Many believe that single payer healthcare is the cure to all of this country’s healthcare ills. And, it may very well be.
But the newest version of the Medicare For All Act of 2017 is not it.
For one, I do not believe that healthcare is a right. Neither God, nor man, has granted that. And man has only struggled with a way to provide “free” healthcare in recent history. If it were a right, ordained by God or not, we would not be in the predicament that we are now. A predicament we as the human race has struggled with since beginning of time.
That said, I do believe that good healthcare for all has a place in any civilized society. Members of society who are healthy probably produce more and contribute to moving things forward. Those of poor health probably do exactly the opposite.
I would not object to a plan that would better provide affordable healthcare to all, even if the government ends up paying for it. And, we all know that the government can only pay for it because we – the tax-paying citizens of the US – pay for it. Let’s make that clear.
But, even then, I am ok with it. As long as it is fair to all.
The healthcare industry – in fact the entire structure – is corrupt from top to bottom. In my humble opinion, that is the problem. Corruption.
I have several problems with the current version of Medicare for All Act of 2017.
- Why does it cover “individuals residing in the US and US territories”? I believe it should be “citizens”. Citizens pay for it with taxes; citizens should be the only benefactors.
- Why do they keep referring to it as “free healthcare”? As established above, it is most definitely not free. We, the citizens of the US, will pay dearly every paycheck.
- Why can “only public or non-profit institutions participate”? Has anyone done any analysis at all on the havoc that will wreak on the economy as a whole? The jobs lost, the networks upended, the systems and processes that rely on certain institutions that may not be public nor non-profit?
- Why are “financial incentives between HMOs and physicians based on utilization prohibited”? That is one of the agreements that keeps costs to the insured low.
- Has anyone determined the effect of using only public or non-profit providers on the quality of the care? That won’t work well with the top surgeons and doctors that citizens from other countries seek when their countries can’t or won’t treat them.
- “The program is funded….by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income.” Really? What might that be and what is the full definition and details of “progressive”? Who? How much?
- And, this is probably the best one of all…wait for it…“the program must give employment transition benefits and first priority in retraining and job placement to individuals whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced clerical and administrative work under the bill.” The creators of the bill know this will wreak havoc on a huge industry. But, I wonder how they will help to re-employ those people when they can’t even keep employment statistics positive as it is. If you are in the healthcare industry, you should be very afraid of this aspect alone.
- Scary…doctors will no longer be in charge of a ill person’s prognosis or treatment plan. “The bill establishes a National Board of Universal Quality and Access”. Basically, that means that your treatment will be ranked – by committee and bureaucracy – against treatment, cost, and prognosis of everyone else in the system…and no money will allow you to buy anything better. Hearing me…your money, if you have it, will not be able to save you.
While a universal healthcare system is likely where we are headed…this is definitely not the way to do it.
The kind-hearted liberals who believe in this plan are just that – kind-hearted. Bless their cotton socks. But, unfortunately, I don’t believe that they are all thinking of it as how it will affect their personal situation. Maybe that is the problem. Maybe they think they will be immune, saved because of their current social or financial status.
And, the politicians are in a whole different arena. We all know that they will most likely vote themselves out of anything that they vote in for the public.
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