Getting the Ball Rolling on Healthcare

Actually, the title of this blog post applies correctly to something that happened a few years ago.  The Affordable Care Act, with all of its GOP-instigated compromises that made it barely functional for many people, got the proverbial ball rolling. Now it’s time to do more. Medicare for all isn’t a new idea, but educated Americans have seen enough of the current ACA system to know we need changes that benefit patients, not businesses.  The Affordable Care Act isn’t working for everyone, and the answer isn’t to obey Donald Trump and repeal it.  The answer is to develop a system … Continue reading Getting the Ball Rolling on Healthcare

This is Still Way Down the Road, but…

When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, there was no “Public Option.”  That meant no Medicare or other Single Payer program for the general public. Single Payer was eliminated from the legislation early because most people were terrified of it.  They’d heard Sarah Palin and other charlatans talk about Death Panels, with Governor Palin suggesting her youngest child could be killed by the government if such legislation passed. Private sector health insurers didn’t like the idea of everyone being on Medicare, either, for obvious reasons. Please don’t blame Barak Obama or Democrats in Congress for Obamacare’s shortcomings.  The … Continue reading This is Still Way Down the Road, but…