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This is what is desperately needed. An open discussion and a hard look at Universal Healthcare or as otherwise known, Medicare for all. Already the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that Medicare for all would have substantial savings over a ten year period. As of now ACA is barely holding on as the Republicans continue to chip away at the program and remove funding from different parts of the program.
One of the major complaints by people is their concern about keeping their doctors. How many people right now are part of an HMO program or an Advantage program where the insurance company limits one's choices of doctors and hospitals? Where is the choice in those programs? I personally joined an Advantage program one year and received a booklet that had a listing of hospitals and doctors in my area from which I can choose. (I live in Chicago and none of the best hospitals like University of Chicago, Northwestern Hospital or Rush Medical was on the list. Just a bunch of smaller 2nd rate hospitals.) First of all you have to choose a primary doctor who will check you and and make recommendations as to which specialist you will see. Within a week of joining an advantage program I called up a doctor to be my primary doctor who was listed in the book given to me by the insurance company to find out he no longer was in the program. Then I decided to call a hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital near where I live which was listed in the insurance booklet to get a recommendation for a primary doctor. Guess what? The hospital was no longer in the program. WTF? I gave up and weathered out the flu without any medication and relied upon soup, orange juice and plenty of rest.
I am glad that the Democrats have taken it upon themselves to not only start talking about Universal Healthcare but also to start investigating implementing the program and to look to see how it can be funded. To all those nay sayers within the Party. Good luck keeping your job when the majority of people would like to move in the direction of medicare for all.
By the way, drug prices are going to rise about 6% in 2019 including generic drugs. Also, I just got my drug plan booklet for 2019 and noticed a few drugs stopped being covered and some co-pays went up.