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We have two choices when it comes to Healthcare in the US.

Discussion in 'Health Care' started by Corruptbuddha, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Corruptbuddha

    Corruptbuddha Governor

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    Either we have a market-based solution, free of government intervention, or a government-based solution free of market forces. We can't have both. Nor can we have a "six of one, half-dozen of the other" solution that tries, in vain, to merge the two together.

    In a government solution such as Medicare for All or a Single-Payer model, everyone would have coverage. From the shiniest newborn to the wrinkliest senior. From a broken finger to Stage IV cancer. Primary positive: no one is uninsured. Everyone is covered. Primary negative: Costs and quality tend to suffer when government provides anything. This is the future.

    In a market-based solution, only those who want to be covered have insurance. And those that do only have coverage that suits them. A 60 year old man doesn't pay for pre-natal care. A 25 year old woman doesn't pay for Viagra. You get what you pay for and insurers must compete for your business. Primary positive: Competition reduces prices and increases quality. If a provider has a bad name, with no government support, it will go out of business. This option is, effectively, dead.

    It seems to me, as a market supporter, that the GOP has blown it's one and only chance to divest the government of it's role in healthcare and return to a true market-based model. They are terrified that any change to existing programs such as Medicare/Medicaid will get them tossed out on their ear. Once people get a 'benefit' from the taxpayer, they are loathe to surrender it. I am convinced that we will never see a market-based healthcare system again.

    I predict that the parties involved will try to continue the current ObamaCare, TrumpCare, YomamaCare, shenanigans until the nation is exhausted and Single Payer becomes the law of the land.
     
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  2. bdtex

    bdtex Moderator Staff Member

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    It will get a mess of 'em tossed out on their ear. Market forces move too slow in healthcare I'm afraid.
     
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  3. Dawg

    Dawg President Supporting Member

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    with top insurance companies dropping out of OCare

    what difference does it make

    the choices are slim to none
     
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  4. Days

    Days Governor

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    Government has always been the backstop for insurance. Market based insurance still relies on government to bail them out... always did.

    Frankly, I see market based insurance as a scam. The government is the real insurance of the land. If single payer is drawn up for all 50 states, it levels the playing field for corporations and it cuts out profit from an industry that has way too much of that.

    The more people understand, the more popular single payer becomes.
     
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