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Originally posted by jibeho
Doctors and hospitals pay ridiculously high malpractice insurance rates because of absurd jury rewards in lawsuits. (The trial lawyers love this). Our current medicaid system is subject to constant abuse and fraud. Public and free clinics are underutilized. E/Rs are used as general practitioner offices and are often left holding the bill. The costs are passed on to policy holders and taxpayers and so on...
My rant is just scratching the surface. I won't even go into the BS in the pharmaceutical industry. Have you ever sat in a DR.'s office and watched multiple sales reps from different companies deliver bags of boxed lunches to the same staff? Mind numbing. Half of it probably ends up in the trash. The amount of money they spend on advertising?? yadda yadda.
I don't have the answers.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
since Canada has gone to their system, their lifespans have increased. Their seniors lifespans are steadily increasing. There is a lower infant mortality rate and mother natal mortality rate. Doctors report to be 30% happier then US doctors. And Canada had the same rates as us before changing their systems.
the USPS is subsidized. One need only refer to the 2005 annual report to get some illustrative numbers. A line item showing as "U.S. government appropriations — received" lists an amount of $503 million. The 2003 annual report shows a similar line item with a similar heading. That line item lists an amount of $762 million.
Mitt Romney's vision of extending health care to everyone is one in which states implement programs for health care as opposed to a federally mandated health care system or raising taxes. Romney believes that through providing primary care to people, larger, more expensive health care problems can be avoided. As he did in his own state of Massachusetts when he was governor from 2002-2006, Romney would implement market reforms that would drive down health care costs. According to Romney, the costs would fluctuate depending upon each state's planned proposal. As incentive, Romney's health care plan would allow those that purchase their own health insurance to deduct premiums, deductibles and co-payments form their income. However, unlike the Massachusetts model, Romney says he would not make health care mandatory on a national level.
The right answer for health care is to apply more market force, not less. Here's how:
1. Get everyone insured. Help low-income households retain or purchase private insurance with a tax credit, voucher or coinsurance. Use the tens of billions we now give hospitals for free care to instead help people buy and keep their own private insurance. For the uninsured who can afford insurance but expect to be given free care at the hospital, require them to either pay for their own care or buy insurance; if they do neither, they would forgo the tax credit or lose a deduction. No more "free riders."
Make health insurance affordable and portable.
Center reforms at the state level. Open the door to state plans designed to meet the various needs of their citizens. Before imposing a one-size-fits-all federal program, let the states serve as "the laboratories of democracy."
I just want a choice