SEATTLE, WA – In these torrid days of healthcare upheaval, it’s hard to find much of anything that Americans can agree about. That’s why a new study from the Journal of American Healthcare Economics is turning heads and raising eyebrows. The study, seeking to learn more about public attitudes on healthcare spending, revealed an astonishing unity amongst the American public about how to reduce costs.
“We found that the overwhelming majority of Americans – 94.1% to be exact – are in favor of rationing other people’s healthcare,” said the study’s lead author Benjamin Barnerjee. “People disagree about how best to do it, but they want to see other people’s healthcare spending reduced, and they want to see it now.”
The survey data was collected in early 2014 and sampled nearly 20,000 households across the U.S. We were curious about their findings, so the DME took its own informal poll of our readers and confirmed the results. Here’s what people are saying:
“It’s unsustainable the way our medical system is working now; we’ve gotta start making some deep cuts. I can think of a lot of people who are overusing our precious healthcare dollars – like old people, for example. Every time you turn around there’s some 90 year-old getting a heart transplant. We’ve gotta be more realistic,” said freshman Economics major, Austin Rister.
Even the elderly John Wegner, longtime resident at the Forever Springtime Retirement Villa, agreed wholeheartedly with Rister: “It’s true; we’ve gotta cut back. There’s a lotta young people running around without the foresight to buy insurance ’cause they think they’re invincible; well, they can’t expect everybody else to pay for medical care when their motorcycle hits a tree.”
Consensus was uniform across all demographics and professions. The eagerness to set limits on other people’s healthcare spending was echoed by Amixacorp CEO, Jill Kutcherts.
“In my opinion, poor people need to stop expecting free medicine and handouts. Healthcare is a privilege, not an entitlement.”
Since the study’s release last week, excitement has been building over this newfound universal public support for rationing. Many of the people we surveyed had great ideas for where such revolutionary changes in health policy might begin.
“I would like to see a lot less money dedicated to pregnant women and children. Isn’t the world getting overpopulated enough already?!” said high-school sophomore Tanner Bledgins.
“Well, I would start by rationing the care we give out to people who aren’t citizens. Our country is going to go bankrupt doing laser vasectomy reversals on people who don’t pay income tax!” said Arizona legislator, Bob Hinther.
While the brainstorming about how to put this growing social harmony into action continues, the DME will remain your source for all of the latest in public health policy.