The American Health Care System is experiencing a dual Quality and Cost crisis. Our economy cannot sustain the cost inflation and rate of growth. Fortunately, the progressive movement toward Universal Health Careis on the horizon. It must be understood, that from a business standpoint, we are now paying for Universal Care, just not getting the benefits of improved quality and cost savings see Cost & Quality).
The continuing debate regarding whether Health Care for all Americas is a “Right” or a “Priviledge” is an interesting philosophical exercise, but not productive. This discussion keeps conservatives and progressives from cooperation to develop a meaningful solution to this major economic problem. All Americans must understand that taxpayers and insureds would see a reduction in their cost for health care under a single purchaser (Universal Health Care) system.
Providing Medicare to all Americans would enroll everyone into a managed system that would reduce cost of caring for uninsured and underinsured folks that now receive their acute care (when they crash) at high cost emergency rooms. Cost shifting would be eliminated. Individuals with major chronic illnesses would have their care managed to provide quality care at the lowest possible cost.