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Re: “Picture of health

I'll admit that there is no perfect method of solving the problem first. I believe in free markets, but I can admit that even in a free market, some people are going to get screwed.

There are several things you can do to lower the costs.

1. Tort reform. It's only a few percent (or about $50B), but it's a start. Doctors could be more deliberate with what tests they perform, instead of performing all of them to cover their asses for a malpractice suit.
2. Insurance competition across state lines. Out of 300M people in this country, some entrepreneur has a good idea to make it cheaper.
3. Oftentimes, doctors must use the most up-to-date procedures, which are more expensive than technologies that were available 10 years ago. They could lighten up on those regulations and allow people to use older, cheaper procedures (that still work just fine).
4. People getting this idea out of their heads that every little thing must be covered. The idea of having every doctor visit covered is like wanting your auto insurance to cover your gasoline and oil changes. The purpose of insurance is to make sure that a catastrophic incident doesn't wipe you out.

That's off the top of my head.

You'd be amazed what freedom and liberty can accomplish when they are allowed to flourish.

Posted by Damnaged on 02/25/2010 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Picture of health

Ok, so the unfunded liabilities of Medicare are already at $74,000,000,000,000.00. Total unfunded liabilities are at $107,000,000,000,000. GDP is a fraction of that.

So, let's add another 250M people to a system already on the verge of collapse (Medicare). Or we'll make another system that will start on the verge of collapse. Great ideas.

We're already on the fast track there, but if HCR passes, expect another (and a significantly worse) systemic collapse following by a worldwide shock-wave.

Posted by Damnaged on 02/25/2010 at 11:33 AM

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