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Is government-run healthcare inevitable?

March 24, 2017

The most irritating thing about the ACA v. AHCA fight is not that GOP lawmakers didn’t have a plan in place for quick post-election action.

It’s that none of this is being driven from the common sense grass-roots level.

Every commentator covering the  AHCA debate and regardless of political bias, starts out with the same three words:

“(Name of party) demands that (fill in current demand).

Whatever name you call it, the health insurance coverage debate is about politicians, for politicians and because of politicians.

It isn’t hard to understand the President’s “get off the dime or move on” attitude.

Believe it or not, there are an awful lot of people that agree with him.

To paraphrase one independent voter:

“Just repeal the!*#%&! thing and move on.  The  !*#%&! insurance industry will sort it out for most people, because Blue Cross and the rest of them aren’t about to go out of business. Then if you want to cover all the poor people you can come up with a state or federal plan just for them.”

Seriously, if one of the major carriers, on its own, offered a basic no-frills plan for $150-$200 a month  with a $500-$1,500 deductible, do you really think people wouldn’t buy it just because the government wasn’t involved?

There are a lot of pretty good ideas contained in both the ACA and the AHCA. Addressing the pre-existing condition problem is a big one, given that from the day we are born we are deteriorating at the basic cellular level. That’s just been highlighted by a new study on cancer that has done extensive research on cancer-causing cellular mutations related simply to aging.

But is government the right vehicle to address that?

Part of the reason that insurance pre-ACA was so expensive is that young healthy people tend to think they are ten feet tall and bullet proof, so they don’t buy insurance.

Previously, insurance companies, instead of exploiting that market and widening the pool of the insured by offering cheap insurance, tried to cover costs by sticking it to the rest of us.

That was the whole reason the individual mandate was brought into play in the first place…to cover the butts of insurance companies.

Uh, in case you haven’t noticed, that didn’t work.

What about some non-government health insurance solutions?

After suffering through Obamacare for seven years, is it possible that some of the companies might actually innovate this time around and develop new products and a better marketing strategy?

And what about businesses?

Even prior to the ACA, some employers were offering assistance to their employees who owned their own policies. One employer offered a 50-cent an hour incentive to his employees to buy their own insurance, and within six months every single person on the payroll had insurance.

Apparently Congress doesn’t think any of that would work, and thus we have the AHCA.

What’s tragic about all this is that now people have been hooked on what is just another entitlement program.

If there is anything more addictive than chemical dependency, it’s government dependency.

Maybe the AHCA makes it out of the House, but it’s hard to see it making it to President Trump’s desk.

And maybe that’s not the end of the world.

From → op-ed

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