Re: Health care Facts not opinion.
Seems the solution lies in what other civilized nations are doing. Unless you think that a no profit system costs more overall than a for profit system. See, when you have insurance companies that are designed to make a profit, the profits they make will add costs, no matter how competitive they are. Not only must they meet overhead, but they must make a profit,and the more profit the better.
Originally Posted by Damn Yankee
Being a liberal as I am, it just seems nonsensical that something like health insurance should be run as a for profit system, given the fact that healthcare costs continue to grow faster than anything else and is trending into the stratosphere. If a society decides that all should have health insurance, so that they can obtain medical care the logical thing to do is to create a system that takes the profit out of the insurance part of that system. And if we decide health insurance will be a luxury for only some of the people who can afford it, the "for profit" insurance is the only way to go.
When you move into the area of covering everyone, and a substantial percentage of people cannot afford to buy it, you have to get rid of the profits and totally change the system. You can no longer treat insurance as you would treat a consumer good or service supplied by the private sector. Instead it would be treated like a military used to protect the nation, or a police force used to protect a community. We do not have private companies providing these services to our citizens. One must change the way in which we view insurance and of course many people, mostly of the republican bent, don't want this. They think it is fine to protect the american people from other people, but not from germs and illnesses. We just need to expand what we want to protect our citizens from. Germs, viruses and illnesses are a much larger danger than foreign enemies or criminals. The motto of a single payer national health insurance could rightly be called, "to protect and to serve". Plus we could then join in with the rest of the civilized western world. And do the right, moral, and noble thing in the process. It would not be too much to ask from a supposed christian nation.
And along with imposing our will upon other people we deem as enemies, we could impose our will upon germs, viruses, injuries and illnesses. While it would not make for a great video game as war and police work does, but we would still be killing something! And apparently most humans like to kill things. We are so damn good at it. Experts you could say.
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