What do these recent news stories in the Observer have in common?
An insurance agent connives to sell Affordable Care Act policies to homeless people by encouraging them to report inflated incomes. His clients/victims discover they can’t afford their deductibles nor can they any longer receive medications or other services earmarked for the uninsured.
Health care advocates across the state call on Governor McCrory to develop a plan for Medicaid expansion, noting that hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians would benefit significantly, at little cost to the state.
A benefit concert is held to pay mounting medical bills for an artist severely injured when struck by a car.
The answer: None of these stories would exist if the United States provided health care to all – as every other developed nation does.
As a physician, I would love to see us return to the primary mission that has inspired our profession for millennia – caring for patients, listening to their stories, concentrating on their well-being – instead of filling out forms and dancing to the beat of insurance companies.
Happy Anniversary, Medicare! Let’s celebrate its success by improving it and expanding it to all.
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