Health care is the most desired topic for the upcoming State of the Union address: 82% of voters voters want President Trump to discuss improving the health care system.
Health care is also the most important issue for voters in the upcoming 2018 congressional elections, according to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. A fifth of voters in battleground states consider health care to be their top issue.
Davon M. Herrick, PH.D. writes on the Heartland.org site the only way doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers can achieve creativity in terms of the delivery of their product is if they compete for consumers’ business, and those consumers – as patients – can exercise greater control over their own healthcare funds. This would encompass the public becoming more aware about healthcare overall, and how its provisions (under the Affordable Care Act) impacts them, especially financially.
Otherwise the picture may be rather bleak for components of the U.S. Economy. As Dr. Herrick explains, by citing the observations of Jon Gruber, now notorious for his trashing of the Affordable Care Act. “If employers are forced to provide seven paid days off of work for every worker, employers will adjust worker pay to compensate for the cost. This will inhibit pay raises, and it will reduce paid vacation days. It could even harm the employment prospects of workers most likely to stay home and care for a sick child.”
Herrick’s Heartland.org report also says, “A better idea would have been to call for expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to all workers, allowing them to set aside funds for medical needs.”