Watch his first video it talks about how socialized healthcare will bring costs down by having an entire country/state/province negotiate instead of one single person. That might convince your Congressman even more, just send him the videos.
What I pitched before is that the guberment divide our population of citizens equally into 10,000 different demographically identical insurance groups, based upon the last four digits of our social security number (which are random and thus would result in nearly perfectly statistically identical groups). The insurance policy would be predefined and identical for every group. Then insurance companies could bid on the rights to administer the policy, with the lowest bidder being allowed to take as many groups as they chose, the next lowest bidder would be allowed to administer the policy at the same price that the lowest bider bid, for as many as they chose, then the next highest bider, so on and so forth until there are no more groups or bidders who chose to administer the policy at that price, at which time we then establish the second lowest bid price, offering the lowest bidder that price for as many groups as they would like, then the second lowest, third lowest, etc, until all the groups have insurance providers.
The government would pay the insurance companies directly, and if the insurance companies are able to administer the policies with a profit, they obviously get to keep the profit (which is of course their motivation in bidding and their reward for being efficient). Insurance companies would be given certain rights to police for insurance fraud, so that the taxpayer doesn't have to finance insurance fraud investigation. Every few years, the groups would be rebid.
The reason that I would prefer private companies to administer the insurance is because I believe that generally, private companies that have a profit motive are more efficient that guberment buerocracy. the other reason is political, so that insurance companies will be able to benefit from my plan, and would thus support it.
Now imagine being an insurance company that has the opportunity to bid on a group insurance policy for up to 310 million people, and with guaranteed payment for theirinsurance (if not guaranteed profits). I would think that they would be pretty darn competitive.
And imagine how much savings it would create in the insurance industry. No more need for major medical insurance salespeople or advertising. This alone would slash the overhead of an insurance company. And with every policy being identical, this would significantly cut out paperwork on the part of the insurance company, the insured, and even at the doctors office. We're looking at probably a 20% cut in the cost of our aggregate medical care right off the bat.
It's really everything that everyone wants. It's equal government benefits for every citizen, it's "universal" insurance (to satisfy liberals), and a huge cost savings (to satisfy republicans).
Best of all, all levels of government combined already spend $1.2 trillion dollars a year on healthcare, the total cost of my plan would most likely be far less than what we already spend, thus we could either cut taxes, or reduce the deficit, or simply rebate the savings back to every American in the form of a deposit to a HSA to help cover deductibles.
Also, imagine the burden that it would take off of employers to be able to avoid the cost of insuring their employees. They could pass this huge savings on to the employer in the form of a raise, or they could use the money to expand with and create more jobs, or whatever they deemed the best use for this money. Our economy would likely expand like crazy.