Despite numerous republican efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act, the law still continues to move forward throughout the country. The initial issues facing healthcare.gov are gradually being mended and an increase in the amount of people signing up is starting to roll in. It’s unfortunate that many news networks refrain from reporting the good side of the ACA. Many are still hung up on twisting the facts and opposing new solutions.
Luckily, Vermont has seen a different side of the story. The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. In addition, states were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were somewhat free from the glitches the federal site suffered. Vermont decided to up the ante by becoming the first state in the union to pass a single-payer universal health-care law for its residents, which includes a prominent slogan: Everybody in, nobody out.
The system is expected to be fully operational by 2017, funded by Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. Everyone will be able to go to any doctor or hospital in the state free of charge and free of any headaches of plans to figure out, new insurance forms to mull over, or any other fine print.
This program will provide an instant boost to the state economy. Without costly medical bills or increasing premiums, citizens will be able to use their money for other things. Also, without having to pay for employee insurance, the employers will be able to provide better wages to their workers and reinvest into their company, as well as add jobs.
Sound too good to be true?
To ensure that the system is implemented correctly from the start, Vermont hired Dr. William Hsaio, the Harvard health care economist who has helped craft health systems in seven countries, as their adviser. He estimates that Vermont will save 25 percent per capita over the current system in administrative costs and other savings.
The country is beginning to move in the right direction towards health care coverage. America must keep in mind that even when the Affordable Care Act is smoothed out and functioning properly and every citizen is covered, this system is still being motivated by a for-profit system by companies that only care about their bottom line. Regardless of guidelines in the ACA which avert insurance companies from extorting their customers, insurance companies are still providing horrendous policies.
Under a single payer system, all Americans would receive comprehensive medical benefits. Coverage would contain all medically necessary services. The only bottom line in this system is that care would be based on need, not on ability to pay.
Watch Bernie Sanders discuss his state’s plan in the video below: