In today’s healthcare debate, the focus is on the symptom: the high cost of insurance. The problem is the sickness, which is the cost and resulting failure to deliver healthcare to all Americans. The debate is about how to manage the insurance pools, getting the healthy and the sick together. We are all already part of the same health care system, regardless of ability to pay.  We talk about who is going to pay for it all. In fact, all of us are paying for it together now.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true for our healthcare system and our bodies.  We must lower the cost of healthcare. Only then can we provide it for all.  To understand the cost of healthcare, we need to look at what drives it. Why does even the simplest medical need cost so much?

Fixing the Healthcare System Won't Be Easy

In today’s healthcare debate, the focus is on the symptom: the high cost of insurance. The problem is the sickness, which is the cost and resulting failure to deliver healthcare to all Americans. We can do better. Learn more about where I stand on healthcare at edforok.com/healthcare

Posted by Ed Porter for Congress on Monday, October 2, 2017

The answer is simple: special interests. More specifically, those of medical associations, drug companies and insurance companies.  They have fought for decades against universal healthcare in our country. They simply make too much money putting profits before patients. In the past, labeling the common sense solution as “socialism,” they have been able to keep us accepting the unacceptable.

The solution is obvious, but will not be easy. The creation of  universal health care system will continue to be attacked by these groups.  However, the real concern is the people whose jobs it would affect. Several million of us who work in the industry would face a shift in employment. Instead of workers who file and process insurance claims, the need would be for more actual medical staff.  An education initiative and other assistance for these hard working Americans would be necessary.

Our campaign will be spending time on a REAL discussion about the future of our healthcare system and what can be done to fix it. We want to hear from you, no matter who you are! In the coming months, we’ll be featuring the stories of people all over the Fifth District here. We welcome all viewpoints to help everyone involved understand the challenges we face together.