America desperately needs affordable, universal health care. Americans pay more for health care than any other developed nation. One of out of every five dollars spent in our economy is spent on health care. Even with this much money being spent, we are last among developed countries in terms of human health.
Could things get much worse?
Yes. Our country now stands at a dangerous crossroad. The Republican American Health Care Act (AHCA) has been withdrawn. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan now threaten to allow, or even enable, the collapse of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, commonly known as Obamacare). This will only increase healthcare costs even more for America and Americans.
This three-part series searches for answers to America's continued failure at providing affordable and effective health care.
The first is to replace the current insurance business model with one that protects consumers against price gouging and pricing discrimination.
The second is for Americans to adopt healthy behaviors. None of us want to be told what to do. None of us want our rights diminished. But with liberty comes responsibility. Until Americans take responsibility for their health, and healthcare costs, the cost for healthcare will continue to soar. Americans coming together on public policy that protects their health is an absolute requirement if we are going to achieve lower healthcare costs.
Obviously, both steps one and two are easier said than done.
The next two articles in this series will outline what America, and Americans, can do to gain affordable health care.
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Bill Roth is a cleantech business pioneer having led teams that developed the first hydrogen fueled Prius and a utility scale, non-thermal solar power plant. Using his CEO and senior officer experiences, Roth has coached hundreds of CEOs and business owners on how to develop and implement projects that win customers and cut costs while reducing environmental impacts. As a professional economist, Roth has written numerous books including his best selling The Secret Green Sauce (available on Amazon) that profiles proven sustainable best practices in pricing, marketing and operations. His most recent book, The Boomer Generation Diet (available on Amazon) profiles his humorous personal story on how he used sustainable best practices to lose 40 pounds and still enjoy Happy Hour!