Langevin co-sponsors plan for national health care

WARWICK – A plan to offer affordable health care coverage to all Americans was announced this morning by U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin, a Democrat representing Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District, who was joined in Warwick today by U.S. Rep. Christopher H. Shays, a Republican from Connecticut’s Fourth District. Their plan – the American Health…

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  1. The problems with the health care system are ones of cost, profit, and distribution of resources. Costs –for things like the latest prescription drugs– which then are shown to not work any better than older generics, for expensive tests, and for extreme health care for people at the end of their lives — will continue to rise as long as third party insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and others who are heavily invested in our current failed system, continue to profit from it.

    At the same time, some of us — who carefully chose what we eat, who exercise, who often choose alternative health care (e.g., massage, acupuncture, chiropractic)– and who eschew Big Pharm products and other nonsense — will continue to be healthy OUTSIDE of the mainstream healthcare industry.

  2. I agree w/ much of what Anita says, but another point is that while the current system IS too expensive, the way we pay for it is inequitable, which makes it unaffordable for many healthy working folks, who if included, would drive down the per capita cost for everyone. Rep. Langevin’s plan of a dedicated payroll tax in place of employers buying private insurance directly is a big improvement in that area.