Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing the idea of a universal health care system in the United States. He is among the front runners in polling, so it is actually having an effect on housing stocks. The U.S. already spends more of its GDP -- 17 percent in 2017 -- on health care than any other nation.Question: Would a universal health care system benefit the U.S. economy in the long run?Phil Blair, ManpowerYES: Universal health care will level the playing field for a basic human need. There will be very hard questions about what services are basic and what higher level of service can be bought on the open market. Also, if government cannot provide consistent, quality health care at an affordable price, we will need to empower the non-government, private sector health care system to cover all Americans. Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic ResearchNO: Government and government-subsidized insurance companies currently account for most spending on health care. … [Read more...] about Econometer: Would universal health care help the U.S. economy?
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By Letters To The Editor | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 7, 2019 at 2:10 am | UPDATED: April 7, 2019 at 2:11 am Jagger like many in nationswith universal health care Re: “Stones’ Mick Jagger to have heart surgery” (Page A2, April 3): Not surprised to read that Mick Jagger is going to have heart surgery in New York City. Isn’t it nice that he is having surgery in the United States instead of in England, where he is a citizen? Like most rich people who live in countries that have universal health care, they come to the US when they are very sick because they would to go onto a waiting list for their treatment in their own country. . Carl PolitisConcord Submit your letter to the editor via this formRead more Letters to the Editor Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Letter: Mick Jagger like most people in nations with universal health care
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and longtime climate change advocate Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) are expected to introduce sweeping legislation to transform the United States economy and job market, including changing a nation that currently fills 17 percent of its electricity needs from “renewable” sources to 100 percent in just ten years. Axios first reported that the proposed legislation, citing a Green New Deal document linked to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign website, could be announced as early as next week:The Green New Deal is a set of vague, but broad progressive policy goals seeking to transform the economy in the name of fighting climate change. It has risen from obscurity to prominence since the November election, with Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star, leading the charge. Democrats eyeing presidential runs — including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris — are backing the general concept of the Green New Deal, which is sure to play a role … [Read more...] about Markey/Ocasio-Cortez to Unveil Climate Change Bill: Green Energy, Job Guarantees, Universal Health Care
By Letters To The Editor | January 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm Universal health care saves on admin costs and profits Re: “How would universal health care actually work?” (Letter to the editor, Jan. 15): In his recent letter about universal health care, Bill Behan asks the right question: How would it work? With employer-sponsored health care, employees usually pay part of the cost of their health insurance and companies pay the rest. For me, my wife and my son, the out-of-pocket cost with Kaiser was $1,750 per month just a couple years ago. So all of us are already spending an enormous amount for health care. The current system spends around 25 percent on insurance processing and profits, whereas a government system would only spend on average about 4 percent, based on what has been shown in many other countries. Instead of companies and people paying for health insurance, taxes would be raised. Because we’re not paying for admin costs and profits, the … [Read more...] about Letter: Universal health care saves on admin costs and profits
By Letters To The Editor | December 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm Increasing desire for universal health care The recent November election results gave us the clear message that we must change. We were given a clear window into the future. Especially our “younger” voters are telling us how health care as we are managing it is unacceptable. My belief is that there is an increasing desire by many, especially younger, voters that we need universal health care. We have the most expensive health care system of all developed countries but with very deficient care, especially for those with poor economic resources. I believe it is time to bring health care for all Americans into reality. One of the first benefits may well be fewer people losing their homes due to health care costs. Fredrick FordWalnut Creek Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Letter: Increasing desire for universal health care