Howard, I am glad we agree. I have a similar story while working in
Alaska. I had an infection and needed antibiotics. I never saw an actual doctor,
the bill was over three grand and the pills cost nearly three hundred dollars.
My out of pocket was eleven hundred dollars.This was over tweleve years
ago, under the old system before Obamacare.
John Boehner said the GOP would never be able to pass a health care bill. As
this drags on the GOP will start to eat their own. At some point, they'll
wash their hands of it, blame the Democrats and do the thing they most want to
do, the thing they have time and time proven they can do. Cut taxes for the
wealthy and increase our national debt.
Ah, the 'heavy hand' of government providing health insurance to 20
million people.How awful Obamacare is. What a disaster, as Trump would
say. How can we go on living with ourselves?
ACA intended to provide everyone with health insurance (sometimes by force...is
that the American way?) but it didn't come close to giving everyone health
care because of the ridiculous costs. I know people whose work hours were
reduced because of ACA and their deductibles were so high they couldn't
afford most care.ACA can be greatly improved by tort reform and the
reduction of health care costs.
He says "No western country has ever successfully repealed their healthcare
plans"Do you know why? Because they work. Universal Healthcare
systems work - because including everyone drives down the per-person risk. You
wont lose everything you've worked for because your kid is unlucky enough
to get cancer. You wont be risking everything because you decided to take a risk
and start up a new business, meaning you wont be on group insurance for a while.
Go online and ask someone who lives in Denmark or Austria or England
what they think about their healthcare plan is and they will say: It's not
perfect, but it's much better than the disfunctional system in the United
States. So far, everyone I talked to can say a lot about their
healthcare, but when I ask if they would switch places, NO ONE says yes.
Lou Montana:In many cases the people that grossly profit are the
doctors and hospitals. I have to wonder why a doctor that saw me for 30
seconds, if that, and ordered a shot of anti-biotic billed me/my insurance
company over $600. The whole trip to the ER was close to $2000. These costs
are obscene and I believe some board needs to be set up where doctors and
hospitals have to explain these costs. It all sort of reminds me of those
recent AFLAC commercials where the doctor is laughing at the patient about how
they will lose their car because of a gall bladder operation. Or the injured
skier that will have to move back in with his parents. Except in real life
these situations aren't that funny and all too real.I'm
all for tort reform as President Trump and the Republicans suggests that limits
damages and offers protections to hospitals and doctors from frivolous lawsuits.
But doctors and hospitals need to explain the large costs for some of their
services and be held accountable. Simple things like getting your blood drawn
should not cost over $100. This has to end.
Any body that grossly profits from medical needs of the people should be in
I believe the answer will eventually be single payer. When you
consider the billions of tax payers dollars spent on medical research, 95
billion just last year, the billions of dollars from charities for hospitals and
other medical improvements, one asks who should benefit from all this. Should
it be just those with the ability to pay or should it be every man, woman and
child. I believe the later.
What next? A column by the captain of the Costa Concordia on best
practices for piloting cruise ships?
Maybe the problem, Charles, is that you see people being covered by the ACA as
the result of some underhanded leftist scheming to raise expectations. This is the darkness of your conservative soul coming out. It's health
care. More people having it is better, period. It has absolute value. We
already know costs can be cut and coverage expanded with a single payer system.
We already know we have the most expensive per capita health care in the world.
And we know trump just killed meals on wheels, the environment and PBS to find
$54 billion for what is already far and away the largest military budget in the
world. The solutions are out there. There is money available. The question
is...even though there is a moral and ethical imperative, do we want to do it?
There is another way. Do what Gov. Kasich suggest and actually come up with a
compromise bill with bilateral support that will last longer than the next
political winds blow.How about we start with the premise all
Americans have equal opportunity/access, equal tax treatment, and the same plans
and protections/coverages to choose from?Americans don't even
realize there are separate risk pools, HMO's offer different products to
different people at different prices based solely on their type of employment
and if they have an employer that offers insurance or not. HMO's exit the
individual marketplace and make billions per quarter in Corporate. There should be ONE market/risk pool for all!!How one makes money
should not determine our health plan choices and the prices of those health
plans.No juicey pre tax plans with strong protections that they have
to cover maternity/mental health for employers with "more than 50"
workers, separate unequal plans that cost twice as much for less coverage for
those who purchase on the marketplace.All people should buy
insurance pre tax or no one, then medicaid for truly poor and tax credits for
the mostly poor.