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  •  Well I am with you... (0+ / 0-)

    on that!  Medicare for all...BUT...if you read my post, the last comment at the bottom as of this moment, persons like my friend and our conservative legislators is why we don't have it.

    ACA is a HUGE compromise for the private sector because too many people in this country are worried some 'undeserving' person may get health care for free that the shouldn't (a.k.a. the socialism boogey man).  The conservatives in power have no reason to fight that meme.

    Now my turn for disclosure.  I'm the poster child for everything that's wrong in our healthcare system.  I'm self employed, just turning 50 and have been struggling in what I call the 'private insurance shark tank' for many years, as did my mother and father before me.  All these years people like me and my family have been asking for help.  We've been raked over the coals and every effort to make changes was thwarted, every call for change or reform tossed aside and the problems got worse and worse.

    I was born with a heart murmur.  I don't need meds for it but talk to an insurance company and you'd think I was on death's door step.  My insurance rates have been going up relentlessly since long before Pres. Obama and the ACA.  My father, after being diagnosed with HBP couldn't find insurance.  BCBS said they would take him but not cover his HBP or any heart problems for two years and then he would be covered.  For two years he paid and then after the two year mark they jacked up his rates so high he couldn't afford the policy.  They pushed him out with pricing and he was back to square one.

    Like I said, the ACA is monstrosity mostly due to the concessions made to the profiteers but that doesn't mean we can't make things better.  I know of people who have already benefitted, such as my friend who was able to keep her child on state Medicaid even though she is now over 18 years old, her daughter has a learning disability and probably will not be able to have a good job with benefits. So for her and her daughter this has been literally a life saver.  

    So we're stuck with this huge concession to the private health care industry and we're going to have to make it work as best we can.  Which means highlighting potential problems as you have done, but we can't use problems like that to put a complete stop to the ACA.  It's an ugly baby but it's better then what we had before and hopefully it'll turn into something like medicare for all!

    •  Canada saves $600 billion/year. (0+ / 0-)

      Everyone covered, no copays or deductibles, no medical bankruptcy.  Costs average around 6k per participant/year.  Let's go straight to single payer!
      If I could just make one change right now I would reduce eligibility for medicare to 50.  I have been lucky to work in one industry to retirement while many of my friends have passed on due to the health hazards in the work.  Asbestos, fumes, accidents, all have taken their toll.  The medicaid situation for the 55+-65 is simply barbaric.  I don't see O'care evolving to anything without a strong movement straight to single payer.  Where I sit, so far from God and so close to the USA.  Just 20 minutes North there is happyville!

      •  I respect... (0+ / 0-)

        your intentions completely but we gotta face reality.  We aren't in Canada** and culturally we're very different. There are too many people like my friends and neighbors here in GA who really are willing to cut their noses off to spite their faces or are just flat out ignorant (heck I personally know people on Medicaid who refuse to admit they are on Medicaid).  That's the real problem, our cultural hang ups..

        So we have to deal with that reality.  Rolling back ACA will just leave us back with absolutely....nothing.... unless there's a big shift culturally soon and I don't see that happening.

        (**btw I don't know that I'd call Canada happyville LOL!, they have problems too, nothing is perfect but at least they aren't as hung up worrying about if the guy next door is getting healthcare he somehow doesn't 'deserve'.)

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