I’m going to do my best to keep this in GQ territory, I hope you’ll all do the same.
There’s been a lot of talk about Healthcare in the campaigns and debates and neither candidate is really talking about true universal healthcare. Any time it’s mentioned anywhere everyone screams about the cost, and there’s no doubt that it would be expensive, but what is the actual math on the real price to the average worker?
Here’s what I mean:
I’m sure there’d be a new line item on everyone’s paystub with a “Healthcare Tax”, what are the projections on what that number would be?
What is the current average charge to employees right now?
How much does the average employer pay on the employees behalf?
Would Universal HealthCare essentially solve the issue of Medicare and Medicaid’s entitlement shortfalls? If so, what is the projection of the cost of this without universal healthcare?
Where does perscription cost fall in the most common UHC proposals?
I know that all of this has a lot of nuance that I’m not considering, feel free to add any details from a monetary standpoint that I’m overlooking. For example, what would the difference in coverage be? Currently pre-existing conditions are not covered nor are most prescriptions. What’s the cost of those issues to the average customer that falls outside of current coverages that would be covered by UHC?
Do Not offer your opinion on whether the US Government can effectively manage a UHC service. I’m not interested in turning this into a free market vs. socialization debate nor am I interested in supposition about the fate of R&D in a UHC system.