Regardless if someone agrees or disagrees with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her election was the result of an unresolved issue: That issue is healthcare. Regardless of the other platforms she ran on, chances are she was elected because of her stance on Medicare for all.
So far neither party has offered a realistic solution to the healthcare problem. The Affordable Care Act forced people to buy a product, which is not a long term solution. The simple truth is, the government can not afford to subsidize out of control healthcare costs.
To fix the healthcare problem we have to take it down to the root problem: There are not enough doctors. This is simple supply and demand. The fewer doctors we have, the higher the cost. If medical schools were to open the flood gates and make more doctors, prices would go down. As it stands, most of rural America has to drive 100+ miles to find a specialist in certain fields.
We need more quick clinics, where someone can go to a doctor for a cough, cut, refill prescription… etc. Put those clinics on every street corner just like gas stations, and chances are prices would take a nose dive.
One of the root problems being the government does not want to talk about healthcare. Leave things the way they are, insurance companies and stock holders keep making money, and sick people are let out in the cold. Eventually the system will collapse. Healthcare has turned into a bubble, which will collapse.
Sooner or later, health insurance will become so expensive only a select few will be able to afford it. For example, just a few months after the Affordable Healthcare Act was passed, my health insurance went up 9%. How can something go up in price 3X the price of inflation? Those growth spurts are simply not sustainable.
Eventually something had to give, and that give was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She is a message her voters sent to Washington, and that message says we want real healthcare reform. We do not want to be forced to buy a product; we want some kind of universal healthcare.
So what’s next? Hopefully Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can bring the topic of healthcare and health insurance to the forefront. After all, why are workers paying into a system that we can not use?
On a personal note, I have been paying into the system since around 1984 and have never drawn a single government benefit. If I am paying into Medicare, why can’t I use it?
Sooner or later something had to give, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the give. In all honesty, I feel she is the future of the United States. We have to do something to improve the lives of those around us, and that something starts with a single election.
Hopefully, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be able to get the two parties to work together to bring about real healthcare reform.