Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:11 PM
Julianus, on Dec 16 2009, 09:45 AM, said:
Palisade, on Dec 16 2009, 05:08 PM, said:
Canon to right of them, Canon to left of them, Canon in front of them Volley'd and thunder'd...
WASHINGTON – Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice.
"You will be forced to buy insurance. If you don't, you'll pay a fine," said Dean, a physician. "It's an insurance company bailout." Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America," he said the bill has some good provisions, "but there has to be a line beyond which you think the bill is bad for the country."
"This is an insurance company's dream," the former Democratic presidential candidate said. "This is the Washington scramble, and it's a shame."
Dean asserted that the Senate's health care bill would not prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions and he also said it would allow the industry to charge older people far more than others for premiums.
I agree with Dr. Dean, and the House Bill is really no better, imo. The plans pander to the insurance companies, AND offer a chance to drastically increase the size of government. A single payer system such as in the UK or Canada should (and God only knows if we would get people who could effectively administer it) should drastically reduce the administrative costs in health care and more effectively provide incentives for people to get regular medical check ups. Any heatlhcare reform has to make clear where responsibilities lie and I don't believe that the present bills accomplish that.
I'm agreed with you. I cannot, for the life of me, understand that hysteria that develops every time a single payer system is dicussed. Socialism! Marxiam! The ruination of the U.S.! Old people will die! It'll give us all warts! (Ok, maybe not.
Edited by Rhea, 16 December 2009 - 09:12 PM.
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