Who can afford healthcare these days? | Journal-news – Martinsburg Journal

David Shapiro


With CoVid 19 spreading out of control, health care must be available and affordable for everyone.

With up to 300,000 people falling sick every day and up to 5,000 people dying daily from CoVid 19 (New York Times) the U.S. is at war with the virus. About 123,000 West Virginians have already gotten CoVid 19 and 2000 have died. Millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet. President Biden announced on Friday, January 22 that it will get worse before it gets better. (CNBC) https://cnb.cx/3rr1KDI

Thirty million people dont have health insurance. Another 44 million have such bare-bones coverage that they are always worried about the costs of getting care. (Commonwealth fund)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) has helped people with pre-existing conditions to get health care.

Bidens current efforts to further strengthen the Affordable Care Act would include

Because private insurance company-based health care is pricey, Biden proposes an alternative, public, government-managed option to try to lower the costs. Is it a good idea or not?

Some say that it would be too expensive. My answer: If the public option is more expensive than your current option, dont take it. World Health Organization explains that US is the most expensive system in the world and the better government run systems cost half or less of the US system.

Some people say that taxes will increase. However, we might pay for it directly, without raising taxes. And if the participants do pay for the public option in taxes, the rise in taxes would likely cost less than the amount you pay now to private insurance.

Some people are concerned that it would not give as good health care coverage. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked US 37 this year (and the past 15 years) in longevity and health care quality. The better programs were national government programs.

But will there be limitations to so that I cannot see my chosen doctor or hospital? The plan can be designed so that one can choose the doctor and hospital you want.

What if I want to stay with my current private insurance plan? its your option to stay with our current plan.

These changes would lower the cost of health care. And that is just what all of us West Virginians need in this health care crisis.

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