Quoting DrJBHL, reply 54Karen, I therefore ask why does anyone want to oppose the ONLY way that we as a country and civilized society can drive the price of Health Insurance down is to offer a cheaper alternative.
The ER isn't a solution. An ER visit's cost is astronomical and offers no follow up care. Who ends up with the bill? Every person with insurance. Who loses? The patient.
I want only one thing: To help those who need help. That's why I work 40% of my time in Appalachia.
The price of health care is not going to go down if the government takes charge. That's preposterous. Medicare and Medicaid and the Post Office and Social Security are going broke. If you want to drive the price of insurance down, allow private insirance companies the freedom to compete in all states. Costs will remain costs whoever pays for it; procedures won't be less expensive; somebody has to pay for them, whether it's the taxpayers or members of an insurance pool. If you want to be charitable, that's great. I'm all for charity.
OK...let's take it one at a time:
The price of health care is not going to go down if the government takes charge.
1) who says the Gov't is going to yake charge? Is there even a Bill yet? No. Lotta screaming by frightened people who haven't got the time to read or listen. The Gov't runs Medicare and Medicaid. Haven't heard seniors whining about that.
2) Going broke: So? Limit unnecessary visits and waste: Tort reform, redundant testing, etc. The Post Office isn't tied into Medical care, so save it.
3) Social Security? Biggest Ponzi scheme ever...but why is it going broke? Because it's funds are being used for other things like Bush's BS war in Iraq....and to pay off that debt.
3) Private Insurance Co.'s don't compete. Fact: Cost is going up, not down. Services are being denied. etc., etc.
4) Charity has nothing to do with anything. Try Reading the links I left re Paul Krugman. The "free market" won't solve a single thing.