Health insurance is a basic economic issue for all Americans, not just the 30 million people without coverage.
Republican efforts to turn repeal of the Affordable Care Act into political theater exemplify the party's detachment from ordinary lives in troubled times.
Easy assumptions about access to affordable care disappeared along with jobs in the recession. Medical problems have no respect for employment or party status. The most frugal family budgets are vulnerable.
Republicans, with their repeal vote in the House of Representatives and Wednesday's charade in the Senate, truly reveal how much they do not get it. They rant about Obamacare as they willfully distort the fiscal impacts, and fail to offer a single idea of their own. Random speeches do not count. Where is their star-spangled legislation to provide relief for anxious families?
Since when did it happen that because a family is experiencing anxiety, we're all supposed to kick in and salve the wound?
Let me educate Mr. Dickie to Valentine's Axiom (my name/my axiom). The further removed the payor gets from actually cutting the check, the higher the inflation rate for services rendered.
If you need any examples just look at higher education. More money for student loans, Pell Grants etc. education inflation is double the CPI.
I'm old enough to remember when health insurance was called "hospitalization" because nothing was covered until you were on a gurney in the emergency room. Then some bright insurance executive came up with a great idea. Let's pool together all of our policy holders, negotiate terms for everything and that will slow down the costs of inflation. We'll call it an HMO and save all kinds of money for policy holders.
How did that work out?
Years ago, I went to the pharmacy to get a $14 antibiotic and the clerk insisted on my insurance card. After I told him I had no script coverage, he told me " you know that will be a lot cheaper if you have the coverage". I then challenged him to tell me how's it's so much cheaper for me to pay an extra $40.00 a month when I've paid $14.00 for the entire year for one script.
How did people become so stupid to this reality?
A couple of months ago, I was approached by a laser eye center employee who told me they could do the laser surgery on both eyes for $800.00. I'm old enough to remember when people were paying $5,000 to have that done and yet the technology is better and the price has dropped.
I'd bet a lot of money if the government got involved, the prices wouldn't have decreased at all.
Same with cosmetic surgery, where boob jobs were only had by the rich and famous. Now with the swipe of a credit card you can practically get one in a drive through window.
I continue to believe that the day when people start actually cutting the checks for their own healthcare, prices for services will drop dramatically. I only have my opinion and thousands of years of human history to back me up.