Most of the Democrat members of Congress ran on a platform of “Medicare for all”. The national government is divided now so it probably will not happen there for a while. But in far left states like my home state of California where the Democrats won by a total rout it’ll probably happen soon. The new governor elect, Gavin Newsom, ran on a platform of Medicare for all including illegal aliens.
This is not a thread on the wisdom of this action. Instead, I think it would be useful for us to discuss how to cope with it.
It obviously depends on your current situation. Those of us on traditional Medicare have one situation while younger people on their employer’s Health Insurance have another situation.
Nevertheless everyone will have to cope with big changes. In particular, there will probably be a huge increase in the number of people trying to use the Medical System. To exacerbate the problem, the state government will probably put price controls on the amount doctors can charge. This will lead some of them to leave the state and others to take up boutique practices.
So the first effect will be difficulty finding a doctor. One solution would be for those of us like the people on this board who have money to sign up for a boutique practice if the state allows them.
What will happen to Medicare payments is an interesting question. The state will probably try to get the Federal government to pay the state run system but that may not happen. It could be a real mess.
Any way those are some of my thoughts. Again this is not a thread on the wisdom of this plan but on how to cope with it.
edit 12/14/18: Heard an informative discussion on future of California medical system on radio. The interviewee is Craig Gotwas, a lawyer who makes his living advising companies on how to cope with government regulations for their employees’ medical insurance. Scroll forward to about the one minute mark to get over the show opening stuff.
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