HEALTHCARE

Healthcare

 

WHY ARE WE PAYING SO MUCH WHEN THE REST OF THE WORLD PAYS SO LITTLE?

We have a government that has catered to the insurance and drug industry for too long.  They've let the insurance companies make profit off of our misfortunes.  They've let drug manufacturers flood our streets with opioids, while making fortunes from drugs that cost pennies.  

The U.S. spends more on health care per person, and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than any other advanced nation in the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  You would think because we spend more money we'd have the best healthcare in the world.  But we don't.  We rank last among high income nations.  We pay more and get less.

We pay insurance companies to make money off our misfortunes, while we already have a government system in place for healthcare, Medicare.   I've had private insurance, I've had medicare.  I can tell you from personal experience not only is medicare more affordable, but it is a lot easier to use, because almost everyone accepts it.

I've heard the argument when people say "I don't want my tax dollars going to pay for someone else's insurance."  That just doesn't fly with me.  There's a whole lot of spending in Washington that I don't want.  From tax cut outs to the rich, to wars overseas building nations while we have a depleted infrastructure right here in our state.

I've also heard the argument that people don't think healthcare is a right.  Our rights start with life, liberty and happiness.  It's hard to be happy when you're begging for money to pay for your chemo.  It's hard to be happy when you don't have a choice in doctors because of your insurance.  It's hard to be happy when you have to skip taking medication because you can't afford it.

If we believe in life, liberty and happiness, we need to put our money where our mouth is.  I support medicare for all.  This doesn't mean getting rid of private companies.  Even if you have medicare you get to choose private insurance for your part C and D medicare.  But if you choose not to get C or D, you can still get to a doctor, and not have to worry about going bankrupt.  We need a single payer system.