Untangled Health

Consumers Unite To Drive The Changes We Need

Thumbs UP and Thumbs DOWN, WAY DOWN
“Ah, to be one and twenty in the blush of my youth”: A high five to the anti ACA crowd. I hope, but doubt the American People will understand the impact of proposed “new service payment products” on their own health as they age and the health of those who become ill or have a chronic illness. You know; the impact of smaller populations managed under risk contracts dubbed “Health Plans” where: if you are not sick AND if you are not old AND if you do not smoke YOU get a policy for $150 per month!
I am a proponent of the health care collaborative when the governance of these entities assures continuing care at a mutually agreed on affordable price to all consumers in the collaborative regardless of “Health Status”.
Oh the trouble we weave into our future with short-sighted decisions. I call upon the American Diabetes Association, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association and others to stand up and describe the possibilities should these changes occur without assessment of the impact on access to care, cost of care and quality of care as it relates to those who actually consume health care services.
Perhaps this is an opportunity for a public and private sector offering. A Medicare for all and a private sector alternative. What that leaves us then is a taxpayer bail-out of the industry for catastrophe; In this case; it is a predictable catastrophe. However, such changes leave behind an opportunity for high profit in the privatized, low consumption, population health care financing product and a large burden to those paying for the 10% of our society that consumes 70% of the services. “Us”.

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