Sammy Sofa wrote:Ding Dong Johnson wrote:I like that I have health insurance.
I horsefeathering hate every health insurance plan I have had in the past 20 years.
Yeah, the idea of "keeping your plan if you like it" is such a dead on arrival idea considering that most people don't actually like their horsefeathering plan. Fear/lack of understanding/etc. of an alternative isn't actually "liking" the horsefeathers insurance plan they almost certainly already have. Pretty much everyone's plan is some variation of horsefeathering terrible.
There's definitely a messaging issue to get across. The Medicare moniker might actually be a hindrance in that regard since it is a plan that leaves gaps and the idea of covering those would be understandably scary.
But if you told people they could have a plan with
1. zero co-pays
2. zero deductibles
3. zero co-insurance
4. everything is in network
5. the cost will be less than it is now (i.e. less in new taxes than your current premium)
Number 5 is probably the hardest to convince people that M4A would do (and obviously for some portion of Americans they would pay more to subsidize the rest). And you may still have some stubborn people who have HMOs or other plans that insist they like the super low premium cost over the wealth of coverage options, but most people who've actually ended up using their HMO for serious illness probably lose their love affair with it. But if you get people around on number 5, I think you'd be hard pressed to find people who wouldn't sign up for that plan unless they were just being willfully ignorant and pulling out straw-men argument like claiming that the government will actually administer your healthcare.