The solution hasn’t changed, but the politics must…
By Jack E. Lohman
Can you imagine a chart so offensive? THIS in America!!!
This is absolutely disgraceful for the most advanced nation in the world!
Not because our health care is bad, because it’s not. We have the best doctors and nurses in the world. But we have the most atrocious way of rationing it. Over 15% are without, 85% of us have it, but 5o million of those are with restrictions.
If we have health care, we love it. The young, indestructible bucks don’t need it, though some day they may. Hopefully it won’t be a surprise, like one of their kids being diagnosed with diabetes, autism or other serious disease they have no control over. Then the costs accumulate fast and you can’t upgrade at that point.
Today over 47 million Americans are without health care and it’s getting worse as more employers opt out to keep their companies afloat, and more people are losing their jobs in the recession. One sixth of our nation is without medical insurance.
And it’s all because the “for-profit system” is protected by cash dollars (“bribes”) being transferred from the insurance industry to your trusted politicians, all to retain the status quo.
Get that! Our politicians have refused to fix health care because the insurance industry has paid them not to!!! Do not think for a moment that politicians make stupid decisions for free. Even the Dems are being paid off.
Our per-capita costs are twice those in other countries. HALF of our expenditures are total waste, 31% consumed by our insurance bureaucracy and 20% by overuse, abuse and fraud. If the political will were there we could eliminate this 51% of waste and extend care to 100% of our people for the same dollars we are paying today!
We don’t need Kennedy or Baucus or Wyden.
Or any new system, for that matter.
The proposal already exists: HR676 Medicare-for-all by US Rep. John Conyers. Instead of throwing $700 billion at a few poorly-run companies, we should spend it on a health care system that will save every employer in the U.S. $6000 per year per employee. Bail out all employers, not just a few high-rollers.
With a Medicare-for-all system, you get sick, you get care, and the caregiver gets paid. You keep your same doctor and hospital, and there’s a 20% co-pay to reduce patient over-use. And if you want to go outside the system and pay for something not covered, you can. How’s that for free-market medicine?
The savings to the public would be $400 billion per year, and fewer companies will outsource their jobs to other countries once they are relieved of these costs. Doctors and hospitals will no longer have to cost-shift because of bad debt, and we’d eliminate bankruptcies due to unpaid medical bills.
Even without the $700B bailout, the proposed system pays for itself. It’s a zero-sum option.
Winston Churchill once said “America will always do the right thing, but only after everything else fails.” Sadly, we are proving him right.
And, yes, Canada has wait times, but we aren’t Canada and ours isn’t a Canadian system. We’ll properly fund it with twice the dollars, and we’ll not have wait times.
We are currently paying for all health care anyway, if only when employers add their costs to products and we reimburse them at the cash register. Plus the costs of job losses due to outsourcing.
And no, this isn’t free care, we’d just pay for it differently and more efficiently than we are now. Our current system is funded through employer insurance premiums, cost shifting, bad debt, bankruptcy costs and higher priced consumer products. This includes high insurance CEO wages, shareholder profits, broker sales commissions, marketing costs, actuarial and legal costs, and much more. They even pass along their lobbying and campaign contributions. We’ll eliminate this waste.
Other countries simply pay via taxes, a more efficient system that reduces costs by the 31% above. But this offends insurance CEOs, because it bypasses their industry and reduces their salaries. They like things just as they are.
Reducing the “per-procedure medical costs” is not an option! Doctors and nurses and hospital personnel are not overpaid, nor is technology over-priced.
The only option is eliminating the waste — the insurance bureaucracy and over-utilization — and that can only be done with a single-payer system and better oversight.
Curtail “excessive” technology upgrades, but not the technology itself. Prohibit the “for profit” status of hospitals that causes inappropriate staff and nursing reductions, and prohibit the bias that results when hospitals buy up their referring physician practices.
It’s a no-brainer, but politicians don’t think of no-brainers. They think campaign contributions, and the health care industry is more than willing to share its profits with the guys that make the rules.
With lower costs and greater coverage, we can’t afford not to fix the system! Our economy demands it.
If Wisconsin were smart it would beat the Feds to the punch with a BadgerCare-for-all system that would attract businesses to our state.
Okay, for you right-wingers that don’t seem to get the math, we’ll turn it over to Halliburton to manage! But keep in mind that your families are getting [bleeped] in this process too.