Health Care Reform

A new compromise is bubbling to the surface among Republicans in Congress and the White House, one which would gut the requirements that health care policies actually cover anything of substance. I simply don’t understand. Other than prevention, the time we most need health care is when we’re sick or injured, and then care tends to be expensive. Selling cheap policies with sharply limited coverage is like offering no health care at all.

No other developed country goes in this direction. Places like Singapore, with much better outcomes than we have at much lower cost, all use some form of single-pay system which covers people for what they need.

Republican control of the levers of political power means that such a travesty could actually be enacted, which for me begs the question yet again of why people vote against their own self-interest. For all the cogent explanations out there, I simply don’t get it.

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