by Jess King, 2018 candidate for congressional district PA-16, at Lancaster Online, 5/21/17, excerpt:
…The reality we face is a rigged political system in which only the biggest, most entrenched insurance corporations get their way.
Over the past four decades, health insurance industry lobbyists have literally been writing our legislation and consolidating their control over a complicated system, while leaving the rest of us to navigate a perilous maze.
What we need is health care policy whose starting point is the concrete needs and experiences of everyday people. For most of us, deciding among competing insurance agencies is like pulling teeth. Which ones include the doctor I’ve been seeing for years, let alone the same health system? What is actually covered?
I attempted to get prices from different doctors last year as I rationed and evaluated spending toward my massive insurance deductible. They couldn’t give me prices for the procedures they offered; they didn’t know the numbers, or even how to get them.
Other numbers are available, and they are telling. The United States spends more than double the average of other developed countries and gets far worse outcomes. We have the highest child mortality rate in the developed world and lower life expectancy than our peers.
Other developed countries are more advanced than we are in making sure citizens have access to quality health care, and it costs them less than what we pay for a system that leaves millions behind. The money wasted on insurance company administration and bloated executive pay could extend coverage to America’s uninsured.
A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that most Americans support “expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American.”…
read the full column at Lancaster Online