I heard today Republicans plan to make the Affordable Health Care Act, (Obamacare) the center piece of the next election cycle. Democrats like that.
One problem with our current system in the U. S. is that it is overpriced and has poor quality compared to other countries. This probably is not important to the avaerage Joe.
More important is the individual’s personal encounters with the system. Does the average person buy health care and think, “That was pretty good”?
I think the average person encounters frustration and the perception of unfairness. We get too many bills in the mail that we don’t understand.
The prices of things one buys in health care vary as much as 800% according to the attached article. Unlike most everywhere else in the world’s economy, if you walk in and pay cash for health care, you pay a huge penalty. As the article explains so well, it’s like going to the cashier’s window and learning it you pay with Visa its $3, Master Card $2 and cash, $32.
The problem is our health care is trying to operate as if it were part of the market system we have in capitalism. But, health care does not have the characteristics needed to function like private market.
Markets need both sides, buyers and sellers, to have roughly similar amounts of information. When there are faux prices and bills we cannot understand, market transactions do not take place.
I think the public is ready to put more government into it.