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The forbidden fruit: Single-payer health care

Single-payer health care systems are used by the highest health care ranked countries in the world (World Health Organization).  So which of those great health care systems did the US Congress model “Trumpcare and Obamacare” after?
Answer: None

Fools rush in.  And Congress reinvents the wheel.  Obamacare, at a dismal #37 on the world ranking of health care systems, is now going to become “Trumpcare”?  Will that be a better system?

The Gig Harbor Times believes that a study of the worlds best healthcare systems would be the first priority.  Followed by an American Model developed by an administration and congress working in partnership to give us world’s best health care system.  (Or at least in the top ten best health care systems.)

We’re #1 ?  No. We’re #37 and sinking.


Interested in reading more about the relationship between single-payer systems and President Trump?
Read: The Washington Post’s “Trump’s Secret Love”

Expand Medicare to include all Americans

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

Healthcare in the US and what’s wrong with it

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