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Health Care Industry Says 'No Government Plan' For All
 


4 July 2009 at 4:18:05 PM
pstern

What have you done for us lately?
 
Is it any wonder the industry does not want the government to provide health care for all Americans?  We're talking profits here.
 
But let me ask 3 questions: 
 
Since the health care industry wants government only to provide a "safety net" for those who have no health insurance, what happens to the millions of Americans who have them but can't afford their current plans?  
 
What happens to the insured whose health plans do not pay for all costs --- will they just keep on paying? 
 
Does the health care industry really expect and believe that people will keep and continue to afford these plans?
 
 
There are too many "holes" in the health plans of our current system.  People are expected to pay top dollar for health care plans that do not cover all their costs.  Out-of-pocket costs increase every year.  In fact, those who do have and pay for health coverage may not be able to afford to them in the near future.
 
Instead of complaining that government should not create a new health care system that covers everyone, why doesn't the health care industry come up with its own plan to cover everyone, while cutting out-of-pocket expenses and sealing the "holes" in the current system?
 
The fact is that there are too many people without coverage, which is adding to the increased costs of private health care.  Many who have private health care plans are having affordability problems.  The number of Americans without health care coverage only will increase if the industry continues to refuse becoming more sensitive and reality-based in developing and implementing resolutions to this issue.  If the industry does not opt to resolve the problem, it should just shut-up and let the government do so.
 
 
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1 - humanbeing   4 Jul 2009 @ 11:43:16 PM 

Their whining is nothing more than crocodile tears. I say let the health insurance 'industry' be damned. If they can't compete, well, too bad. I am absolutely for a single payer system. The fear many Americans have about this possibility is a myth. I don't hear any of my friends on Medicare complaining. I want an alternative that puts the insurance companies' feet to the fire and offers some fairness to me. 


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2 - Anon   5 Jul 2009 @ 7:49:25 AM 

I'm for a national plan where everybody is in it.  You can buy more if you want.  Also you have a LIFETIME, ONE TIME opt out opportunity so that you can be on your own if you wish.  But, no chance to get back in when things go bad for you!  Once out, you can buy whatever you can afford from the insurance companies.



3 - pstern   5 Jul 2009 @ 10:37:30 AM 

As I have stated repeatedly over the years, the Medicare system does work for most people.  There are quite a few problems within this system that need to be reviewed and modified, e.g., the lifetime Medicare penalties if you don't sign up in your eligibility year, the "doughnut hole" of the Prescription Drug Program where people reach a point and they no longer are fully covered for their Rx needs, etc.

Overall, the system works.  So, it should be extended to all Americans.

It should be obvious that the private health care sector does NOT want it because under Medicare the profits may be up to 30% less for doctors, other providers and pharmaceutical companies.


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4 - OldBridge   5 Jul 2009 @ 1:07:53 PM 

>Is it any wonder the industry does not want the government to provide health care for all Americans?

I don't think the 'health care industry' and the 'government' are distinct entities. Health care is a good example of regulatory capture. Those that regulate the industry advance the interests of the doctor's guild (AMA), the lawyer's guild (the Bar), pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, career government employees, and legislators. In particular, legislators rely on the health care industry contributions to insure they get re-elected.

The US pays more for health care than any industrialize country, but the average American still has a shorter life expectancy. Copying anyone would be an improvement. Despite the available solutions, nothing is done because those writing the regulations and enforcing them have nothing to gain. The government's legislators and regulators are well paid by the existing system.


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5 - pstern   5 Jul 2009 @ 7:45:43 PM 

I don't totally agree with that, OldBridge.

If that were totally the case, we would not have Medicare the way it is.  The industry always complains that it is losing 30% of its costs under Medicare.  Yes, they are ripping us off, but it would be much worse if it was the way you state.  There are real government guidelines that keep it real for us using it.  However, every 6 months the industry fights with government for more profits by tweaking the current system.

Don't get me wrong.  There are a lot of special interest holes in our health care system.

You are right that we spend more on health care per person per capita than any other nation.  I gave those figures on another blog.


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6 - humanbeing   5 Jul 2009 @ 10:31:37 PM 

For some depressing statistics, visit the World Health Organization's website:

www.photius.com/rankings/world_health_performance_ranks.html 


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