The health care system in the United States is nothing short of amazing. We are capable of extraordinary technologic feats, treating previously fatal ailments and peering unobtrusively into the depths of the human body.
It is an amazing system, but that doesn’t mean it’s not broken. That is something that Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and most everyone else can agree on.
Why is it broken? Let me list a few reasons:
- The costs of this amazing system are just too high and continue to grow.
- The high cost means that if a person is not incredibly wealthy or well insured, then he or she is not going to have good access to medical care.
- People who are insured can lose that insurance, sometimes just by changing their jobs or perhaps sometimes just by becoming ill.
- People who are already sick with a condition often can’t get coverage for that condition.
- Sometimes people who are covered by insurance aren’t covered well enough to make their medical needs affordable.
So while everyone agrees that something needs to be done to fix the system, that’s where the agreement and civil discourse stop. We seem to be stuck because no one will agree on exactly WHAT causes the failure in the current health care system.