For an overview of the issues our country faces in revising and improving our healthcare system Click Here.
It was the Democrats under President Obama that proposed and passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By most measures it was very successful, greatly reducing the number of uninsured citizens.
The reason to implement the ACA was driven by the high cost of healthcare in the US. We pay more for healthcare than any other developed country and have much poorer outcomes. In trying to understand how this discrepancy can exist, one factor stands out, every other country has some form of universal healthcare. Our poor results overall are largely due to the poorer health of our uninsured population.
Despite overwhelming evidence that a universal plan would make things better, there was massive resistance against a plan "run by the government". Remember the ads for "death panels" that would decide if it was cost effective to continue caring for elderly patients? The greatest comment heard from a protestor is that they wanted the government to "keep it's hands off my Medicare" which is, of course, run by the government.
Republicans have been resisting "Obamacare" largely because it was passed by President Obama. They have another issue though. People and companies who make money from providing healthcare are opposed to any sort of changes. Politicians, largely Republicans, who get money from these individuals and companies are determined to do their bidding.
The big losers in reforming our health system would be insurance providers and drug companies.
Our current system allows insurance companies to keep roughly 25% of every dollar spent on insurance for profit, salaries for executives, and bonuses for share holders. In a government program, such as Medicare, the cost to administer the programs is about 3% of premiums paid - there are no salaries for executives or bonuses for shareholders.
Drug companies charge US companies and citizens what ever they like because our government doesn't allow groups (like Medicare) to negotiate prices with the suppliers like every other country in the world.
Bernie Sanders had some comments about President Trump's plans to reduce our drug prices. See what he had to say - Click Here.
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