When it comes to providing medical coverage for Americans, Conservatives and Liberals are in complete agreement that the other's approach provides less care at greater cost.

Republicans say that waste and inefficiency endemic to governmental bureaucracy would lead to higher cost for less care when the government provides health care. Democrats say that profit driven private insurers are giving us less care at higher costs.

So let the free market decide!

Allow anybody to buy Medicare coverage. Add a 1-2% profit margin. This would instantly provide a cash infusion into what we know as Medicare today, i.e. government health care for the elderly and disabled.

Allow Medicare to compete, in the open market, with private insurers, for people in their 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. These demographics are the profit generators for medical insurers.

Allow the Republican mantra of 'Free Markets!' to settle the issue of who can provide the best basic medical care for the lowest amount of money.

If Republican's are right, people won't buy into Medicare and this 'buy-in' program will fade away. If Progressives are correct, people will flock to Medicare, thereby generating surpluses to fund Medicare for the elderly and disabled. Private insurers will then cater to the wealthy who want, as Thom says, 'Cadillac Care'. Private rooms, gourmet food etc.

The next step would be to allow anybody to buy into VA medical care.

Comments

Add comment

Login or register to post comments

Latest Headlines

Pulitzer Prize Reporter Exposes Trump’s Lack of Wealth, Mob Ties, Failure to Support Charity, and Much More

Author: K.J. McElrath is a former history and social studies teacher who has long maintained a keen interest in legal and social issues

Taxpayers Fund Yet Another Unneeded Building in Afghanistan

The latest disclosure raises the total for surplus buildings uncovered by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction to nearly $42 million

Hillary Clinton email trove shows concern with Netanyahu's psyche

As US secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent plenty of time in daunting foreign territory

Community Archive

Time To Start Treating Guns Like Abortions

It's time we start regulating guns like we regulate abortions.

Because it just makes sense that we regulate these individual rights in the same way.

Because the Supreme Court, in the Heller case, concluded that there is an individual right to own firearms found in the Second Amendment - just like they ruled in Roe v. Wade that there is an individual right to have an abortion found in the Fourth Amendment.