Universal Healthcare – Can it happen here?

I am a huge proponent of universal healthcare.  Yes, the kind that the right loves to call socialized medicine. 

I would love to see an individual payer system, like Medicare but I will settle for anything better than we have now.

For the last decade or so of her life, my mother had no insurance and in some cases insufficient coverage thanks to preexisting conditions.  Today, I am considered healthy; though thanks to family history I do have to take some prescription medication. 

I work for a major corporation and our insurance is horrible.  I have that Health Savings Plan and I have to pay the first $3000 of my medical expenses (including medication) at 100%!  That is no deductible, no discounts for most things.  After that amount, my plan kicks in. 

John McCain’s healthcare plan is really just the status quo.  Barack Obama’s doesn’t go far enough, though I agree, it is on the right track. Think of how close Hillary Clinton came in 1994. 

Today, Paul Krugman wrote an op-ed in the New York Times called Can it Happen Here.  It is worth the read.

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4 responses to “Universal Healthcare – Can it happen here?

  1. I have often wondered why some Americans are so opposed to the Idea of Healthcare for all.

    Is it because it feels too collective/Socialist in their eyes?

  2. That is how it was sold to us. Even though Medicare is universal healthcare for the elderly.

    They believe that they will be paying taxes that will go to other people.
    If we just sat down and calculated how much we pay for premiums, medication and care we’d realize that we would all benefit in the long run – which explains why every major country in the world already has some sort of universal healthcare in place.

  3. Thank you.

    Here in the UK we have the NHS, it has its faults(its still underfunded compared to other equally developed European nations) but people here can’t imagine not having it.

  4. From the limited information I have, I understand that there are flaws with all the systems worldwide, but having something in place is much better than not having anything.

    With one catastrophic illness, the uninsured or the under-insured could lose their home.