The Never Ending Conundrum of Healthcare in America

I love my health plan. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever had a plan to complain about. Perhaps I have been lucky that the companies that I have worked for provided more than adequate healthcare for my family and me. When I was blind-sided by cancer, the birth of our second child, and maternity leave, I found some solace in the fact that my health insurance at that time, provided by Santee Cooper, helped us through difficult times.

Was it perfect? no. I had to do my share of keeping track of co-payments and such, and the insurance company was often wrong, but nonetheless, catastrophic damage was averted. The ubiquitous subject is front and center again, as the democratic house has once more tried to usurp presidential powers and overturn a ruling on short-term health plans. Obamacare was and is a genuflecting shrine to the left, as his name is omnipresent, his knowledge omniscient, and his goals are to turn us into a land of Chinese Barefoot Doctors. But I stray.

In dismantling Obamacare, the Trump Administration last year allowed for short-term, limited-duration health insurance that can last up to a year or more. The Obama Administration limited short-term insurance to three months to force all into the Obamacare exchanges. I still think it’s rich that after all the time, effort and money were put into launching Obamacare, their website didn’t work. Something that someone on Fiverr could have done for a couple of thousand bucks, but all of the Obama administration came up empty.

Another grim reminder that Obamacare made healthcare more expensive for the middle-class, the backbone of America. The rich have their own, of course, and the non-working poor have Medicaid. Weighing in on the matter is noted healthcare expert Nancy Pelosi, with the usual vitriol rhetoric, claiming these are “garbage” plans designed to trick Americans. People in this country are on a budget, whether they know it or not. Most have some idea of what comes in, but many have no idea where it goes. As such, the monthly premium on health insurance is a big factor for Americans.

I have written countless articles and have told you time and time again, you don’t want socialized medicine. I’m not a doctor either, but I have been a patient. As I’ve said before, if your life or the life of a family member was on the line, do you want to go to the doctor who trained at Johns Hopkins, or the person who checked all the right boxes to get into med school?

How hard is that to understand? That boys and girls are at the crux of the heavyweight economic battle between capitalism and the other isms. I know I want the person who went to Johns Hopkins. You can get away with the “box checkers” in the social sciences because it’s mostly made up nonsense anyway, but physical healthcare must incentivize those that desire to be there. They generally are one percenters and should be. You can tax them all you want, but you might have to say thank you one day to them if they ever save your life.

About John Thomas

John Patrick Thomas is a four-time cancer survivor who lives with his family in South Florida. John attended Gettysburg College and The American University before embarking on an entrepreneurial career on Wall Street. He turned to the teaching profession after his life-threatening bout with bone cancer. John has recently written a #1 Amazon Cancer Bestselling book entitled, “A Call to Faith, the Journey of a Cancer Survivor.” He has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Washington Post, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center publications, and was featured in new DayStar network series, “Impact with Pastor Dave.” He has traveled as a missionary and may be one of the few people that tell you cancer was the best thing to ever happen to him. You’ll have to ask him why.

2 comments

  1. Ah, but as Britain is discovering, if you tax them too hard, they go away.

    3,500 doctors and counting, have retired, as in quit in the last couple years in Britain. Good luck getting the medical treatment you need when there are fewer and fewer doctors.

  2. Most of the reason medical care is so expensive is the third-party-pay system (insurance) and government regulation. My ENT doctor told me that two-thirds of his cost is compliance efforts. It’s obscene that filling out or checking paperwork for the government costs him (and us) twice as much as his actual services.

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