What a RETARDED opinion that is so typical of the FAKE NEWS media. I expect more from the online community.
(1) Medicare and Medicaid spending topped $1200 billion in 2016. That is approximately twice the total defense spending of about $600 billion and over 100 x the $11 billion spend on the F-35 in that year. $406 billion is the total program costs which includes all the acquisition, maintenance and operation of the F-35 over its service life of about 40 years. If you want to talk about program costs, the unfunded liability of Medicare and Medicaid are $80,000 billion and $30,000 billion respectively, totaling over $110 trillion.
(2) For Healthcare to be affordable, some people must do without it and some of them MUST DIE! Got it? Sounds harsh? That's the unfiltered truth if you can handle it. If there is always an ability and willingness buy something regardless of price, it'll never be cheap. Why will I sell a car for $15,000 if everyone will buy it at $150,000? If society will find a way to pay for Healthcare regardless of the costs, healthcare will NEVER be affordable and ultimately when you run out of other people's money, society will go broke! It's that simple.
(3) The problem with Healthcare isn't that some Americans do not have Health Insurance. The problem with Healthcare is that Healthcare is expensive! The goal of any reform should not be to insure more people or to subsidize healthcare for those who cannot afford it. The goal of any reform should be to make Healthcare cheaper so more people can better afford it with or without insurance. You will NEVER accomplish that with subsidies, entitlements or nationalizing the industry. Since there are so many MORONS who like to bash defense, let me give you a simple analogy you can identify with. The US Government is, and has always been, the SINGLE PAYER for DEFENSE procurement. Has it made the F-35 cheap or affordable? Think about that and realize the stupidity of the Liberal logic.
(4) The ONLY WAY to affordable healthcare is to make it an INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY and limit insurance to catastrophic payments in excess of tens of thousands of dollars. If you have to pay for every doctor visit, for every pill prescribed, for every bit of lab work, for every MRI and for every surgery out of your own pocket with insurance (if you have it) stepping in only if you have spend more than $25,000 a year, what do you think will happen? $19.95 office visit signs will pop up in front of clinics because the other clinic has a $24.99 sign up. Nobody will sell $200 a pill drugs because nobody will buy them. Labs will post prices and hospital TV ads will advertise $14,995 flat fee Heart Surgeries with no money down and interest free payments (maybe even a get well cash back offer)! That is how you lower costs -- price awareness, price competition, no blank check.
(5) My 8-point Healthcare Reform idea is very simple:
- Repeal the ACA, Repeal Medicare, Repeal Medicaid
- Limit Health Insurance deductibles to a minimum of $25,000 a year before anything is covered.
- Make ALL Healthcare expenses and up to $25,000 a year into Health Savings Accounts tax deductible
- Make Federal Loans of up to $250,000 per lifetime available to all US Citizens if they need it for Healthcare
- Federal Health Loans are collected as a tax lien at up to 10% of income or from the estate of the deceased
- Make Medical School (MD) 5-year program you enter upon leaving high school like in many countries
- Make Nursing School a 2 year associate degree
- Permit re-importation of FDA approved drugs from any country if patents have expired
You do that and Healthcare prices will plummet like the price of LCD TVs, cars and smart phones.