It wasn’t so long ago that almost nobody had health insurance and that was a good thing. Getting sick was affordable. You just paid the doctor a reasonable fee and that was that.
It wasn’t all that long ago that your employer paid for most or all of your health insurance, there was no deductible and you could go to the doctor whenever you wanted. They actually encouraged people to go to the doctor a lot on the theory that staying healthy would lower overall costs, which is true. Insurance companies no longer care about overall costs. All they care about is short-term, quarterly profit. So what if someone gets cancer a year from now because they couldn’t afford blood screening today? The CEO will have golden parachuted out of there before the overall bill comes due.
Then came the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Now most people have $10,000 deductibles, pretty much nothing is covered, and a normal person who gets in a bad accident or otherwise has serious medical problems, will still go bankrupt unable to pay 20% of the costs after meeting the $10,000 deductible. Twenty percent of a serious medical bill is far more than most people can afford.
Of course the ACA is not all bad. It ensures health coverage for all, including those with pre-existing conditions, but ultimately all it does is ensure you will get treatment. There is nothing affordable about it.
Used to be the answer to the question “what’s more important than our health?” was answered with “nothing is more important than our health.” Now the answer we get from the D.C. Republicans and the weak Democrats is that insurance company profits are more important than our health.
It doesn’t have to be that way. It wasn’t this way just a few years ago and it’s not this way in much the rest of the world. Our horrible healthcare system is something we can change. Something we can make better. I want to help with that. I can help with that.