UPDATE to original comment below: Vote NO on this bill! Please remember that the Republican Congress and President ‘45’ is more interested in cost cutting for the federal government rather than providing AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE for ALL AMERICANS!
If this were not true, Washington would be actively, and publicly, pursuing measures that would CONTROL costs in the medical industry AND require health care insurance providers to provide FULL coverage for BASIC HUMAN NEED,
My humble opinion is that a single service provider e.g., the Medicare and VA system would be the best option. There are certainly issues with these systems, such as absolute unintelligible bureaucracy that seriously bogs down the efficiency and increases overall costs to the system, but this can be addressed and upgraded.
The best element, and least liked by our beloved free market capitalists is the fact that costs can be controlled AND LIMITED.
We MUST realize that the medical industry should not be in the business to make profit over human care. But that is where we are, and we MUST be strong enough to admit this. All I hear is “it’s too expensive”! Ask yourself WHY?
Do your research and review the salaries of those in the industry (Hospitals, Pharmaceutical companies, Health Insurance providers, companies that develop and sell medical technology and equipment to hospitals/doctors). Bottom line, people are making a “killing” off FELLOW AMERICANS that are in desperate need of medical services. This is not a moral approach, rather it’s a cold, bottom line first business (profit) approach.
Please vote NO on this bill, THEN REALLY FIX THIS MESS!
ORIGINAL COMMENT: We must amend the ACA that was pioneered by President Obama to be MORE inclusive, and expand its authority to establish pricing controls on services and pharmaceuticals. Our biggest problem is based on the fact that the health care industry operates first on profit and expansion, not on the welfare of Americans. Profit first, people second. How can we allow that to be. What value to our health comes from pharmaceutical commercials? What value to our health comes from hospital expansion, mergers, closures? You may argue efficiency, but all I see is absurdly posh buildings and grounds, high end hotels to accommodate ultra wealthy patients from overseas, high end architectural buildings with ornate art called hospitals. It's all about the money that ultimately drives up the cost to the patient. We need to amend the Affordable Care Act in a way that it can provide affordable health care to every American by controlling the cost to operate.