Op/Ed: “Ok, we missed an opportunity to seize on the Romney model and run with free market insurance plan evolution, and instead threw dirt clods at the ACA for 10 years.”
Jim Eischen began lecturing on U.S. private direct healthcare compliance solutions nine (9) years ago and has since become a featured private direct healthcare conference speaker for a wide range of physician and healthcare innovation topics. He is considered an expert business planning attorney and regulatory compliance guide for medical practices, businesses that interact with US healthcare and wellness, and systems looking to adopt private fee healthcare options. His compliance work in this area is exhaustive, and he re-wrote the California Medical Association physician legal desk book chapter on private fee medicine model compliance in 2018. He remains a national expert in innovative private fee healthcare and wellness business planning and compliance solutions.
Republican friends: Ok, we missed an opportunity to seize on the Romney model and run with free market insurance plan evolution, and instead threw dirt clods at the ACA for 10 years.
What did that accomplish?
Are we any closer to a workable solution for US healthcare? No.
Here’s your chance.
Politics | Coronavirus is making Medicare for All look a lot better, backers say
Let me pitch you on Medicare for all as a free market Republican concept:
1) If we retain Medicare’s current structure, it is 80/20 coverage (no free ride), with private insurance gap and replacement coverage (no getting rid of private insurance market);
2) If we go with Medicare for all, we can erradicate the following redundant government agencies and save tax dollars: Medicaid, VA, worker’s comp, prison health system, and, drum roll, that special expensive version of healthcare that only members of Congress and the executive branch get—aren’t you excited to get rid of a bunch of government agencies and create fairness, draining the swamp of a special healthcare perk for Congress? Come on! 3) Medicare for all extends a very workable insurance model that has successfully interacted with free market wellness and health solutions for 20 years—DPC and concierge and models like Iora and OneMedical (and MDVIP) all successfully thrive with the existing Medicare model.
4) Final drumroll: you don’t need to kill the ACA, just modify it easily to ensure that all the insurance protections are retained, but, no more consternation about mandating health coverage.
5) You can rightfully claim credit for being pro-life for existing Americans who all need healthcare;
6) You can rightfully claim credit for ensuring health coverage as the pandemic hopeful rolls to conclusion—there will be another one and we’ll have a national healthcare system ready;
7) You can take credit for being cooperative, reaching consensus, and not simply throwing dirt clods at other’s ideas; 😎
8) You’ll actually free up your corporate friends from the costs of covering healthcare for their employees—that’s way, way better than a tax break! The money involved is enormous. And for your small business friends who can’t afford to cover their employees, and for all those gig economy self-employed folks scrambling to find coverage—YOU saved the day and proved capitalism can be compatible with meeting national social needs.
9) You can rightfully point out that even though the federal government will fund this, so will citizens with their premium payments and contributions, and, unlike the UK’s NHS, providers can and will remain self-employed or aggregated into larger models—up to them! They aren’t working for the government now when they take Medicare, and they won’t under Medicare for all—free markets remain.
So, can you be the heroes on healthcare? Yes.
But not if you miss another chance to drive the train.
This is a free market concept disguised as a socialist idea—be smart, run with the ball, the left does not fully understand all the free market aspects of the existing Medicare model.
They will roll your way if you run with the existing Medicare system expanded to all Americans.
Come on, I dare you.
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Starting this Monday, April 6, these update webinars will allocate the majority of time to answering live questions and providing guidance on both virtual care and private fee options. Ongoing Lofty Learning live webinars will also be scheduled on a monthly basis, with interviews of healthcare professionals and regulatory updates. Times are tough, but we can still lift above these challenges and improve US healthcare together.
Lofty Learning lifts U.S. upwards with a primary focus on supporting innovators and professionals with wellness expanding solutions. Some of our new channels will include topics like avoiding burnout, finding improved health and wellness solutions, and helping our medical subscribers better navigate the maze of regulatory obstacles with practical common-sense compliance solutions.
Lofty Learning’s first completed learning channel is Jim Eischen’s curated live webinar library on forming innovative (and compliant) private direct practice model, concierge, DPC, connected care, health data tracking and guidance, behavior modification/health coaching, and integrative health solutions. For healthcare professionals facing increased levels of frustration and burnout often linked to US healthcare system and plan structural obligations, Jim Eischen’s webinar library provides a comprehensive understanding of how to pursue alternative private fee health and wellness models.
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