Published in The Register Guard opinion page July 9, 2014
by Lou Favreau, HCAO Eugene
Don’t give up on health care reform. What the politicians and lobbyists have saddled us with is health care that isn’t concerned with health, and isn’t caring.
Obamacare gives a glimpse of what might be by getting rid of exclusions for pre-existing conditions for most (but not all) people, allowing children to stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26, and other helpful tweaks. But it’s largely a big business giveaway.
Wonder why the medical industry isn’t speaking out against Obamacare? Maybe it’s because when fully implemented, Big Insurance, Big Pharma and Big Medical Tech will have 40 million new clients — and a government financial guarantee.
As long as Beltway lobbyists keep persuading (read: paying) members of the Senate and the House to grease the skids for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and medical technology rip-off artists, we’ll continue to have substandard, expensive “best-in-the-world” health care.
If reform won’t happen at the federal level, maybe it’s time for Oregonians to think about other ways for our state to provide better health care for more people for less money.
We deserve better, much better. Check out Health Care for All Oregon (hcao.org) for some desperately needed new ideas.