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It's hard for a lot of us to admit it, but providing coverage to everyone (not necessarily arguing for single-payer, but just guaranteed basic coverage) is far cheaper than the status quo.
I agree with this. Seems the conversation is way to myopic most of the time; we keep focusing on certain aspects of healthcare like co-pays, premiums, out of pocket expenses, prescription drugs costs, etc and fail to consider the bigger picture that should 100% include preventative care at the forefront.
Sure all of these topics are worth discussing but you can bring the overall cost of healthcare to this country down tremendously if we prevent preventable diseases and maladies from materializing in the first place with an emphasis on regular checkups, more education, more access to simple blood work tests and more attention to diet, exercise and healthy mental activities. Holistic is a dirty word for some reason but one we would be able to save billions or trillions collectively with if we dropped the red/blue drama and got serious about making the country healthier as a standard, and not just a country that fixes problems that could have been prevented or caught early for far less money in the long run.
Preventative care to me is another way of saying basic health care for all. I think its the biggest aspect of it, along with the other obvious features like not turning people down for pre-existing conditions and giving everyone very affordable options to take care of any health issues at the very earliest of stages.