A few ideas for a good healthcare plan
1. letting people over 55 years old buy into Medicare.
2. Reduce out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles.
3. Reduce drug costs by
A. Stopping direct-to-consumer drug company advertising subsidies, and reinvest funds in research
B. require pharmaceutical companies that benefit from federal support to invest a sufficient amount of their revenue in R&D, and if they do not meet targets, boost their investment or pay rebates to support basic research
C. Require health insurance plans to place a monthly limit of $250 on covered out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for individuals
D. Increase competition for specialty drugs including new “biologic” drugs – which are often the most expensive new treatments
E. Prohibit “pay for delay” arrangements that keep generic competition off the market
F. Allow Americans to import drugs from abroad – with careful protections for safety and quality.
G. require drug manufacturers to provide rebates for low-income Medicare enrollees that are equivalent to rebates in the Medicaid program
H. Allow Medicare to negotiate drug and biologic prices
3. Expand access to rural Americans, who often have difficulty finding quality, affordable health care.
4. Give authority to Secretary of Health and Human Services to block or modify unreasonable health insurance premium rate increases so that coverage is more affordable
This is not my thinking. It is part of the plan proposed by Hillary Clinton who actually worked for decades becoming expert in healthcare needs across the nation. This week the RNC tweeted a jibe against her, asked where her plan was, she gave them the link to her website and said “run with it. ”
I’m with her.