Universal healthcare as proposed by Democrats craters government of Finland
Washington Free Beacon:
The government of Finland collapsed Friday due to the rising cost of universal health care and the prime minister's failure to enact reforms to the system.From Bernie to Kamala the Democrats have embraced this failed system of healthcare. In the UK and Canada the government healthcare system has resulted in rationed care and in some cases death panels. Democrats seem bent on destroying the greatest healthcare system in the world. The US is the place where people come from around the world for treatment. In London, you are lucky to get an ambulance and calls for help are usually met with a suggestion that the sick person take a cab.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the rest of the cabinet resigned after the governing coalition failed to pass reforms in parliament to the country's regional government and health services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Finland faces an aging population, with around 26 percent of its citizens expected to be over 65 by the year 2030, an increase of 5 percent from today.
Finland's aging population is increasing the financial strain on its health care system. From a BBC News report:
As an increasing number of people live longer in retirement, the cost of providing pension and healthcare benefits can rise. Those increased costs are paid for by taxes collected from of the working-age population – who make up a smaller percentage of the population than in decades past.Reuters reports that soaring treatment costs and longer life spans have particularly affected Nordic countries.
In 2018, those aged 65 or over made up 21.4% of Finland's population, the fourth highest after Germany, Portugal, Greece, and Italy, according to Eurostat.
Finland's welfare system is also generous in its provisions, making it relatively expensive. Attempts at reform have plagued Finnish governments for years.
"Nordic countries, where comprehensive welfare is the cornerstone of the social model, have been among the most affected," according to Reuters. "But reform has been controversial and, in Finland, plans to cut costs and boost efficiency have stalled for years."
Similar problems are bedeviling Sweden and Denmark, two other countries frequently held up as models to follow on health care. Finland's crisis in particular comes as calls for universal health care have grown louder among Democrats in the United States.