Remember the start of this famous song by the Mamas and the Papas. “All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey”. There was a big push in California last year for a healthcare system for everyone and have it be single pay.
The reasons behind this, was to have insurance for all and cut down on the rising cost of healthcare in the state. It seemed to be gaining traction until the people found out to fund it would require a tax increase. So for now it did not turn out that way.
Here is the beginning of the song entitled “Potato”, by Cheryl Wheeler. “They’re red, they’re white, they’re brown-They get that way underground”. In Idaho the state that grows those special potatoes, a new health insurance plan that does not stick to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) regulations can be found.
The purpose here is also to try and decrease healthcare costs. This would mean cheaper plans for those who are in good health and the fear is that this would mean less people signing up for the ACA. In addition, this could lead to a legal showdown with the federal government since it is technically against the law. There are other states standing by to see which way this will go.
What I find particularly interesting is that on the one hand, you have a very progressive state calling for a single payer health insurance plan which could end or replace the ACA. On the other hand, you have a conservative state that is offering health insurance plans that could further destabilize the ACA’s exchanges in that state and ultimately could lead to its demise. Though the two states see the solution to their rising health insurance problems and healthcare costs in totally opposing ways, one thing they seem to have in common is a problem with the ACA.
“All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey”. I mean no disrespect to either state but neither plan will turn out OK. The plan in my book, Restoring-“Health” To Healthcare can show them the way.