This will shock Wanda the Teabagee Troll, but I favor national healthcare – Single-Payer or Socialized Medicine. Yep, that’s right. That’s why I said that my ideology doesn’t have a name.
I have no illusions. What I envision is not politically feasible and won’t be any time soon. But it’s what we should do. These are the main points of my healthcare reform plan:
1. The old system is convoluted, irrational, and extremely inefficient. Access to health care is uneven and we pay too much for what we get. The new system (Obamacare) is far worse. We NEED healthcare reform.
2. This is the United States of America. We are the wealthiest and most powerful nation in human history. There is no excuse for not having the best system in the world.
3. Every person in this country should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, but not unlimited or unnecessary healthcare.
4. Access to healthcare should not be dependent on employment status. Once upon a time it made sense to link the two but not anymore.
5. Private “for-profit” healthcare insurance companies need to be eliminated. They are leeches on the system.
6. Billing and administrative overhead needs to be drastically reduced. We spend too much money on people who only handle paperwork, not patients.
7. We need to ensure that medical professionals are adequately compensated for their services. If we don’t pay doctors enough, we won’t have enough doctors. And we need quality people in the healthcare profession, not warm bodies.
8. We need malpractice reform while retaining a system that guarantees appropriate compensation for medical malpractice. The Workers Compensation system may be the way to go. It is no-fault but places caps on pain & suffering as well as attorney’s fees. Getting injured should not be like winning the lottery.
9. We need to screen out incompetent doctors.
10. We need to ensure access to healthcare for people in rural areas and inner-cities.
11. The free-market system will not meet our needs.
12. National healthcare will not be cheap, but neither is our education system, our highway system, or our system of police and courts. It is doable, however.
13. There will be problems. No system is perfect, but we can do a lot better.
14. There will be waste, fraud and abuse. Some people will cheat. We can try to control it, but we can’t eliminate it.
15. Local control is better than a large federal bureaucracy.
I have some other ideas as well, but I’m hungry and I can’t think of what they are right now. Feel free to disagree.
Just be polite.