Medical Care must be Solved
My Point of view
I am retired and on Medicare. I also had supplemental Medical Insurance from my wife's employer up until June 30th. They could not afford it any longer, so I no longer have it . Neither will my wife when she retires. Now it cost me $150 a month out of a $970 Social Security check to replace my supplemental insurance and prescription coverage.
There are two groups in America that are guaranteed Medical Care. The very rich and the very poor (if they can find a doctor to take Medicaid). The rest of working America either have no insurance or could loose it tomorrow if their employer decides to drop the coverage. OH! There is one other group that is guaranteed care. Congress voted to have us pay for theirs. If you hold the purse,You hold the power.
I understand those who have good insurance from their employer being unwilling to get taxed to help others. It is human nature to protect you & yours first and resist change. I just hope they are aware that their future is in the hands of the Company and not in their own. The moment your employer decides they cannot afford coverage, you are on you own.
But that is just my opinion. I decided to ask my friends on Facebook what they thought and this is what they said:
The President addresses Medical Care
What do you say?
William Hodge If we have the Best Health Care in the world, why does Europe and Canada have a longer life span and have a much better record in Child birth. Could it be that our health system is just the most Profitable Would that explain why wealthy foreigners come here and get better care than most working class Americans.
Ruttle Simmons yes.
Tim Omachi yes.
Steve Gibson And why is ours the most expensive per person? Because we already pay for everyone else, but do so very inefficiently. Nonetheless, we seem to like our form of rationing if we have coverage and can afford it. :-) And why must we tie coverage to employment? Industrial era throwback? Individuals and "non-groups" are screwed, especially if anything goes wrong. Just don't start a small business and innovate, heaven forbid. "Denied--pre-existing condition, you lose."
Monkeyboy Floyd Well, I hear we(U.S.) have the best health care...as long as you are filthy rich. I suspect that it is true. Personally I have had a very hard time getting good health care. I have Type 1 diabetes. I did find a job that has insurance, after 20 years. Now I am stuck in a job, with no chance of moving up in the company.
Bob Grieninger.... reflections & thoughts (from a perspective of having lived in Spain approx. 7 yrs and the US for 57 ) .... access to health care in the US is an issue ..... lifestyles, also must be considered when evaluating the health of different cultures ...... my personal view .... i advocate for a society that considers quality health care delivery a responsibility to all its inhabitants .....
John Eli Shuey William, see my link above for starters. As to your question, again you offer a false dichotomy - i.e., do nothing or do Obamacare. There are other options.
That American medicine is the best in the world is evidenced by the thousands of people from socialized medicine nations who flock here for treatment every year. It is also evidenced by the fact that the U.S. is #1 in the world in survival after initial treatment for heart disease and cancers of all types. (Most likely due to timeliness of care, which would suffer under Obamacare.)
Some of the divergence in care you quote has as much to do with population dynamics as with the quality of healthcare. For example, cancel out violent deaths and auto accidents, and the difference in lifespan between the U.S. and most other nations becomes statistically insignificant.
We do not have to turn 25% of our economy over to the government to address this problem, it is not either/or.
Steve Gibson Please see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/countries/
One of the frustrating things to me is that we Americans always think we're inventing the wheel--as if nobody else has faced these questions. Turns out there are other countries besides Canada and the UK (whoda thunk), and they've found ways to keep competition alive...
John Eli Shuey Steve - Without getting into a long discourse:
The Federal Register contains over 133,000 pages of healthcare regulations, and this is in addition to the regulations and restrictions imposed by all 50 states. There is no way that can be called a free market. Every regulation, every requirement, and every restriction add to the cost of whatever... Read More
Gabriel Brawley The last I saw American health care was ranked at 27th place. We don't have the best health care in the world. Not even close. These "protesters" at rallies are being organized by insurance companies. The lies being thrown around by the anti-reformers are simply amazing.
John Eli Shuey Rather than waste time Gabriel, I'll just say you're full of it.
1) Cite your claim for a 27th place ranking. Based on what?
2) Where is the evidence for insurance company involvement in the protests. There is no evidence because there is no involvement. Insurance companies are not organized on Congressional district level for political action, they don't even have a way to distinguish Democrats from Republicans from Libertarians among voters in those districts.
Stop drinking the freakin' Kool Aid and start thinking.
Medical Cost - Medical Profit
Who get's the Money?
In the end Medical Care is a business. It's true that many do it because they care, just as teachers and fireman and policemen and others see their work as their calling. But someone pays and someone profits. Over the years the cost have grown to a substantial portion of the Middle Class income. Those who pay, pay dearly. Those who profit do well. Those who cannot pay, fall between the cross-hair.
Once the cost of food cost the working man half his income. Now it is probably less than 15%. Now the rising cost of medical care is taking a bigger and bigger bite. We learned to be better at growing food. We can learn to be better at delivering medical care. But we must do it now, without killing the patient.