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Originally posted by Hastobemoretolife
The only true economic structure that allows freedom is capitalism. Many people will try to argue with me on this point, but in the real world that is just the way it is.
Universal Health Care/Insurance will never work in this country, our politicians are controlled by special interest.
... and a requirement for employers to pay a penalty if they fail to provide coverage for their workforce.
Unfortunately, the President's plan will not only endanger the U.S. economy, but millions of patients as well.
The fundamental problem is that the President and congressional leaders lack realistic plans to control the health care costs that are already crippling U.S. global competitiveness. As a percentage of GDP, our businesses spend roughly 70 percent more on health care than competitors in other developed nations, yet we hardly receive 70 percent more in real value. Health care costs also distort the efficient allocation of labor, and therefore the potential of economic growth and increases in wages. Because health insurance can be so expensive - some estimate $14,000 for a family - untold millions reluctantly opt to stay in jobs in large, dying firms that offer health insurance, rather than pursue jobs in the productive, small companies that do not.
The President's budget is short on cost-controlling details, but so far, the Democrats are relying on a new national health-insurance marketplace, modeled on Massachusetts, in which private health-care insurers compete with an expanded Medicare program. But the cost control benefit of public programs, like Medicare, and state-run markets, similar to the one in Massachusetts, is illusory. Any "savings" are achieved with accounting gimmicks that shift costs to taxpayers and future generations, through deficits and unfunded liabilities, not through genuine innovations.
In the end, the Democrats' health care reform will require drastic rationing of health care for the sick to control its costs. Consider Canadian patients, who may wait a year or longer to get radiation therapy. Or ask one of the nearly 1.8 million Britons who are waiting to get into a hospital or have an outpatient procedure. Or talk to the German breast cancer patients who are 52 percent more likely to die from the disease than Americans.
Concerns about rationing and patient outcomes are not demagoguery. How else can a government control costs in the real world?
Originally posted by Keyhole
Here's an interesting article from Sen. Tom Coburn.Consider Canadian patients, who may wait a year or longer to get radiation therapy
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
I was treated within weeks of diagnosis...cost me $32 out of pocket. Parking.
Have you ever noticed that Republicans screech about how Universal Health Care will be the ruination of the country, but they don't come up with a better way of taking care of their fellow Americans that doesn't pad the pockets of their pals in the industry?
Sure wish all of these shills would post their campaign contributions from Big Med.
Or is everybody saying that America is too crooked or too stoopid to fix Health Care. Personally, I give the Average American more credit than that.
Originally posted by cdirtydevil
Just think about it government socialized health care means means less freedom in personal rights in the future because don't think for a minute they'll let you smoke or anything unhealthy like that.