America’s Biggest Issues: Health Care

America’s Biggest Issues: Health Care

One thing most Americans agree on is that our health care
system needs an overhaul. Some people believe the answer is more money from Washington and bureaucratic agencies
making sure everyone is following the rules. Others suggest we should import the kind of government run models they
have in Europe and Canada. A third option would
redirect our current system. Putting patients and
doctors in the driver’s seat and making healthcare providers
and insurance companies compete for customers. As you weigh the options, here are a few basic
facts you need to know. Long before Obamacare came along in 2009, Washington was already in the business of picking winners and
losers in health care. Shortly after World War II, we began giving tax breaks to those who got health care via their employer. In the long run however, the biggest winner was
the insurance industry. As more and more people
became members of group plans as opposed to purchasing
individual insurance. More Washington meddling
occurred in the 1960s, with the creation of
Medicare and Medicaid. While created with good intentions, these government programs have
skyrocketed in terms of cost but have nosedived when it
comes to consumer choice. Instead of allowing
individuals to decide where and from whom they want
to get their medical care, Washington makes that call. Selecting various special interests to qualify for those tax dollars. And then came the mother
of all meddling, Obamacare. With a huge push to not
only expand Medicaid but to take over what was left of the private insurance market, through more government
mandates and regulations. The result? Premiums doubled in the first
four years of Obamacare. Last year, the average monthly premium
for individual insurance was $476 per person per month in the 39 states participating
in But while premiums have gone up, choices have gone down. In more than 80 percent of
counties across the country, there is only one or two health care plans available on Obamacare Exchange. That means millions of Americans
now have far fewer choices when it comes to their doctor
and health care network. Perhaps that is why less than half of the 24 million people
projected to sign up have actually done so. And for the ones who have, the vast majority, over 86 percent, were put on Medicaid. Which by the way, doesn’t insure they now have health care. Because increasing numbers of doctors and other medical providers are no longer accepting Medicaid. So what about trying out what
we’ve seen in other countries? A full blown government
run health care approach. Let’s start close to home, by considering our neighbors to the north. When compared to 11 similar countries, including the United States, a recent study shows that whether it’s emergency room visits,
same or next day appointments, seeing a specialist, or
getting elective surgery, Canada’s wait times are the worst. In fact, in 2016, Canadians waited an average of five months for medically necessary
specialist treatments. Maybe that’s why almost 60,000 of them visit the U.S. and other
countries each year for medical care. And speaking of other countries, over in the United Kingdom, where they’ve had 70 years to figure out how to run a government
controlled health care system, over 80 percent of doctors there say their work places are understaffed. That probably explains why
over 50,000 nonurgent surgeries were canceled in 2018, when their system was
overwhelmed by flu season. So if more money and more
direction from Washington isn’t the answer, and neither is putting everyone in a European style
national health care system, what is? Well what if we tried the
completely opposite approach? And put individuals and patients,
also known as consumers, in the driver’s seat. As opposed to the government deciding which medical and insurance
providers get your tax dollars, you decide. Think about it. An industry after industry. Where businesses have to compete, what happens? Choices and innovation increase. Prices and other barriers
to access come down. A similar approach needs to be taken in reforming our healthcare system. It won’t happen overnight, but even a small step
in the right direction shows the possibilities. Seven states that obtained
waivers from Obamacare mandates, giving them the freedom
to try new approaches are now projecting higher
enrollments in 2019, at significantly lower costs. 30 percent lower in Maryland. Almost 20 percent in Alaska and Minnesota. And 15 percent in New Jersey. And all the approaches used
to achieve these savings relied on tools that helps those with preexisting conditions
get access to care. And that’s just one
example of what can happen when the operating
philosophy is more choices in competition as opposed
to one size fits all. Individuals and families
have different needs and preferences when it
comes to most things in life. Including their health care. It’s time our politicians
respect their wishes and our laws allow more choice.

Comments (7)

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  4. For decades, the US had "choices and competition" for access to health care. That's how we became the nation with the greatest health care expenditures without universal health care, with >21 million uninsured adults, and 2/3 of bankruptcies caused by medical debt.
    This video is SO full of misleading information, half-truths, and lies, I'm glad the Heritage Foundation has become the laughingstock it is.

  5. This is both misleading and false. You are one of the major problems in our country.

  6. I'm British and very satisfied with our healthcare system. The last six years ive had bowel surgery with six follow up colonoscopies, all good. Then ive had hernia surgery, again all good, and ive my heart checked with a CT scan and MIR scan, again all good news. No anxiety how i'm going to pay, all taken care of through taxes. My wife had a pituitary adenoma when she was only twenty two, a very high risk head operation, she's now sixty four and has been going in for yearly check ups as an out patient, again no anxiety with how to pay or sell the house. My wife has American relatives so we get to hear about what concerns them most and yes you've guessed it, HEALTH CARE. 🇬🇧🇬🇧

  7. Is simply incredible that I cannot get a cash price on a simple annual dental checkup/cleaning in the US. The government needs to get their dirty hands out of Healthcare.

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