If you or your family are feeling any pain from healthcare premiums, deductibles and copays, then you know things are bad with American healthcare. It will get much worse as our population ages, particularly with the large baby boom generation.
We spend almost twice per person on healthcare than Canada, Western Europe and Japan. They are as healthy as we are if not healthier and live longer. They cover all their citizens too. We are being robbed.
Almost two out of every ten dollars spent today in the U.S. goes to healthcare. In ten years we could be spending close to three dollars out of every ten dollars with probably half that being unnecessary. The U.S. economy cannot afford this. Rising premiums, copays and deductibles are inevitable. No one is safe. This includes Medicare.
Americans are still hurting badly, as this pie chart shows how much debt collection efforts go into medical debt:
Medical debt triggers more than 60% of bankruptcy filings in the U.S. according to a September Bankrate survey. For the full article on this tragic subject from Yahoo Finance click here (please bear with the well earned short commercial).
The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is an expansion of the present wasteful system and still doesn’t cover everyone. We are also being plagued with increasing high deductible policies. Some like Obamacare bronze plans are so high that they are almost like no insurance at all.
We must copy from the better systems of the world as soon as possible if our country is to have real affordable healthcare for all. Our economic future demands that.
The first step is a single payer system similar to the original Medicare without insurance companies. This would eliminate the expensive menagerie of forms and complicated rules caused by having so many insurance companies. It would allow our hospitals and doctors to still be independent. The government would only collect the premiums and pay them.
This is going to be very difficult to do no matter what most Americans want. The big corporations spend millions of dollars for campaign contributions and lobbyists. They get what they want and we pay for it. Republican conservatives oppose government involvement in spite of the overwhelming proof that many other countries have been doing it better with single payer systems for decades.
This website will explore our options and how we can achieve them by overcoming the effects of campaign contributions and lobbyists. Democracy doesn’t work. You have to make it work.
WEBSITE TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE DEBATE: WHY REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVES ARE WRONG
THE DENTAL WORLD
PREVENTION OF ILLNESS