American Healthcare Is Not Dead Yet
Yesterday I went over the broad history of government assisted healthcare in America. Its origins, its effects, and how we’ve come to this point. I’d like to go on and talk about the earth-shattering bill which was The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. But first, would you consider becoming a part of the team? Your donations fund critical outreach, so that we can spread the word about critical issues facing our democracy.
I already talked about it yesterday, but one blog post is hardly enough to cover the landmark piece of legislation that is the Affordable Care Act. It tried to live up to its name, but modern health services are too complex to reign into one all-encompassing bill. It fails to make critical aspects of healthcare more affordable, such as medicine and the simple cost of a hospital bed.
It’s evident that the healthcare and health insurance industry needs some kind of regulation to check the rising costs of medications and basic services. But what will that regulation look like?
I believe a policy of minimum impact can turn American healthcare in the right direction. The current private insurance marketplace is completely unaffordable to the average American, so we need to do something to bring the costs down.
The government should expand medicaid to include Americans who make 200% of the poverty level, and include basic coverages that are necessary such as dental, vision, and other coverages. This government option should compete with the private industries, and compel their prices to go down.
Obamacare was only a big win for insurance companies, who rake in government subsidies while still charging outrageous premiums for the most basic coverage. Competition is the only way to force these prices down to reasonable levels, while still maintaining the highest quality of care.
I don’t think that a fully socialized health system is the answer for America. It would whittle away the private options completely while providing no significant benefit. All the while it would fall victim to the whims of changing administrations and pressures, both of which would be detrimental to its long-term stability.
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Any discussion on healthcare can’t be had without talking about the modern pharmaceutical industry, so I’ll be touching on that tomorrow.