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Friday, January 06, 2017

Obamacare

Obamacare. Republicans us a lot of words: Repeal, Repeal and Replace, Repeal Delay and Replace. Never: Improve.
 The US has excellent health care. But it is by far the most expensive in the Western world. Addressing these high costs is way beyond my knowledge and brainpower. But seems to me that we could start with the high costs of medical and nursing  education. We should also increase use of paramedics and other alternative, such as home care. Maybe use of a lot of government clinics could be employed. 

Obamacare does very little about improving the health care system. Instead, it seeks to spread the costs and help more people take advantage of the cost-spreading. So insurance premium payers are all sharing costs. Of course, using insurance companies incurs the additional costs such as marketing, executive high salaries, and shareholder profits. Clearly, it would be better to have all US taxpayers share the costs under some system like Medicare-for-All.

Let's hope for the best.

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