From the Lefthand Corner: Health care assurance, not health care insurance
It's health care assurance that we need in this country, not health care insurance.
What our society needs is the assurance of good health care for everyone, affordable and accessible for all.
What our society does not need is the wasteful practice of pouring huge amounts of our government monies into the pockets of profiteering insurance corporations.
Republicans, and then Trump, mislabeled and attacked "Obamacare" for seven years, all to their great success in fooling too much of the populace and too many of last November's voters.
They did all of that without providing or suggesting reasonable alternative or improvement.
Now, with unexpected majority status, it is time for them to produce.
So far, from what we've seen in just the last few weeks, is a devastating, hurtful conglomeration of provisions in Congress that will hopefully break down, or be modified along the way as more are made aware of its content.
It now stands as the "Trumped up Republican" answer to all the false and empty campaign promises that put them in office for these two years. (I've never been in favor of term limits, but they are the best argument possible for the shortest of term limits.)
I have a much simpler and easier suggestion to end our health care crisis, and to tardily join the ranks of other less wealthy and more responsible nations. Keep Medicare as it is. Drop the eligible age from 65 to birth.
Anyone have a simpler answer to a complicated, pervasive problem? It requires only one single, clearly understandable action. Apply Medicare to everyone.
I've challenged a number of our conservative, cost-cutting cohorts a number of times, over a number of years, to justify throwing 20 to 30-plus percent of our precious health care tax dollars into administrative costs of our health care insurance industry.
Meanwhile, our admittedly inefficient government entities are administering parallel programs for 3 to 5 percent.
While we are at it, try to justify our fairy tale giveaway to drug companies and their lobbyists, as we enable their addiction to exorbitant prices and profits by allowing the artificial, almost incomprehensible prohibition against an expectable right to negotiate drug prices to a more reasonable level. How do free market competition oriented conservatives justify that?
Insurance duplicates the need for recordkeeping and other administrative regulations and practices that have little or nothing to do with treating people's diseases or injuries, or making and keeping them well.
That's enough for this week. I'm very thankful to God for the somewhat socialized medicine I've received over the past 16 years. It has provided me with surgeries and procedures that were beyond my ability to pay or finance.
I would not likely be alive without the benefit of Medicare as it exists.