I read with interest and some dismay Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s recent press release concerning a bipartisan outline for health care legislation. While I applaud his efforts to find a bipartisan solution to existing problems in the ACA, many of the solutions he and the Problem Solvers Caucus proposed seem bent on solving problems from the point of view of the insurance companies and employers with over 50 employees.
I was happy to see him assert that “this isn’t the solution, but it’s a start to address the problems with the ACA.” Perhaps this could be a fix in the short term, but the very language used, i.e., “stabilizing the health insurance markets,” makes it clear they are talking about the commercial viability of markets and not people’s access to health care.
It seems to me that we need to move this dialogue to a completely different level — to begin talking about a “health care for all” model, like Medicare, and how to fund that. Markets are profit-driven, which means the primary motive is money and not health care. Health care should not be an industry, and it should not be in the marketplace.
The sooner our representatives in Congress can move the conversation to this level, the better. After all, the United States is virtually the only civilized country in the world without universal health care. It’s time we caught up.
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