Fixing our healthcare system is not rocket science – but it seems to be for the government.
1. Health insurance as a corporate benefit basically didn’t exist until the competition for employees following WW2. Next corporate lobbying made it tax deductible for corporations. Removing the deductibility of the insurance premiums immediately would cause corporations to stop providing this benefit. This immediately would put 70%+ of our workforce – over 100M people – into the marketplace for health insurance. This huge increase in the market would drive up competition, drive up quality, and drive down costs. The government can and should regulate high-risk pools, which can be done in the same way states use Assigned Risk pools in auto insurance. This would cover previous and catastrophic, etc., and is logical regulation. The government can and should force some kind of COBRA coverage for between-job medical insurance. Again, logical regulation.
2. Health insurance CANNOT be fixed without tort reform, period. Anyone thinking so is allowing ideology to get in the way of facts. It is as useless arguing with these people as it is trying to teach a pig to sing: Wastes your time and annoys the pig.
3. Allowing competition for insurance sales across state lines again widens the market, improves quality and quantities of plans, lowers costs.
None of these require tax increase. None require yet more intrusion into your lives. None allow the government to mismanage yet another aspect of our economy. Everything the government touches it makes worse and costlier.
All of these would DRASTICALLY improve health care.
If you want better healthcare at lower costs, the above will do it very, very quickly.
If you want worse healthcare at higher costs, then you support a government takeover of the industry.
There is no middle ground here. Either you understand socialism and what it does to countries and families -look at Eastern Europe – or you don’t.
The only people who don’t understand the destruction that socialism ALWAYS BRINGS are those who are ignorant of 20th-Century history, and totalitarians who want to run every aspect of your life. Actually, the totalitarians understand it – and use it as a means to their ends.
And it’s the totalitarians who are running Congress… and the ignorant who are voting for them.