Our health care system is broken. We pay too much for too little. Obamacare is too compromised to do much about the real cost of health care. It’s primary purpose is to provide care to the uninsured it seems although eliminating preexisting conditions is a good thing. I support that concept and am willing to pay for it which is exactly what I do by paying the increased taxes.
I believe we should have a single payer system. I don’t think business should be burden with the cost of providing health care benefits. And much of the benefits they provide are partially paid for by the government. In fact, about 50% of the total health care bill is paid by government via tax deductions, medicare, medicaid, VA etc.
The government (Medicare) should be able to negotiate with drug manufactures and/or Americans should be able to buy drugs in Canada.
I do believe in Tort Reform.
Much more work should be done on prevention of disease starting with diet and exercise.
We need to look at how we handle the chronically ill and end of life people. 1% of our population costs about 20% of the total health care cost. And the top 5% account for 50% of the costs. Most of these cost are for hospital care. Hospital are some of the most inefficient organization around.
We spend a lot of money keeping people alive that don’t even know they are alive. I would rather spend that money on medical science so the the last year of life happens ten years later.
My republican friends will point out that the government is not capable of running anything well. I tend to agree with that but that does not stop us from having an arm service and there are many examples of companies not doing a very good job of running their business.
Obamacare has become so political on both sides that it may be doomed. Why in the world did the government not go to Amazon, Yahoo and Google and ask them to set up exchanges. They could have charged for this and/or sell advertising. Maybe it is not too late.