Mar 2017

Health Care Act

I thought i would give my two cents worth on this subject now that it has become obvious that we won't see any voting on the legislation that was being proposed to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obamacare in the near future.

A message for Congress. Please give us a health care system that is run by a free market via the insurance companies, and other health care providers and services such as HMO's. I remember when I was first getting out into the world after high school (1981)and a brief year stint in college. I could easily find affordable health care insurance. I worked in a warehouse and received health care insurance through my employer that was fully paid. It had a low deductible and I had coverage that was tailored to the needs of someone at my age and single status. I did not have a wife and kids and did not have to worry about paying for such coverage or coverage for other care that only women would need. Four years later I bought my own insurance through the Kaiser HMO while I was working as a courier. Again, I could pick the kind of coverage I wanted and did not have to pay for coverage of health matters that did not concern me especially at that age. I paid a mere $75.00 a month with a $500 Deductible.

We need to turn back the clock to when it was possible to buy health care insurance freely through any carrier and then tailor the policy to suit the needs of the individual. If the present system is not fixed we will end up with a completely government run Single Payer system that resembles the health care system in countries like Cuba or England. Neither country is known for providing superior, cutting edge health care or for developing new technologies that improves the care of those insured and needing health care. And equally as disturbing is the fact that millions of jobs will be eliminated in a Single Payer system. Already we are seeing jobs being eliminated and continued closures of hospitals and other health care offices due to the fact that they can no longer turn even a small profit. This will be enhanced under a Single Payer system and lead to rationing of health care, long waits in line and a economy that is going to be in serious trouble due to a large number of people being out of work over a few years.

And to the "All or Nothing" crowd that will not settle for anything but exactly what they want when it comes to replacing the current health care system. Try to meet the other side halfway this time around. Getting some of what we want such as the Penalties and Mandates eliminated and a more free market system circa 1985 would be a good start and a foundation to build upon. If you don't vote in favor to replace what we have right now, your Constituents will know that you voted to keep Obamacare intact and that it led to the Single Payer, government run system that will replace the Affordable Health Care Act if it is not at least partially dismantled. Think about that when you are prepared to run for office the next time around.

PLEASE DO WHAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT ON THIS ISSUE. REPLACE IT. IN PART TO START IS BETTER THAN NOTHING AND A FOUNDATION THAT CAN BE BUILT UPON AFTERWARD.