Instead of re-inventing the wheel, Congress should expand Medicare to include healthy young adults ages 18 to 29 (18 to 29 is an arbitrary numbered group to start).
The best part of this idea is taken from the Obamacare playbook. Young healthy adults contribute to the funding of Medicare and are not as great a health burden as older adults.
As the 18 to 29-year-olds age, the Medicare age bracket advances to accommodate the aging population.
Example: You become eligible for Medicare while in your pre-30-years. And you stay eligible for Medicare as you age.
This plan would squeeze out the in-efficient and expensive patchwork insurance plans currently in existence.
What about existing 30 to 64-year-olds? Most mature adults already have healthcare and would continue on their plan until reaching age 65.
In essence, this is a self-growing Single Payer Healthcare plan. Best of all, it already exists.
See: US ranked #37 out of 191 countries by the World Health Organization
The current US healthcare system is a patchwork of clinics, hospitals and independent practitioners linked by a maze of insurance programs. Obamacare managed to patch the patchwork maze of healthcare choices and throw it to the American public to make their own choices.
The World Health Organization ranks the US Obamacare system at #37 out of 191 countries. Countries better than the US are Chile, Columbia, Spain, Malta, Belgium, Cyprus, Morocco, France, Spain, Japan and many others.
The US, at #37 is ahead of Cuba at #39 position.
So how does the US improve? Ditch Obamacare and move to a Single Payer Healthcare plan.
France, rated as #1, has a national health insurance scheme similar to our Medicare. And France does it for less money. Lower cost, better healthcare!
So how do we get there from here? Riot in the street? Curse President Trump? Republicans? Curse Congress? Probably none of the above. Education is key. The American public must be given choices – but the right choices – not an overhaul of a patchwork healthcare system.
This means prohibiting the insurance companies and their lobbyists from influencing Congress. Congress must act in the best interests of the American people – and resist the big money insurance companies.
The US needs to move to a Single Payer Healthcare system. Streamline the paperwork process and weed out the parasitic insurance plans.
Tell your congressperson that you want a Single Payer Healthcare system.
World Health Organization – Paper on MEASURING OVERALL HEALTH SYSTEM PERFORMANCE FOR 191 COUNTRIES
In 2013, the Gig Harbor Times.com posted an article questioning the disappearance of the bat population. Prior to 2013 we observed many bats during summer months. At dusk, just after sunset, bats were seen swooping and fliting about as they fed on insects.
The US Forest service seems to answer that question in a confirmation of the bat “white nose syndrome” fungus presence is Western Washington as of October 2016.
The Gig Harbor Times suspects that recently discovered evidence of “white nose syndrome” in Western Washington has been present for many years. The decline of our local bat population is scientifically undocumented and only observationally reported in the Gig Harbor Times.com
What does that mean for Gig Harbor and Western Washington? Bats consume thousands of pounds of insects including mosquitoes. The Zika virus and West Nile fever are two emergent diseases that first arrived on the east coast. In 2012 the east coast, coincidentally, experienced a massive die-off of bats (5.7 million bat deaths) due to the white nose fungus.
Mosquitoes breed in small standing water sources. Breeding grounds can include gutters, plant pots, blue tarps, old tires or anywhere water can accumulate. The Gig Harbor Times.com recommends that one should inspect their surrounding environment for sources of standing water. Both renters and homeowners need to be responsible for their personal health protection in this coming fight against emergent diseases.