Published: 8/17/2020 12:01:21 AM
The lead article of Aug. 11 Monitor announces a huge spike in the number of medically uninsured resulting from job losses caused by the pandemic.
A national study discovered 40% of those laid off lost their insurance, tens of thousands in New Hampshire, many times affecting spouses and children. The loss of insurance in the past three months exceeds the annual loss of any year in history.
What this pandemic exposes is the fragility of America’s employer-based health insurance system. A once-in-a-century event created havoc with the distribution of health care, placing the economics of both families, health practices, and hospitals in jeopardy.
Added to the problem is the cost to these individuals of replacing this insurance with unsubsidized Obamacare products.
What America must do is declare health care a secure right of each American and the way to do that logically and affordably is through the government. Taking the obligation of insurance benefits away from businesses in a worldwide economy makes sense.
The pandemic has exposed the illogic of America’s current health care system. We lead the world in medical research; many – not all – communities are blessed with good doctors and hospitals, but the cost and distribution of health care is our Achilles’ heel.
The administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will certainly work toward improvement. President Trump shows his commitment to logical health care by working to overthrow Obamacare, the last administration’s beginning in the adding of logic and fairness to the system.