Originally Posted by scarphe
not saying single payer plan is better but honestly the chimera you have There seems worse than either system.
If you actually sat down and tried to build the least efficient health care system possible, it would be hard to beat what we have in the US (before and after Obamacare). It's startlingly stupid, on so many levels. Obamacare made it less painful for many individuals, but no less dumb and certainly not any more efficient.
Amazing that it all basically backtracks to WWII era salary restrictions. Employers couldn't go past certain salary limits, so they started offering benefits. Benefits didn't get taxed, and so the whole system grew up organically from there until it turned into this bloated monstrosity we have now. And to be fair, much of it is in how Americans use (overuse) healthcare.
But too many people are politically and financially invested in it for it to change any time soon, especially since the Democrats are going to be totally gunshy about going near health care again any time this generation. If the Republicans do anything, most likely it'll just be a repeal of Obamacare and we'll just go back to the slightly differently totally fucked system of six years ago.