I want Universal Health Care aka *Single Payer Insurance* vs Mean Trumpcare


 

I want Universal Health Care aka *Single Payer Insurance* vs Mean Trumpcare
 


19 July 2017 at 7:38:36 AM
salon

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Trumpcare is mean. Trump even, this weekend, called it mean.There are a lot of reasons why the bills are truly vicious, here are some of them from the Senate Bill.. 

  • States have more authority to reimpose lifetime and annusal benefit caps and eliminate essential health benefits.
  • Protections for people with pre-existing conditions is destroyed.
  • Older Americans would get socked with mch higher premiums and costs
  • Biggest tax cut for the rich is retroactive.
  • Fight against opiate addiction is crippled.
  • Salaries for health insurance CEOs can go through the roof

And, as Vox reports 

The Better Care Reconciliation Act, one health insurance industry source warned in an private email obtained by Vox, would “cause most small employers’ premiums to go up” and “leave consumers at risk.”

But i do want to talk about universal health care, which is essentially Medicare for All. If we, as a country, can spend so much money not merely on our own military but spending to train and support other countrie's military, as well as extended wars in other countries, we can pony up for the people who actually live here and are citizens of the United States. It's worth noting that a number of civilized countries in the world provide this already for their citizens. I don't think Affordable Care Act was perfect, it had flaws, but rather than regress to Mean Trumpcare, we should just go to the next step and prioritize healthcare for EVERYONE.We are almost entirely alone among the world's developed countries that do not provide universal health care.Atlantic, from 2012

That brings us to another way that America is a big outlier on health care. The grey countries on this map tend to spend significantly less per capita on health care than do the green countries -- except for the U.S., where the government spends way more on health care per person than do most countries with free, universal health care. This is also true of health care costs as a share of national GDP -- in other words, how much of a country's money goes into health care.

"The overall level of health spending in the United States is so high that public (i.e. government) spending on health per capita is still greater than in all other OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] countries, except Norway and the Netherlands," according to a recent OECD report, which covers most of the developed world.

 

 This recent article points out how popular the idea of universal healthcare is, but also shows who is against it and why.

In both the recent YouGov and Morning Consult polls, for example, the age group most opposed to single payer was the only one that basically already has it: those 65 and up. In other words, single payer for me but not for thee.

That’s not because older Americans hate their experience with Medicare and wouldn’t wish something similar upon their worst enemy. To the contrary, those on Medicare are more satisfied with how the health-care system works for them than people on private insurance are, according to Gallup survey data.

Rather, seniors are probably worried that expanding government coverage to more Americans could put their own generous benefits at risk. That is, they want single-payer enthusiasts to keep your government hands off their Medicare.

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Many of the stories in the booming “blue-state reporter ventures into Trump country” genre have featured Trump supporters with deep hostility toward Obamacare, among other government programs. Some of these Trump supporters are, perhaps puzzlingly, themselves Obamacare beneficiaries, receiving government subsidies for private insurance on the individual exchanges. But often what these Trump voters say they want is not a return to pre-Obamacare days; rather, they want in on the great insurance deal that they think their lazy, less-deserving neighbors are getting.

The US lags behind other developed countries in life expectancy vs health expenditures.

...the importance of life expectancy, and the country's dismal standing in it, suggests the United States should be more than a little skeptical when any politician — as they so often do — proclaims that any policy changes threaten to change “the greatest health care system” in world history.

After all, if our health care is so great, why are we paying more and dying sooner?

People prioritize, in their own budgets, what they want to spend on. If a country, as most of the developed countries in the world do, want to spend tax money to have a healthy population or at least help those less fortunate when they fall ill, then that is, to me, a better priority than giving tax cuts to the rich or huge amounts of spending on the military. And popular opinion now shows people want it.  

 

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