Physician Patient

Healthcare Price Shopping in 2019 is a Unicorn

Reference: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-health-insurance-medical-bills-20190502-story.html
the definition of “unicorn” is something which is unusual, rare, or unique.  We know for sure that health care deductibles are up for patients, and family savings (of any kind) are rare and unique for many citizens in the middle class. See: https://money.cnn.com/2014/04/25/news/economy/middle-class-paycheck/index.html
It is not possible to shop for anything if you do not have available money to spend, even if you know what something costs. One can however shop for politicians  who tell you they will give you something for free and that the rich or someone else will pay for it.
Clearly price shopping for health care services and products in 2019 is unusual and rare. Are Minnesota employers willing to empower their employees to shop for health care best suited to their needs? How can recipients of Medicare and Medicaid be themselves rewarded to do so?
With the active support of the media, the US healthcare-industrial complex has framed the political issue for voters as a threat to them over the affordability of their healthcare. In 2018 the voting public responded by electing Democrats fearing losing their insurance coverage (post ACA or ACA repeal) for pre-existing health conditions, and they also supported middle class government healthcare subsidizes.
Our federal debt is now more than $22 trillion. And here in Minnesota, Governor Walz wants a Medicaid buy-in for the middle class and continuing the regressive provider (sick) tax. If Democrats want government control of medical care for all US citizens, this goal represents a piggy or a piggy bank rather than a unicorn. If only the “rich” can afford to buy private healthcare insurance or shop for health care based on price and quality, then what?

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