We’re spending 10% of our income on health insurance, and the cost of prescription drugs makes me angry. It’s pure greed! When you consider that the majority of people over 50 are taking some kind of prescription drug, like blood pressure medication, you have to wonder what big Pharma has over Washington.
Everyone should have access to healthcare but instead of getting rid of private insurance overnight, I think we should work with what we have and offer medicare for all who want it as we slowly convert to Medicare for all. Our health care problems are real. More than 27 million people are uninsured which means they’re not getting necessary treatments because they can’t afford them. Uninsured people can’t afford basic preventive services and are more likely to forego care for chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Think about the costs of NOT getting early cancer screenings or cholesterol checks!—
Another 87 million people are underinsured, which means high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs that could force them to choose between rent and health care. A lot of us just decide skip it altogether. Skipping that screening this year may have devastating consequences down the road.
A lot of seniors are Medicare Part D enrollees, but there’s no hard cap on out-of-pocket spending, which makes many people choose between their prescriptions and their electric bill. And there’s no incentive for Part D plan sponsors to control high drug costs. These problems are not rocket science. We can fix them. I support:
· Stopping the rising cost of prescription medication;
· Comparing drug prices in other countries to the price of the same drugs in the U.S. to determining pricing for drugs in the U.S.;
· Allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of drugs;
· Incentivizing private insurers to compete on price and bring down costs
· Requiring bigPharma to pay a rebate to the federal government when their drug prices increase faster than inflation;
· Shifting more coverage costs to Part D plans and drug manufacturers for responsibility catastrophic coverage;
· Authorizing imported prescription drugs;
· Increasing premium subsidies for low-income people
· Vigilant monitoring and screening for excessive price increases by drug companies;
· Establishing oversight boards to set the prices states will pay for drugs;
· Investing in telehealth, which would allow virtual visits; and
· Ending “gotcha” surprise bills from third party providers whose services are billed as out of network, gauging the patient for profit.
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