The Obama Administration has said that the public option is not the critical issue. Without a public option, there is no real competition to private insurance costs. The co-ops themselves and other reports about them came out yesterday to say that they cannot provide that competition. HR 3200 is another giveaway to big corporations, because it will not provide good health care to us but will guarantee protections to insurance companies. The Senate wants a bill to provide even less for us. We would be better off with no bill than any of the ones proposed this year. Obama never should have taken single payer "off the table," as it is the only cost effective answer to health care.
Rep. John Conyers introduced a bill, HR676, several years ago to put all Americans under Medicare. This bill, which has been reintroduced in the current Congress, has provisions for preventive care and some coverage of alternative care. It would cover every American. Medicare costs only 2% to administer, so if this bill would pass, the cost of healthcare immediately drops by the elimination of the private insurance companies' 25% overhead, including their profits.
Everyone understands Medicare. People choose their own doctors and other providers who are paid by Medicare. The government negotiates with the providers for the payments and should be allowed to negotiate with the drug companies. In other countries, the drug costs are much lower because of their governments negotiated lower prices.
60% of US bankruptcies are due to medical bills, and most of those people have insurance but must pay co-payments or for bills not covered by their insurance. These costs are in the thousands of dollars. If the sick person cannot work or does not have a high paying job, how can they pay these bills?
Medicare should be financed by taxes. These taxes would be lower than insurance premiums, because the cost of health care would be lower.
We are paying trillions of dollars for current wars, past wars, and military readiness without questioning those costs, but we quibble about paying much less for our own health. We need to change our priorities to provide good health care for ourselves first, then pay for other
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