United States representatives often hold town halls with constituents in their home districts during a congressional recess. Plans with much lower premiums are certain to be attractive to many people. He’s interested in reviving the public option — a government-run plan that would compete with private insurance on the exchanges — as well as opening up Medicare or Medicaid to those who want to buy in.
More elected Democrats are following suit as Republicans struggle to get their deeply unpopular health care bill past Congress. The components of that spending come from federal, state, and local governments (primarily Medicaid, Affordable Care Act ACA subsidies, coverage for federal employees, veterans, military families, and so forth).
In America, the high cost of medical education, a reimbursement system that favors specialists and a poorly supported primary care network have decimated our primary care work force. Julie Arkison remembers what it was like to buy health insurance before the Affordable Care Act created standards for coverage.
This one is the real kicker for most health care stakeholders, rivaling cost concerns as the top reason single payer has never had a real chance of enactment. Medicaid covers over half of all poor families, one in five adults of color, and over half of children of color.
Such centers already exist throughout the country, many providing state-of-the-art primary, mental and dental care for low-income people at about $1,000 each a year. The only requirement would be to cover pregnant women and children under age 6 with incomes under 138% of the poverty line, and children 6 to 18 below the poverty line.