In the days after Obama defeated Hillary in the Democratic Primary, the Democratic Party was split. White woman versus black man – minority versus minority. And, though thrilled to win a Presidential election for the first time in many years, the new administration was faced
with the agonizing truth that the best candidate, Hillary Clinton, and her supporters had lost at the Primary. Hillary had endlessly stumped for healthcare reform and in the inscrutable way politics works, a bone was thrown to her supporters. Not much of a bone you see, but a concession to her, the Affordable Care Act, became commonly known as Obamacare.
Obamacare was the product of several unholy alliances – the insurance industry, and the American Medical Association, most notably. Without either one, no such Bill would ever pass Congress. Understand that ever since the U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations could spend endlessly on politics, little happens in the country unless some monied interest will profit by it.
The insurance industry decided that it was good business to extract billions of dollars from employers, people and the government for health insurance premiums. While the AMA and health care providers decided it was good for business for them to get paid some of those billions being extracted. Hence the result is that a plan originally designed to help people get healthcare, turned into profits for the insurance industry. Hospitals and doctors, as it turns out, pick up the crumbs since their pay is largely determined by the insurance policies.
What Hillary really wanted was a universal healthcare system more like the Canadian system. Here are some facts comparing what we have to the Canadian system –
The net expense to a Canadian family for healthcare is less than to an American family. The Canadian system is paid for by taxes, which amounts are much lower than Americans pay in premiums. In Canada, costs are controlled so that even with their universal healthcare system, only 10% of its Gross Domestic Product goes to healthcare. In the U.S. the number is 18% of GDP.
In Canada you can freely choose your doctor and hospital and keep whomever you might choose. In the U.S., “in network” lists restrict who your insurance company will pay. In Canada, the government negotiates drug prices so that they are affordable. In the U.S. the drug lobby made Congress declare it to be illegal for the government to negotiate drug prices.
In Canada, there are no co-pays or deductibles. Under Obamacare, the insurance companies will still avoid paying medical bills through co-pays and deductibles.
I have personally spoken to Canadians about their experiences with the Canadian system. They are generally pleased with it. They might have a delay in treatment,
but it is not a long delay and it is because there is an emergency ahead of them. Pretty much the same as this country. I could go on, but suffice it to say that Obamacare, though a well-intentioned plan to provide wider health care to citizens, is perverted and demented by the insurance industry profit motive. I never thought I would write this but – let’s ditch the Affordable Care Act, a//k/Obamacare. In its place let’s get some real universal healthcare to the citizens of this great country, like our neighbors to the North have. There is no reason the richest and most powerful nation on Earth can’t take enough interest in its citizens to ensure they have access to healthcare.
This country has a comparatively high infant mortality rate; sick children should have as much access to professional medical care in this country as in other countries, regardless of wealth or status. Sick and diseased people from all walks of life should not be left to suffer and infect others. This country needs universal healthcare, not a corporate get rich quick scheme.
For information on insurance rights please contact Gary E. Doane, Esquire, 230 E.
Monument Avenue, Suite D, Kissimmee, FL 34741, 407-648-2000.