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Re: The US Healthcare Mass Debate

Post by Śiva » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:57 pm

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Post by Joe » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:05 pm

Public, private, or hybrid, I'm not picky. The current system is bleeding people dry.

Robert Samuelson's latest op-ed, Where did our raises go? To health care., is a good case in point:
A strong and growing economy is, by the textbook, supposed to put upward pressure on wages as companies bid for more workers and employees shop around for higher pay. All sorts of plausible theories have been advanced to explain why this doesn’t seem to be happening.

Demographics are cited. Well-paid baby boom workers are retiring and being replaced by lower-paid millennials; this drags down average wages. Or the Great Recession left workers and employers with psychological scars. Workers are more concerned with job security. They are leery of pressing for big wage increases, just as companies are leery of providing them. Mismeasurement of wages is another theory.

All these explanations may matter, but a major contributor — perhaps the major contributor — may lie elsewhere: health costs. Money once reserved for wage increases is now diverted to pay for employer-provided health insurance. A new study provides stunning estimates: For the bottom 60 percent of U.S. workers, wage gains have been completely wiped out by contributions for employer-provided health insurance.

“For many workers, rising health insurance premiums were eating up every last cent of their pay increases and more,” the study said. This affects how “people buy houses, save for retirement, launch their children into adulthood and otherwise try to get ahead in life.”
That rings true in my personal experience, and the trends don't look good. I'm holding on for Medicare, and have a good chance of making it, but a lot of younger people aren't so lucky.

Something needs to change, and our politicians are gridlocked. It's not a good situation, to say the least.
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Post by Tero » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:20 am

Our farmers are losing healthcare as rural hospitals close. It should be a major issue in our senator race, but very little has been in the press. Farmers can't use Obamacare well, as their income varies too much year to year. Some years they are too wealthy to get anything.

Out here, nobody is pushing Medicare for all as it is too hard to get in with that, for a Democrat. Out here the mentality is "yeah, give us the federal money but don't give us any government office." Just send it to their account I guess!
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Post by Joe » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:01 am

We've got a Democrat pushing Medicare for all running for Governor. The Republican doesn't really have a plan for health insurance, but thinks the State ACA exchange is unsustainable.

Given that I'm buying insurance through that exchange soon, I guess I'll have to vote for the Democrat. I don't see a chance in hell he'll get the Medicare for all, but he'll probably support the insurance exchange better than the Republican.
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Post by Tero » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:16 am

We had a single insurer running our state ACA plans in 2018. I only need it one more year, or 5 months of it. My wife needs it longer.
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Post by Tero » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:21 am

Barack Obama Endorses “Medicare for All”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/201 ... -good.html
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Re: The US Healthcare Mass Debate

Post by Brian Peacock » Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:57 pm

Tero wrote:Trump care allows selling insurance that...might let you see a doctor...or something
Proposed regulations out Tuesday from the Health and Human Services department allow health insurers to sell so-called "short-term" policies that can last up to 12 months. The plans don't have to meet the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections, or offer a robust benefit package.

That means short-term policies will come with lower premiums. The administration is hoping that will help several million consumers who buy individual plans but aren't eligible for subsidies under the Obama health care law.

Critics say short-term policies will draw healthy people away from the health law's insurance markets, potentially making them less stable and raising subsidy costs for taxpayers.
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Re: The US Healthcare Mass Debate

Post by Tero » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:24 am

Socialist healthcare! Trump op-ed.
It would cost an astonishing $32.6 trillion during its first 10 years.

This is indeed the result of a study on the program’s cost. The $32.6 trillion breaks down to about the same as what the US currently spends annually on healthcare. In 2016, the US spent $3.3 trillion on healthcare.
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Post by Tero » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:03 am

Republicans Are Going to Attack Medicare for All By Trying to Scare the Hell Out of Old Folks
Seniors might not seem like the most obvious target for an anti–single payer campaign. They don’t exactly have the most to gain from a new federal insurance program. But given that they already enjoy government health care, they also don’t have a ton to lose (aside from the choice of enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans, which are privately run). Right now, most progressive policy wonks are worrying about how Democrats can sell single payer, or a version of it, to Americans who don’t want to give up their employer-based insurance or who don’t want to pay higher taxes. Trump’s op-ed barely bothers talking to those groups. It only nods a couple times to the fact that Sanders-style single payer would ban most private coverage, largely to underscore the idea that Democrats (who, it should be noted, haven’t all signed on to single payer) are Maduro-esque commies.

But terrifying loss-averse elderly voters over health care has worked for Republicans before, and there’s reason to think it could work again. Throughout 2009 and 2010, talk of death panels and cuts to Medicare (which, in fact, were mostly just reductions in excess insurer payments) helped mobilize resistance to Obamacare. “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” may have become a liberal punchline, but that didn’t make it any less of a real sentiment. Today, Americans over 65 have the dimmest view of socialism among any age group, and some polling suggests they’re the most likely to oppose single payer. (Other surveys have found otherwise.) There’s every reason to assume Republicans will at least attempt to frighten aging baby boomers into believing Democrats are about to sell them out, in order to provide free health care for Mexican immigrants. And I mean that literally. Taking a page from the European right, which regularly casts immigrants as a drain on the welfare state, Trump’s op-ed argues that Democrats want to end immigration enforcement, so that “millions more would cross our borders illegally and take advantage of health care paid for by American taxpayers.”
https://slate.com/business/2018/10/trum ... r-all.html

We need the death panels, otherwise babyboomers hooked up to machines will drain the funds.
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