The Health System We’d Have if Economists Ran Things, A survey of nearly…
The Health System We’d Have if Economists Ran Things
They strongly reject repeal, with 89 percent opposing the idea.
81 percent said the A.C.A.’s individual mandate was essential for its success.
Obamacare would stay
Nearly 70 percent : comfortable charging people more if they engage in unhealthy behaviors that lead to higher health costs. ex: smoking
--> People should pay for the consequences of their personal choices
Idea of change
converting Medicare into a program based in part on income
--> Full Medicare coverage would not be available to everyone upon reaching 65
--> Opposed by 71 percent of health economists.
converting Medicare to a voucher-based program.
--> establish a set amount the government would pay for your coverage so that you could shop for a health plan
--> 61 percent opposed
Medicare and Medicaid changes are opposed
--> Health economists generally oppose changes.
--> economists are supportive of Medicare’s current structure
Employer-sponsored health insurance is not subject to taxation
--> $250 billion in lost tax revenue per year
--> leads to excessively generous health insurance plans
--> only 14 percent of economists favor the current tax treatment of employer-sponsored health insurance
--> If employers were to spend less on health insurance, wages and other benefits would increase.
If health economists were in charge of the health system, not a lot would change, with some notable exceptions.
A survey of nearly 200 Ph.D. health economists