Medicare is a system that has been in place for 50+ years. Its approval rating is well above any competition and it keeps the costs of healthcare down. Paperwork which drowns the private sector insurance is very well managed to less than half in Medicare.
So, why should we be experimenting with other often radical solutions to our healthcare network in the U.S.? I will admit that Obamacare was far from perfect. For one thing, it depends on the whim of private for-profit carriers. They say privatizing healthcare will spur competition and therefore reduce costs but that just isn’t happening. TrumpCare, which is at least dead for now, wasn’t any better and seemed to be skewed towards giving the wealthy more tax breaks and abandoning care for millions now covered under Medicaid.
Why should we experiment with very risky systems when we have a time-proven system that does very well? It just makes sense to make Medicare for all of us. Can even Medicare be improved, of course it can. There is too much fraud that could fairly easily be prevented if we just allowed it to happen. Having a law that prevents Medicare from getting discounts in the prescription drug market defies common sense.
Let’s expand a proven track winner and make it for all of us. We could then join the rest of the world in providing healthcare for all our citizens as a right, not a privilege of only those who can afford it. It would also relieve that burden from our business so that they can more effectively compete with foreign competitors. It just makes sense.
I don’t know what it will take to get all those in the beltway loony bin to understand this idea? But whatever it takes we need to work hard to make it happen. The sooner, the better.
It just makes sense…