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
I’m voting for Hillary due to her shaky health. And I put forth the proposition that the best hope for the American people is that the next US president either quits his/her job as president or becomes incapacitated.
Either Mike Pence or Tim Kaine would make a better presidential leader in my opinion. Hillary obviously has health issues, notably her most recent stumble and prior disappearance after the Benghazi incident due to health problems.
Trump’s physical health appears stable. Mentally and emotionally, he is questionable at best. And he is wicked sly.
In an alternate scenario, Trump’s plan is to put “his man” in the White House. It goes like this: Trump leads the political attack, obtains the presidency and then resigns. Trump leaves Mike Pence as president.
There are no good choices in this presidential race. The best hope it to “play the odds” that we can get a good president via the vice-president. Sadly, I hope that Hillary quits the presidency or that Trump quits the presidency (if either is elected).
God bless America.