The United States pays nearly twice as much for health care as any other industrialized nation, yet it does not provide care for all of its citizens. The US Census Bureau recently reported that 106,000 Mainers went without health insurance in 2016. While the Affordable Care Act has helped some people, many are feeling the pinch of rising costs and narrowing networks. This week Anthem announced about their choice not to participate in Maine’s health insurance marketplace, which will eliminate coverage options for thousands of Mainers.
Polls show that 58% of Americans favor a nationally funded healthcare program. So why has the U.S. Congress not yet passed – or even considered – such a plan?
“Fix It” is a documentary that takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.
The film was created by Richard Master, the founder and owner of MCS Industries, a world leader in the picture frame and decorative mirror business. Like most US companies, he faces relentless annual cost increases to provide health insurance for his employees.
Maine AllCare is sponsoring a showing of the film at the Gibbs Library in Washington, Maine on Saturday November 4th at 6:30 PM. Following the film, a panel of local business owners and healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions regarding healthcare reform proposals for the United States and for Maine, including the upcoming referendum on Medicaid expansion.