Posted by New Scientist on July 25, 2018 05:02:00 There’s been a lot of talk recently about the future of health care, and I’ve seen the buzz around the notion that the US is entering a “new era of universal healthcare” that will “change everything.”
The next big thing, I’m sure, is not universal health care.
The idea that the world will suddenly go to a single, universally accessible universal health insurance scheme, with everybody signing up for the same plan, is preposterous.
The idea that universal coverage is going to replace health insurance is just as insane.
But, at the moment, there is some hope.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the problems facing the US health care system right now.
The most immediate problem facing the system is that Americans are living longer.
There are a lot more Americans in their 80s and 90s than there were 10 or 15 years ago.
So, when it comes to healthcare, it’s not about who has access to it, it is about how we pay for it.
There is one exception: the elderly.
For the past several years, the US has been running a system of Medicare Part D, which subsidises the cost of private insurance.
It’s been called the Medicare Advantage model, because people who get the cheapest plan on the exchange get it.
But this has caused a problem.
It means that many older Americans, who need the least coverage, end up paying the biggest portion of the premiums for private health insurance.
This has created a financial incentive for insurers to offer cheaper plans, which is why premiums for the older people have risen by more than 30 per cent since 2014.
A second problem is that the number of older Americans is increasing, and they are getting older.
This means that there are fewer Medicare beneficiaries and fewer Medicare enrollees, which means that, for the next few years, more Americans will be living longer, which will lead to fewer enrollees in Medicare.
This will mean that the Medicare system is going broke, which could be catastrophic for the US economy.
The third problem is the rising cost of health insurance for most Americans.
The average cost of a private health plan in America today is $5,000, which amounts to almost one-third of the cost for a family of four.
And what about the people who don’t need insurance but are still paying for it?
Well, most of them can’t afford to buy insurance, so the insurance companies are left with nothing.
This is what I call the Catch-22.
This is where the healthcare system is failing.
The people who need care are still being denied it.
And, as we know from our experience in the health insurance system, when the government gets involved, the system becomes unsustainable.
It’s not the government doing this, it was the private insurers.
But now, we’re seeing the private insurance companies step in and try to fill the gap, which makes it even more difficult for people to afford private health coverage.
And the fourth problem is how the US healthcare system works.
It is designed so that people with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer or diabetes, are excluded from the insurance system.
These people are excluded because they are expensive to treat.
In the US, they make up more than half of the population.
They are sicker and they can’t pay the premiums.
This leaves the private insurer with nothing to sell, and the system ends up costing more for everyone.
But, the insurance industry is making money, and there is still hope.
This year, President Trump proposed a plan to create a new health insurance program called the Medicaid expansion, which would cover a certain number of people in low-income households and would also cover children and people with disabilities.
Many Republicans have embraced this idea because it is cheaper and will be more efficient than Medicare, which relies on the government to pay premiums.
The US is already spending about $5.6 trillion on Medicaid, with an estimated $1 trillion coming from private insurers alone.
So, a Republican president could actually reduce the US’s budget deficit by $100 billion a year.
The Medicaid expansion would also create new ways for people with preexisting conditions to access healthcare.
Under the ACA, people with a pre-condition could get health insurance if they had a pre_condition and had a Medicare claim.
Under the ACA it is possible to get insurance for anyone with pre_conditions.
This would create a pathway for people who are sick and in need to be able to buy private insurance, which has never been possible before.
President Trump has said that the Medicaid program will be funded with a mix of new taxes and new federal money, which he is proposing to replace the existing Medicaid program.
This sounds reasonable, and it will have to be done.
However, the Trump plan doesn’t really solve the current healthcare problem.
For one thing