The United States spends $8,508 per person on health care costs. That is two and a half times more than the average of $3,322 for OECD countries. America also spends about 50 percent more than Norway, the next largest per capita spender. At George Mason University, the Mercatus Center found that healthcare spending will consume about a fifth of the US economy by 2021.
What are the consumers getting in return for this? Results cannot be seen that all of this spending is being put to use in a way that will benefit the people. The healthcare industry should be about the consumer and wanting to do what’s best for them, not large corporations making huge profits at the expense of the consumer. The US Government and the healthcare industry must start separating which part of these costs are actually buying the consumers better health outcomes and which part of these costs are government intervention in the health care market.
Do You Think Leaders are Making the Same Decisions You’d Make?
Obamacare is not “affordable” because it wasn’t intended to lower costs, only increase them (see video why). Obamacare created a way to give an insurance card to 16 million Americans. The lie was that it would save money.
As a medical economist, a veteran of rating and pricing, of more than 28 years, it’s time to consider real reforms before we leave more decisions to poor leadership. The direction we’re headed will guarantee us a healthcare system that looks like our struggling cities and schools.
Ordinary Consumers Are Paying For ObamaCare’s ‘Savings’
“ObamaCare may cost the feds less than anticipated, but it’s extracting far more from consumers’ wallets than they bargained for. …
Meanwhile, overall health-care spending has increased drastically under ObamaCare.”
When Obamacare was conceived it threatened the existence of many players in the “healthcare system.” These players gathered together to stop Obamacare from becoming law. To get the law passed and accepted by the healthcare system stakeholders, Obamacare authors provided access to all these parties to participate in Obamacare in a way that helped their position. Maybe you’d call this “bellying up to the bar.” They were afforded the opportunity to lobby their position and were offered incentives to accept Obamcare, or at a minimum not fight it. All the Stake holders got something except the American public. They were not represented and as a result they are now paying the tab in these higher rates.
Are you suspect of that this is true? If you want proof, read the law and you will find revenue that is earmarked for every stakeholder in the system who “bellied up to the bar.” If you unravel what was signed into law five years ago you will find only a token measure or two that helps Americans. And, at that, they’re only there because they made good sound bites for the public.
It’s amazing that with the intellect of so many, that so little was done.
Making the systematic changes that will make healthcare more affordable are not pie-in-the-sky ideas but ideas that will work. They will require hard work, if you want to help out, call me.
People should be put ahead of profit. I’m a business owner and would like more profit, but not at the expense of people. Well, that statement will send people zooming to another site. But, some read-on and those are the one’s ready to hear the message.
Are you still reading? That’s amazing. I’m not making a mass appeal, but I want to make the connection for people that our food profits are costing us more in healthcare premiums. Yep, our food system is making profit and sending people to the hospital in record numbers. Think it’s not true follow my white paper – owners health initiative.
25 years ago
my sister Patti said to Linda and I, we should drop sugar. Really, I said, what kind of hair brain idea is that I thought? Instead of engaging in a meaningful conversation over a bowl of ice cream, I, just like most people, did the only rational thing. I ignored her. We went on to talk about the kids, hers, mine weren’t born yet.
Okay, so I demonstrated what I call the psychology of food. What do I mean? Food is one of the last places of freedom. I mean, no body is, or was, going to tell me how or what to eat.
Don’t tell me what to eat
Americans do not want to be told what to do and food is a place where individuals can exert their independence. Who’s against that? I’m not, but, if you’re premium is increasing because people are being diagnosed with obesity as a disease (recent health news – see today’s google search image).
For a limited number of us, obesity is a hereditary issue, but for most Americans I think our food production system and profit is the problem (conservatives did you leave?). I’ve recently watched “Food, Inc.” and you should too. Then, I watched Aziz Ansari, comedian, poke fun at food but makes a good point. I merged both together into a 3 minute clip on food, watch for it on the Ben-TV channel (once I get their approvals to use their video). Or just watch them, their both on Netflix.
If obesity has an ally who or what would it be? If there is such a thing as an ally to obesity who wants that? Maybe a better way of thinking is, who is the enemy to obesity?
Not just my opinion
Our government makes bad decisions on topics like this. They don’t use science, they use popular, attractive notions to sooth the public (liberals did you leave?). Well, the public is you and me and if obesity is covered as an illness watch out for the coming tsunami of cost baked into your premiums. As a medical economist I guarantee you this recent policy change will increase our costs. Over the last 28 years in this business I’ve watched awful public policy and we’re not changing the way we make decisions and everything we try to legislate isn’t working. And, frankly, neither party is offering suggestions (did conservatives and liberals leave now?)
Is anyone still reading?
Trusting politicians and political decision making with our healthcare, medical system and food system is not a solution.
The problems in this country can be viewed in many ways. If you’re liberal big company profit is bad. If you’re conservative, pandering to the poor and lazy is bad. Really? Are these the only positions? While the off the chart right and left argue the problems just get bigger.
Obamacare is not solving the problem and never will and republicans don’t have an answer.
Fortunately, I have a great internist and a homeopathic Doc arrangement that is working quite well. I struggle with weight but otherwise am in good shape (for those using the numbers, I’m a BMI of 28, not great but okay). BTW – I did drop sugar and other things. Oh, about those movies, last summer we dropped regular chicken in favor of what Linda and I call, “happy chicken.” If you watch the video’s or my clip if gets approved, you’ll drop unhappy chicken.