Di­ag­nos­ing health care

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Health care has be­come a hot is­sue in this elec­tion. Not sur­pris­ingly, how pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions are dealt with has be­come a ma­jor part of this dis­cus­sion. Many Repub­li­can can­di­dates claim they will pro­tect this pro­vi­sion, and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump claims that he will pro­tect it far bet­ter than the Democrats.

It doesn’t take a rocket sci­en­tist to see that this can be done in one of two ways.

Ei­ther a sin­gle-payer plan like Medi­care for all, or some vari­ant of that, or some­thing like the Af­ford­able Care Act that re­quires ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate.

Ob­vi­ously, most of the GOP is against those two ideas (even though the re­quired par­tic­i­pa­tion model was ini­tially their idea), and they have no al­ter­na­tive plan on the ta­ble.

There is no way out of this box. They will have to ei­ther em­brace one of these two plans or ad­mit that they have no in­ten­tion of pro­tect­ing pre­ex­ist­ing con­di­tions with­out penal­ties.

It is just that sim­ple, isn’t it?

– Wil­liam I. Grif­fith Beau­fort

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