Can't keep track on the latest with health care? ( except to know when it comes to getting rid of those for profit bottom feeders driving up costs you're guaranteed to save their profits first and actual sick people will come last or maybe you are aware of all of the lobbyists pouring money on Congress as well as ads on your TV trying convince you to guarantee their profits)
You're in luck. The New York Times is running an online spreadsheet with the latest proposals. It's a matrix.
It's just unbelievable. Not only are they refusing to really deal with costs, which are greedy profits and beyond belief bureaucracies, but now the taxes to pay for it all look regressive, including an additional payroll tax. Remember bi-partisan is just another term for written by corporate lobbyists.
Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders has started a petition for real health care reform (don't get lost in the Matrix!)
Our current private health insurance system is the most costly, wasteful, complicated and bureaucratic in the world. Today, 46 million people have no health insurance. Even more are underinsured with high deductibles and co-payments. Close to 20,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have regular access to a doctor. "The time is now for our nation to address the most profound moral and economic issue we face. The time is now for our country to join the rest of the industrialized world and provide cost-effective, comprehensive quality health care to every man, woman and child in our country. The time is now to take on the powerful special interests in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries and pass a single-payer national health care program."
Please sign Senator Sanders Petition. Come on, let's get the money out of this debate and get something that actually works.
Here are some facts Sanders has on his website:
- The United States spends $2.3 trillion each year on health care, 16 percent of its Gross Domestic Product;
- Americans spend $7,129 per person on health care, 50 percent more than other industrialized countries, including those with universal care;
- The U.S. does not get what it pays for. We rank among the lowest in the health outcome rankings of developed countries, and on several major indices rank below some third-world nations;
- The number of health insurance industry bureaucrats has grown at 25 times the growth of physicians in the past 30 years;
- In 2006, the six largest insurance companies made $11 billion in profits even after paying for direct health care costs, administrative costs and marketing costs.
- Medicare has administrative costs far lower than any private health insurance plan;
- The potential savings on health insurance paperwork, more than $350 billion per year, is enough to provide comprehensive coverage to every uninsured American;
- Only a single-payer Medicare-for-all plan can realize these enormous savings and provide comprehensive and affordable health care to every citizen.
Private Insurance Power & Health Care Cost Bloat