reply to post by IAMTAT
I think its fairly obvious she was being sarcastic, and insinuating that there is no good reason for healthcare premiums to increase. People who are
currently uninsured, instead of going for a doctors visit, go to the ER, where they are treated at a much higher cost than if they went through the
channels that the insured go through. Those costs are passed onto those of us who pay for healthcare directly or through insurance premiums. Now, such
a system would work in our favor if the policy was to let people die of easily treatable conditions instead, but until that changes, providing basic
healthcare coverage to keep people from abusing the emergency room is a much better option.
People are so mis-informxed on the whole healthcare thing, it would be funny were it not so embarassing. For example, people all over the country are
crying like little sissies because they can't afford to pay for a share of insurance for their 6-employee small business. They whimper the way they
do because they can't, or won't, bother to read, and find that only small businesses with more than 50 employees will bbe required to contribute to
health insurance plans. Those with less than 50 have no obligation to provide any healthcare coverage, but they do get a sizeable tax break if they so
choose to. It seems virtually the only small businesses with 50+ employees who do not offer coverage are fast "food" chains.
Personally, I would rather see health insurance eliminated all together, and watch prices for healthcare collapse, along with the use of prescription
drugs, as natural market forces take over. Make BASIC healthcare, say an annual doc's visit, and one illness a year be universal for all. If you're
homeless, its covered. If you're Bill Gates, its covered. That's it though. If people saved or invested the money they weren't paying into health
insurance, most everyone could easily pay their own medical bills.
Health insurance corporations make a ton of money, and provide absolutely no healthcare whatsoever. Why should 50% of my healthcare premiums be used
to pay for diabetes treatments for people who choose to eat garbage foods in massive quantities? Had I instead invested my healthcare premiums for the
past 20 years, I would have well over $500,000 by now. Maybe add in a catastrophic policy to cover any expenses I may incur over $500k,for a few
hundred dollars a year.
The system is absolutely ridiculous, but what people think "Obamacare" is compared to what it really is, is even more ridiculous.