Too many people in Maine don't have access to affordable healthcare. Others have catastrophic coverage with a deductible so high that they pay for any routine and preventive care out of pocket on top of the health insurance cost, which many still cannot afford. That is where we are today -- living in a nation where health care is rationed by ability to pay.
A robust Maine healthcare marketplace (a Maine exchange) would provide more affordable options including participation in larger risk pools. Through exchanges the Affordable Care Act will also assist small businesses that choose to provide health coverage for their employees with the cost of that coverage. It would be a step toward better more affordable health coverage.
When everyone has good routine and preventive healthcare, and we teach and create incentives for people to have healthier habits, then communities will be healthier and overall healthcare costs will go down.
In an ideal situation every American should get the healthcare they need, none should go without. It is time for America to recognize health care as a right and implement single-payer universal healthcare. The reality is other leading nations have accomplished this ideal. They have better health by many measures, from life expectancy to infant mortality rates, to overall health of their population. I refuse to believe that America is incapable of doing the same. If we put our minds to it and put partisan divisiveness and special interests aside, I'm sure we can figure out the best way to extend medicare to everyone, with everyone contributing according to their means to making it work.
Today's Healthcare Model is Broken -- A Robust Exchange Would Help -- Universal Healthcare is Achievable