Published on Jan 6, 2017
I will forever fail to understand why this is so complicated. Simply extend 'Medicare' to everyone. The system is already in place. All it needs is a few tweaks to cover dependents. Doing this would enable the current system to negotiate with pharmaceuticals as well as to providers what reasonable charges would be allowed. As it now stands 'Medicare' pays 80%. Those desiring more coverage (just as they are now allowed) could purchase additional coverage if they so desired from private insurance plans.
Even if this required 10% in payroll deductions it still would be far less expensive monthly then any of the plans out there (including Obamacare).
How about this... Congress writes a proposal and runs it past the CBO. It's never been done, so why not. If it doesn't pan out so-be-it. But hell we'll never know unless we give it a shot.
For those naysayers who fear a government run healthcare plan I have this to say. Which would you rather. A government run healthcare plan which taxpayers can put pressure on their representatives on what coverage is provided OR insurance companies where payers have no say whatsoever in what they will provide or refuse to provide.