The Health Care Fault Line

Many hours have been spent discussing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with dire predictions from those who have opposed it.  It is not clear how anyone can object without offering an alternative which fixes the faults.  Clear or not, this has been a political mantra… “repeal Obamacare”.

Arguing that Obamacare will cost too much and may bankrupt many small businesses is a valid concern.  Also those who predict that due to higher insurance premiums, many Americans will elect to take less coverage or none at all.  These predictions suggest that fewer Americans will be insured under Obamacare than prior.  Hmmm.

As valid as these concerns may be, I am still waiting for alternatives that deal with pre-existing conditions, the omission of millions who do not have health care insurance, and the tendency of healthcare to treat illness as opposed to prevention.  Those with concerns about Obamacare would do everyone a great service if they included a description of a better system.

What another study?

My guess is that describing an alternative to Obamacare would not require a huge study.  Just look at what has been said already.  Costs, millions of Americans without coverage, and tinkering with best health care delivery system in the world.  True, true, false.  Hmmm.

There are about 20 other modern industrial countries with healthcare systems which cost about one half of the US, provide coverage for all residence, and deliver equal or better health outcomes when compared to the US.  Hmmm.

So… what about a bi-partisan effort to replace Obamacare with a universal health care patterned after German’s or France’s?  While this would lead to great success at much lower total cost, and would eliminate Medicare and Medicaid, there is little or no chance that Obamacare critics would propose such a solution.  Healthcare is big business and big business are willing to finance candidates to preserve the current system.

Americans are left with only an indirect method to bring on a truly better health care system.  Whenever the GOP votes to repeal Obamacare, demand that those voting in favor explain what they would propose as a better system.  Measure these recommendations (if these crafty politicians offer any) against the everyday experience in Germany or France, or 18 other countries and judge for yourself.

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