Edit: As of Friday afternoon, Sens. McCain (hard no) and Collins (somewhere shy of hard no) have announced opposition, stalling the measure. Let’s hope it stays that way, and that both parties can work on a real plan to improve the healthcare system. The blade is not yet to the throat, nor the gun to… Continue reading How the Republican Healthcare Mess Makes Sense
Insurance functions on risk pools. Think of this as the old jar of jellybeans, where you guess how many of each type are in there. In this case, each person pays to put their jellybean in a jar. There are all kinds of jellybeans, and insurers pay the sum of what’s in each jar, using… Continue reading Healthcare is Jars of Jellybeans
The Democrats took their crack at major reform with the ACA, and since January the Republicans have been seeking to answer it (after their long chants of “Repeal and replace”). But the answers they have produced so far cannot and will not be the final say on the matter. They have to know that. The… Continue reading Why Don’t Republicans Want the Last Word on Healthcare?
The Republican-championed laboratories of democracy, the states, could be used to figure out what’s needed for healthcare in the 21st century. Let the states tinker, find out what works, and then we’ll see it spread. But those experiments are not needed. We have scores of experiments conducted all over the world. We have all these… Continue reading When an Experiment is Unneeded
Given the amount of control the wealthy have over the state and federal governments, this might be the best market-driven solution to healthcare. The basic outline is that the rich will pay less in taxes (limited to the portion paying for health-related services) as healthcare costs decrease and coverage levels increase. Since they care enough… Continue reading Trade the Rich Their Taxes for Healthcare