- Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, resulting in obscenely high obesity rates for the country.
- Our food chain is infested with overdoses of high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives.
- Americans smoke too much.
- Americans do not exercise enough.
- The country is in serious need of health care tort reform.
- Barriers to insurance company competition across state lines need to come down.
- Obama Care never “followed the money” to find out who is actually profiting from the ever escalating healthcare costs in this country and how to get those factors under control.
- Obama Care never got the immense amount of fraud and abuse in current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, under control in order to save money to efficiently fund other government health care initiatives.
- Obama Care never put serious research money towards curing the major diseases that drive high healthcare costs such as high frequency cancers and dementia type diseases.
- Using the Medicare website, www.medicare.gov, let’s start off with Medicare Part A.
- A young person who has been the workforce for less than seven a half years would be paying $413 a month for Part A.
- But they would not be able to access Part A benefits until the fulfilled a $1,316 deductible each year.
- Part B would cost that young American at least $134 a month but they could only access that benefit after fulfilling an annual deductible of $183 and even after passing the deductible they would still have to pay 20% of any medical bills incurred under Part B.
- So, already this young American is paying $547 a month before paying for deductibles but there are more Parts to pay for. Part C, which would cover vision, dental and hearing needs can range from $30 to $200 a month.
- If we assume the midpoint or so for Part C, about $100, then the monthly “Medicare For All” cost is now $647 a month.
- Part D, which covers prescription medicines, costs $10 to $100 a month so taking the midpoint of so, say $53, the monthly cost for the first four parts of Medicare is now about $700 a month.
- But don’t forget you cannot partake of the Part D benefit until you fulfill the $400 annual deductible.
- If you go for Parts G and H, which would help pay for the excess charges under Part B, that will cost you another $50 a month but only after you fulfill an annual $2,100 deductible.
Thus, not only would costs go up, but health care quality would likely go down as the number of quality, smart doctors decreases over time. Higher costs, lower quality, not exactly a winning formula.
- On average, every American eats about 76 pounds of sugar every year.
- The sugar amount a consumer eats every year on average is up 8% since 1970, i.e. Americans from a sugar perspective are eating less healthy than they did almost 50 years ago.
- A study by The Lancet found that a whopping 74% of packaged goods on supermarket shelves across the country contain some sort of sweetener, either sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Another month, another set of stories of higher insurance premiums, higher deductibles, and politicians who still do not understand that no matter how much you apply an insurance solution to a public health problem you will still never fix the issue of high healthcare costs in this country. More unfolding disasters of Obama Care next month.
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