Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: The ultimate answer to health care in the U.S. is a single-payer system. The majority of our citizens’ poll in favor of the government running our health care.
People believe that the single-payer will have the clout to drive the costs of care and medicine downwards while stifling exponential price increases. It could even happen if politicians in Washington DC gave up their campaign contributions from Big Pharma.
It would even be relatively easy and avoid the infinite red tape of Obamacare (the ACA) and false access to health care promised by Trumpcare.
Simply expand Medicare and Medicaid.
It’s well worth remembering that Obamacare appears to be failing. Fewer choices, more expensive coverage, refusal to buy in by the young and the healthy, Medicaid heading for collapse. Something should be done. Government promises must be kept in some form.
The healthcare needs of people change as they grow up and grow older. One size, or even three sizes, does not fit all. The forcing people into insurance programs expensive because they contain elements the insured doesn’t need or want, is an unwanted feature of the ACA. Coercing people into buying insurance or being fined is unAmerican. There must be a better way.
Let’s change the discussion, such as it is so far. Health is too important to be part of political games.
Take a look at Medicare and Medicaid in a bipartisan, open-minded, mode. The American people are unlikely to win this game otherwise.
Posted by Patrick Fero at 1:44 PM