skitzor wrote: similarly over here, if we don't acknowledge we are in a good position, chances are people will try to solve problems that don't exist, wasting time and money.
That can never happen, not unless you remove the media monopoly and politicians all together, just listen to how much you hear the words "boat people" in the news as opposed to "visa violations by airline passengers", controversy sells.
Marius wrote: So where exactly do we get the money from to give private health care standard to everyone?
Removing tax breaks for religious organizations would be a good start, funnel all that tax they aren't paying into healthcare (never going to happen, imagine the fit Abbot would have lol).
Marius wrote:Private health insurance is the direct response to this fairly intractable problem. Maybe it's not an ideal response, but it is a response, that isn't totally bad if the income of low income earners keeps increasing to the point that they can afford it.
Pay increases and price of living increases aren't happening at the same rate, it's a bit of a dream to think that there will be a time when all low income earners can afford private health insurance. Even if they COULD all afford to putchase it then wouldn't that entirely defeat the reason for government healthcare? Private healthcare doesn't fix the problem it only patches it, as an Australian citizen i want everyone to have the right to decent healthcare rather than only people who can afford it.