The Affordable Health Care Act is about your quality of life – not fat cat insurance executives. America has been working at comprehensive healthcare reform for over a century. We cannot continue to let the special interests and lobbyists through fear tactics and their threats of socialized medicine – to decide our quality of life by dictating higher costs of healthcare. The problem will not go away ‘” so let’s get on with it.
In America, the facts are that the quality of care is often lower and health outcomes worse than other industrialized nations. If you agree that a shorter expected life, higher infant mortality, more diabetes, and more obesity is good – then vote Republican. Then you are irrational and debate is pointless.
If you agree with a healthcare system that is consuming more and more of America’s resources and will bankrupt the country and force out programs for education, reduce job creation, and reduce America’s competitiveness internationally — than agree with Republicans. Sure you can demagogue the issue and say that our free-market capitalist system will perform and provide better healthcare ‘” baloney ‘” spending on healthcare is now 18% (about $2 trillion a year) of the economy and at the current rate of growth, will swell to 20% of the total economy within a decade, and enlarge to 1/3 of the economy in 30 years: yet in industrialized nations elsewhere in the world it is less than half that. Connect the dots; America does not have the resources to waste $1 trillion a year on healthcare. We cannot create jobs in this country with the cost of healthcare at 18% of the economy growing to 20% within 10 years.
In America, we have in excess of 40 million on the way to 50 million people who do not have health insurance, this in the richest country in the world. The status quo is simply not sustainable. This problem is not going to go away with status quo treatment like the Republicans favor. Once again, they are on the wrong side of history.
Healthcare premiums have doubled over the last decade and are rising at a rate three times faster than wage growth. One third of the small businesses in America have dropped healthcare coverage for their employees since the early 90s and another one third have reduced health care coverage for their employees.
We have all heard about the unsustainable rate of spending increases for Medicaid and Medicare. If nothing is done, America is faced with the choices of raising taxes, overwhelming deficits, or drastic reduction in services. The solution is not the weak, knee-jerk reaction to abolish Medicaid and make it a voucher program, as Congressman Ryan (R. Wisconsin) has proposed. The answer is not to simply do away with the current Medicare and Medicaid programs, or making them voucher programs. The needs that Medicaid and Medicare address will continue to exist. The answer is to focus on the root cause of the higher rates of spending which are the growing and unsustainable costs of healthcare. This is not brain surgery and it not socialized medicine. Solving this issue is the single most important issue that will preserve America’s long-term fiscal health. It will prevent tax increases; It will also prevent a decrease in our quality of life.