Healthcare costs and prescription drug prices continue to be a problem in this country – especially after the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, known by many as Obamacare.
Costs continue to go up. There is still a lack of transparency as most people still find it difficult to understand hospital and doctor billing.
The best healthcare decisions are made between the patient and their doctor. But now Washington continues to creep further and further into the medical room with government bureaucrats becoming more and more intrenched in healthcare.
The day she cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, Jeanne Shaheen promised us that it would be “more cost-effective health care.” Well in New Hampshire those forced into this system lost their private health insurance, insurance she and other politicians had promised people they could keep. And those who chose a Silver ACA Plan saw their Premiums go up over 77% in just one year from 2017 to 2018.
Overall increases in ACA/Obamacare premiums in New Hampshire have averaged 21% per year over the course of the last three years.
Jeanne Shaheen advocated for killing Medicare as we know it with the Bernie Sanders “Medicare for All” socialist scheme she endorsed in 2017. The projected cost of this socialism is nearly $1.4 trillion a year! As CNN reported: “to pay for it, all Americans and job creators would see a tax hike.” All Americans – all New Hampshire taxpayers – would pay more for her scheme and see Medicare for the elderly wrecked in the process.
We need to look at other successful reforms to continue fixing this problem, including the use of Guaranteed Benefit Pools to stabilize insurance markets, removing barriers to increased competition, and requiring more price transparency for medical services.
We can have more affordable prescription drug prices, lower healthcare costs, and better care but we will never get there with a one-size-fits-all mandatory government take over of the health care system like Jeanne Saheen has supported.