Posted: 03/09/17 12:31
by Dave Mindeman
The host on a cable network had a Republican Congressman from Georgia on his show (a member of the Freedom Caucus) and he asked the Congressman a very pertinent question...
Please name any country anywhere on earth that has a successful free market capitalist health care system. Name just one.
He couldn't. He deflected back to the Ryan plan. He was stumped to name anything that works.
All of the other industrialized countries that deal with health care have government run health care. They vary on coverages to some degree. They vary on costs to another degree. But they essentially work and the people who live there are satisfied if not happy with how it all works.
Here, in the US, we keep trying to do the impossible. We try to make health care a commodity. It isn't. Health care has to be an individualized care based system that needs to be out of the profit market and into the outcomes market.
Insurance companies only partake of the health care market if their is a profit based system. That means premiums have to exceed costs...and with health care there is no safely predictable cost benefit analysis that can be relied on.
People get sick. Often without warning. They can go from no health care expenses to expenses that consume their entire income. In the blink of an eye.
Obamacare (the ACA) is the closest we have come to meeting the criteria for an outcomes based system. The ACA focused on prevention which should mitigate future costs. They widened the risk pools... if maternity benefits are placed in all policies regardless of need, it reduces the costs for those that require it. They placed mandates into coverage so that we don't have different care for different incomes.
Yeah, it had its flaws. But the problems related to an attempt to merge a government system with a market insurance system. And that market insurance system has never worked properly since the beginning.
The simple solution to all of this is Single Payer. Cover everybody, for everything, all the time. Health care is not a commodity whose goal is to find the cheapest alternative. If you have a health problem you want the best care to make sure you get the best outcome. You only have one life and taking chances with it in a roulette game of insurance coverage is not something we want or need.
Even if this Republican atrocity of a health plan passes through Congress, Minnesota may have an opportunity to opt out with their own plan. And that is our opportunity to change the trajectory on health care...at least for Minnesota. The Minnesota Health Plan is ready to go. Ready to solve all of these market problems. It is the health care fix we seek.
Read about the plan HERE.
We have given insurance driven, market driven health care every opportunity to work. And Republicans will continue to sabotage the ACA until it cannot work.
So what do you say Minnesota. Let's opt out of the crazy health care game and make this state a very real part of the solution.