But the states don’t want this burden either!
By Jack E. Lohman
Senator Russ Feingold co-wrote a bill with Lindsey Graham to let the states experiment with health care.
Why? Even Feingold’s own state doesn’t want to deal with health care! And clearly, a national solution is better anyway. Let’s hope that he instead gets behind a single-payer solution.
Isn’t 44 years of national Medicare coverage enough experimentation? Isn’t the fact that Taiwan, after studying every health care system in the world including those in socialized countries, and finalizing on a Medicare replicate for all its people, enough to at least give Medicare-for-all a chance in America?
Call it politics, if you wish, but I call it political corruption. The insurance industry has given $46 million in campaign contributions and has won over Sen. Max Baucus, a pretend constituent representative from Montana. He has excluded single-payer activists from even presenting their arguments to his Finance Committee and has limited input to the for-profit mongers. Aren’t political bribes just great?
What??? You’re finding that your $100 contribution isn’t working?
Don’t you worry. Under public pressure the politicians and health care industry came up with an unbiased public policy. They’ve agreed to “curb the growth of health care inflation by 1.5% per year.”
Note that they do not mean TO 1.5% per year, they mean BY 1.5%. Instead of a 10% yearly inflation rate, they’ll keep it to 8.5%!!! Aren’t we lucky?
You can be sure that they won’t cut into profits to do so. They’ll trim health care to patients instead.
Doesn’t President Obama get it?
The smartest thing congress could do is to remove the health care obligation from corporations. It would save these corporations $6500 per employee per year that could instead be used to add jobs and stem their layoffs and outsourcing to countries that already have universal health care.
A Medicare-for-all system would provide a base level of taxpayer-funded coverage. Nobody would go without, and such coverage would bridge periods of unemployment. But if someone wanted coverage over and above Medicare they could purchase an additional Gap policy. You know, the free-market way, with cash dollars.
Of course those who have turned health care into a profit center will object. But like fire and police and national protection, basic health should be funded by taxpayers. Also objecting will be those “everybody-for-themselves” folks. The young bucks that don’t see themselves as ever getting old or getting sick. Or having a child being diagnosed with diabetes or other genetic disease after they’ve committed to a high-deductible HSA plan.
And if any of that happens they have just the answer. They’ll sign up for the public system.
But please, let’s not fall for the standard industry scare tactics. We spend twice the dollars on health as does any other country. We’ll not have their wait times or rationing. We have neither of those with Medicare today, and we’ll not have them going forward. Especially if “all” also includes the politicians.
Understand that we are currently paying 100% of today’s health care costs through cost shifting, bankruptcy costs and when manufacturers add their expenses to the price of their products. Nothing is free and Medicare will not be free. But we’ll pay $400 billion less per year when we pay though our tax system. And that’s exactly why the industry objects.
Medicare going broke? How about eliminating the $780 billion drug bill that prohibits Medicare from getting the same 50% discount the VA system gets? How about using just the pharmacist rather than also the middleman insurance industry?
— If you really believe that mandated health insurance is the answer, please read this summary from physicians in Massachusetts.
— Massachusetts has failed and failed miserably. ER visits have gone UP instead of down, as you would expect any positive plan to achieve.
— But oh, the insurance industry and its brokers just love this. Can you imagine having the state write a law to mandate that every citizen purchase your product?
— And “affordable?” To whom? The politicians taking the cash from the industry? Whose definition do we go by?
— I say let’s give the industry a few billion dollars to just go away.