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Re: health care

Labhead wrote:
cybele wrote:
It scares the hell out of me. I want to have the ability to buy my health insurance the way I buy car insurance. I don't want my employer involved and I certainly do not want the government involved. They've got enough on their plate running car companies, banks, and managing real estate.


I think every argument I've heard against it has turned out to be bogus.

There was a lady at my work for a couple weeks doing some training, and we quizzed her on all the horror stories we had heard, and she looked puzzled and said it really isn't that bad at all. The difference between the US and Canada would be having to perhaps wait a month or so vs not being able to even afford the same surgery here, even perhaps with insurance (such as hip replacement).

Contrary to popular belief, we don't really have much competition yet in our health care industry. As a matter of fact, we have a system based on DENIAL of care. At least 25% goes to insurance company overhead to deny claims so they can profit. Obama is not taking away existing healthcare, and you can keep your doctor and/or existing plan that you may like already. But what will happen is that people will have a choice, and for the first time the insurance companies will have REAL competition, which is what the conservatives claim they want (but I suspect they just want Obama & the liberals to fail at anything, because anything good we do will make them look bad).

Every other industrialized nation has this, and it appears to work pretty well, at least better than nothing.

Where were the people who screamed socialism when we socialized other aspects of our society, such as the police force, schools, and firefighters? Firefighters actually were privatized originally (check out Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York movie and you'll see some of this).

Oh yeah, also I heard that the insurance companies are allowed to collude on pricing, so don't pretend they have competition when they're all in on it together, via secret meetings.

Jun 16, 2009, 20:39


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