(1) while the size of the federal government’s role in healthcare may be reduced, the sizes of the 50 state healthcare administration programs will increase – and this increase will include considerable duplication of efforts. Such duplication represents an overall increase in government – and an increase in premiums or taxes to pay for it. The Republican plan does not reduce government spending. It merely deflects it to the states.
(2) It is not clear to me that states need much individual flexibility in administering their healthcare systems. This so-called flexibility is a political need not a healthcare need. Again, the Republican plan does not increase healthcare flexibility. It merely allows conservative states to reduce it.
It is time for a single payer system in this country. I have discussed the reasons several times before, so will not go into them again. Healthcare is an issue of the commons. We ALL benefit when good healthcare is available. Because we are not changing the healthcare delivery system, a single payer insurance system is NOT socialized healthcare. That is a specious argument.
This is really a big battle against the for-profit insurance industry not the healthcare industry.
Who is YOUR congressman or congresswoman working for?