(español) Politics should be the art of the possible. I’d work with all the reasonable, honest people in Congress I could find (stop laughing, there have to be a few) just like I’ve done elsewhere, using the same methods.
First, we need to consider framing the things everyone can agree on.
- Many cannot afford healthcare or healthcare insurance
- even healthy people like me pay more than 10% of income into health insurance today
- Many health issues are preventable – with care or with lifestyle changes
- Core health services can include
- treatment/prevention of contagious diseases
- treatment/prevention of heart attack, stroke, cancer and other potentially fatal conditions
- treatment/support of accidental injury
- health counseling based on statistical data (delivered mainly online? some already in place, e.g. CDC)
- prenatal care for mothers, care for children from conception to transition to adult care
- support for the special needs of the disabled, the elderly
- other services we can determine in the services design process
What else can we all agree on? What are your concerns with this approach? I’ll update this solution as I hear from you. I believe we can do this together.
Please text or e-mail me your thoughts on this, contact me here.
As healthcare costs have risen, the solutions tried have created new problems. For some, healthcare is more accessible now, while for others the costs have skyrocketed. The Affordable Care Act made health insurance mandatory (or we pay a fine), but since the cost far exceeds the fine (by ten times or more!) more and more people are paying the fine and left uninsured. We’ve simply given health insurance to one group and taken it away from another. Jump to my solution process.
But it’s worse than that. As healthy people exit the system, the fines they pay at tax time do not make up for the lost premiums, so insurers increase the premiums for the rest, which then causes more healthy people to exit the system, which of course means lost premiums and this continues until the whole system collapses or else the penalty for not having insurance is raised to tens of thousands of dollars. Here is our latest letter from our insurer, raising our premiums for just my wife and myself to $16,050 per year from $13,064. We used to pay $4,800 per year not that long ago, which was still a lot.
Some people seem to want a Congressman that is wealthy and doesn’t have these problems. Maybe you’ll think I could get a better deal or I must be doing something wrong. But if you want someone who understands how ordinary people live, that’s me.
Now, if I took a job as an employee, this would be less. But my work is similar to being a plumber, electrician or building contractor, and while it pays better than working as a clerk in a store, I don’t get employee benefits. Like lots of folks in our district, I get paid by the hour, and more companies are seeking contractors so they don’t pay benefits and they can get rid of them without unemployment claims. And my work is naturally about moving around solving problems, too.
I’m going into this because some people think every problem is the individual’s fault. But while we may all contribute to the costs in some way, or have voted the wrong people into office, some folks are going to work on a contract basis, and the current healthcare system costs are too much.
I have some ideas on how to improve things, and since I’ve been working for a healthcare provider lately a few ideas have come to mind. I’ll write those soon but in the meantime we need to get people into office that aren’t paid by healthcare providers, or any other special interest. Send me.