Walter Hinteler wrote:
On the other hand, the OP started with
Universal Medicare has been proposed as a solution for the uninsured
Medicare is very popular government insurance among people who qualify for it by reaching a certain age (I forget the exact age, but it corresponds with retirement).
Some politicians have suggested expanding Medicare coverage so anyone can buy into it, regardless of age; but that idea has been rejected by Republicans.
My general perspective is that insurance artificially inflates prices/costs in health care, which makes it more expensive for uninsured people to self-pay.
If no one was covered by insurance, through their employer or government, many people would simply not be able to afford current health care costs, so those costs would have to come down or else large numbers of people who are currently covered by insurance would be excluded from health care.
So I posted this thread to see whether both Republicans and Democrats could agree on the ideas that:
1) Student loan holders should be given (affordable) access to health care through the VA (veteran's administration) or Medicare, because when they die they lose their repayment status and stop paying, so it might be worth it to keep them alive.
2) Republicans and others who favor universal self-pay as a way of de-socializing artificial demand caused by insurance and government, might want to speed up the process by creating self-pay prices for the uninsured to pay for services at rates higher than the copays and out-of-pocket expenses paid by Medicare and VA users.
It's just an idea, because I get tired of the stalemate between Dems and GOP where Democrats want to keep prices/costs high and subsidize them to expand coverage to more people; and the GOP wants to cut subsidies and only use regulations to harmonize drug prices between the US and other global markets, such as Europe and Australia, where the same drugs generally cost less, as I understand it.
I also get tired of the health care industries influencing the politics to avoid losing money. If some businesses end up making less money because of changes in policies and/or markets, they should just accept that.