provided it does not come at somebody else’s expense. If somebody else is successful it is not your business. This logic can be applied to a maximum income or anything else that is socialist.Then there are those that argue for socialized or single payer healthcare, which is the antithesis to liberty.
The Fraser Institute outlines how problematic Canada’s healthcare system is. In 2016 Canadians could expect to wait 10.6 weeks for medically necessary treatment after seeing a specialist (Physicians consider up to 7 weeks clinically reasonable). This comes after waiting an average of 10.4 weeks to see a specialist.The average Canadian seeking medical care lost an average of $1,759 (assuming they would have worked those hours) queuing for medical services. This conservative estimate excludes the time spent waiting on evenings and weekends.
This survey confirms what I had believed to be true as a Canadian. Our healthcare system is abysmal. The last time I went to the emergency room I had breathing issues. I ended up waiting almost eight hours to see a doctor, although that was a particularly busy day. I saw stretchers come off ambulances and just wait in halls. The doctor I saw was wearing a surgical mask because he had a virus. When I tell my American friends about various experiences with our system they are horrified.
I believe the reason our system is a failure is because it lacks market competition and therefore no reason to be good. With choice the competition will both lower prices and improve quality. So yes I am pro-choice but of course I am anti-abortion.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.