A few weeks ago I wrote a post regarding our President’s view on health care financing being conspicuously missing in our media, while our Governor’s socialist views and program were readily available. I would claim media bias toward the left, but I just get tired of bringing that up every the paper comes or the news is read.
There is a swarm of issues surrounding this topic with lots of facts, claims of facts, rebuttals to facts, rebuttals to claims of facts, etc… Bottom line on this that if only one position is explained to the voters then that is the position that they will take. I’d be satisfied with the media if they presented all sides of the issue, even if they decided to endorse one side over the others.
The point of this post is to give you the other side, the portion that is still missing in our media. It is not missing because it is difficult to find or pin down, it is missing because of a decision not to report it. Huge amounts of missing information regarding the other side show up in my email on a regular basis. This cornucopia of information about Washington State health care and health insurance came in from our local State Representative Doug Ericksen.
Facts about the uninsured
Second, let’s look at who is uninsured. It is important to understand this aspect of the health insurance issue before discussing solutions.
- According to the Office of Financial Management, the elderly, children and those who face economic challenges are the least likely to be uninsured.
- Over half of Washington’s uninsured consist of young adult ages 19 to 34 (see page 13)
- Only 1.8 percent of children in Washington do not have access to affordable health insurance
- Around 4.2 percent of uninsured are non-citizens
Although health insurance typically provides the best access to needed health care, people can still receive needed health care without it. Hospitals are required by law to treat all people regardless of health insurance or citizenship status.
A good solution for 51 percent of the problem (young adults ages 19 to 34)
Sen. Linda Evans-Parlette introduced legislation that would have allowed insurance carriers to design health insurance plans to specifically meet the needs of young adults ages 19 to 34. This group is generally healthy and if they don’t get insurance through their employers, they often think it is not worth the expense.
Senate Bill 6030 would have allowed insurance carriers to design a health insurance plan that may exclude some government-imposed mandates, including: maternity services, prescription drug benefits with at least a $2,000 benefit, every category of provider, direct access to chiropractic services, and prostate cancer screening. Unfortunately, this bill was defeated.
We need to follow the lead of other states that allow insurance carriers to design plans that are attractive to and meet the specific needs and budgets of young adults.
Click here for more information on health insurance in our state.
Did you read all of this in the paper? Did you hear it on the news? Don’t be sad, neither did I. But because I subscribed to Doug’s email newsletter I get the other side of many issues from the perspective of our local guy.
From what I read in his newsletter I can see that our state’s health care issues are very similar to our nations health care issues. Issues that are best solved with the help of the private sector rather than a mass socialized care plan that will unduly burden working taxpayers.