Wal-Mart Could Be The Surprise Salvation of Health Reform; Part 1

Patlunch1croppedby Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen

In America, we have 43 million Americans without health insurance.

Ultimately, the political infighting about our health care crisis isn’t the point. The possibility of solving it is. I am as surprised as you might be to be believing that the best hope lies with Wal-Mart.

First, a few facts:

  1. All the plans being considered address the needs of the 43 million uninsured, many of whom cannot afford to buy decent insurance.

  2. The goal of all the plans is to change that, while people who are currently insured would be able to keep their insurance.

  3. Big insurance companies would no longer be allowed to deny coverage to anyone based on pre-existing conditions. If any one of these bills is passed, anyone in America can buy coverage they can afford. In most of the plans, everyone will be required to have insurance, in order to spread the risk and make it more affordable across the board.

  4. And in several, a public plan — administered, like Medicare, by the government — would compete with private insurance.

Sounds good, but the fly in the ointment is the government.

It’s no secret that it takes more people and more time to get anything done when the government is involved. Any new agency to administer this expanded health care is bound to be more expensive than anyone can imagine, or at least and less efficient than we dream possible.

Medicare and Medicaid are entrenched. But, we don’t have to depend on the government’s performance for the proposed new level of insurance for those without coverage. Who, then, can we trust?

Do I believe in the public option?

I do. But I would like to see it delivered by Wal-Mart.

Why do I say this?

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