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Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:31 AM

 

As the SCOTUS reviews the "Affordable" Care Act

I can't help wonder how, or if, we will ever get to away from the grip of our privatized system here in the USA.
Sure I like many would love to see a single-payer public insurance system. In fact I think health care, in it's totality, should be a public service career, but that is a different story.

But I look at how the current for-profit system is integrated into our economy. From investments in mutual funds which many retirements rely on, to drug manufacturer stocks that these same funds invest in, to all kinds of inroads our privatized medical system has spread to within the economy like a malignant cancer. Extracting these tentacles to secure a public based system without affecting the overall economy in an extremely negative way seems impossible to me unfortunately.


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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:35 AM

1. I see it a stimulus if we were to get single payer.

In my opinion, it would help the economy. Mutual Funds are more diverse than just health insurance companies. No real harm would come to shift to it. It didn't sink Canada.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:44 AM

2. I would love for a discussion on how to get Clarence Thomas to recuse himself...n/t

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:48 AM

3. I hope they rule the individual mandate unconstitutional.

It's a Republican idea, and a particularly bad one that pushes us deeper into subservience to the insurance corporations.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:03 AM

6. How is the fed government going to pay for all those who cannot afford to purchase this

individual mandate?

Thought we had a debt crisis? And just what will be the determining factor of not being able to afford it?

How many right on the edge who will not qualify for assistance, are thrown into a financial crisis because of this?




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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 10:53 AM

9. The government could extend the Medicare eligibility age to 67.

That way the federal government could afford to buy crappy catastrophic-only commercial insurance for the seniors who would be bankrupted by the extension. Then we would have more private sector jobs to offshore, and more US CEOs to siphon off billions of undeserved dollars.

It's a bargain, with shitty results at twice the price of single payer.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:27 AM

7. I hope so too

 

We should expand Medicare and get the insurance companies out of it.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:56 AM

4. Single payer would indeed be a stimulus and it would simplify the entire system as well.

Socializing medicine is the only way we will get out of this money pit called medical care that only rations it. The cost to let it stay the way it is will be far greater than transitioning it, in more ways than one.

I think doctors would rather practice medicine than tend to paperwork and insurance providers.

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:00 AM

5. Very good responses here so far...thank you

 

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Response to SHRED (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 10:20 AM

8. "Negative"? Not so "negative" to those whom will remain alive.

 

which is supposed to be the very definition of health "care".

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