Also, the drug companies should not be allowed to charge such outrageous prices for drugs.
Alot of you that oppose the current proposals for health care reform don't get it. And some are just lying about their coverage.
First off, it's real pretty to say that we need to get control of prices on services and prescription drugs, but you need to ask yourself how that's
going to happen. Capitalism is not a religion, nor a fix-all to everything. It is a "system," and as with all systems, it can be rigged.
Yes, competition is the best way to have prices fall. But not when there are gentlemen's agreements across all of the players. Folks, wake up. There
is NO competition in the healthcare sector. It's rigged to make it look like there is, but under the covers, it's a monopoly. And when you begin
realizing this, and become vocal about it and try to reform (e.g. threaten the profits of the healthcare corporations), then your patriotism is
questioned as a defector of capitalism which is an embedded "American" quality.
Don't become loyal to an idea. Think for yourself, and become loyal to PROGRESS, regardless of which side you land on. So long as you land there on
solid information and not on emotional manipulation or mindless party affiliation.
Here's my opinion:
What a government option would do, whether you agree with the quality or efficiency of its outcome, is introduce real competition to the healthcare
providers. That WILL force prices down.
Tort reform, price caps, blah blah blah. That's all good stuff, but that's not healthcare reform. The goal is affordable, accessible healthcare for
EVERYONE. All of the other reform items like tort and caps are the insurance companies saying "OK OK!! I see your serious about it this time. So....
how about we concede to all of the stuff you've been complaining about for decades, and you leave us alone on the public option idea." That's all
This one I love....
"You don't want a Washington bureaucrat making medical decisions for you. Those should be made by you and your doctor."
This is how stupid some convervatives think you are. But without fail, people fall for it. The reality is that TODAY, most decisions on major medical
issues are not solely made by you and your doctor (and frankly, your doctor often makes decisions with their bottom line in mind rather than your
well-being). There's some under-qualified healthcare employee that you've never met making decisions on whether you NEED some service or life-saving
procedure. How's that better?
I have what would be thought of as "decent" medical insurance, and I gotta tellya, it's a pain in the ass to get things paid for, let alone
understand from the get-go exactly what's covered. not only that, but when I total how much I pay in premiums each year PLUS the mandatory
deductibles BEFORE the company pays a dime, I start wondering exactly what it is I'm paying insurance for. It's almost like I'm paying a small
fortune each month for the "privilege" to carry some flimsy medical card and pay for MY OWN medical bills.
We all deserve appropriate healthcare. It ABSOLUTELY should be a government entitlement no matter how we pay for it. I'd rather have paid for that
than the billions and billions we foot the bill for on the 2 BS wars we're in. which, BTW, you repubs seem to not be screaming about when you claim
we're "mortgaging our kid's future." What a buncha hypocrites.