Which is this:
We want access to the best doctors and hospitals, low insurance premiums that cover every treatment and drug, doctors making shipload of money, we don’t want any rural hospitals shutting their doors, and we don’t want anyone to pay higher taxes.
Oh, and we want to stuff our faces, ignore doctors’ orders to exercise, smoke, not take care of ourselves and then expect someone else to pay the bills for our diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
There’s a reason politicians aren’t being honest with us – we want to have our cake, eat it too, and not get fat.
But there’s plenty of blame to go around; a huge barrier is the power of the healthcare industry – real healthcare reform means doctors, pharma, device manufacturers, most healthcare investors and the rest of us will make a LOT less money.
Did I mention doctors will make a lot less money?
Yes, Medicare for All would allow all of us to see whatever doctor or we want, and deductibles and copays will be a LOT lower.
But the money has to come from somewhere – which means a tax increase, and lower payments to healthcare providers.
Pretty much everyone in the healthcare industry will earn less, likely a good deal less.
How much less depends on how much we raise from taxes.
Please don’t tell me private insurers have the solution – they don’t. If they did, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are.
As I’ve reported here, the average family with one member in poor health “pays” about $23,500 for healthcare thru direct payments, insurance premiums, what their employer pays for insurance, and taxes for Medicare, Medicaid, and other government healthcare programs.
The good news is about $5,000 of that would be stripped out; that’s my best guess at how much administrative expense would be eliminated if healthcare providers and payers didn’t have tens of thousands of people on payroll fighting each other.
Oh, those tens of thousands of people will lose their jobs.
What does this mean for you?
Fixing healthcare is going to hurt you and me. A lot. There are NO solutions that get around this.
Anyone who tells you different is lying.