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[*] Post 383429 posted on 20-7-2009 at 21:21 Reply With Quote
The Democrats have health reconstruction programs in both houses of Congress



The bills are long and complicated, and don't agree on every single point.

Obama has said he supports a government option that would compete side-by-side with private plans.

But, the House of Representatives version says that anyone who already has a health plan, other than the government option, at the date the legislation goes into effect may keep it. Otherwise, they must take the government option. Of course, this means that the government option will eventually be the only option. Private health insurance companies will not be able to stay in business when it is no longer legal for them to attract new customers.

What about people who switch to government option, find out that it is horrible, and then wish to switch back? They are Sorry Out of Luck--the Democrats' plan takes away the liberty to choose your own health insurance according to what would work best for you.
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[*] Post 383430 posted on 20-7-2009 at 22:19 Reply With Quote
the Alligator and the Ducks



One of the legislators laughed at Obama's statement that the government option health insurance would compete against private health insurance.

"Yeah, like an alligator competes with ducks."

Of course, when an alligator races against ducks, he doesn't just run. He also eats the ducks!shocked_yellow --hardly a fair competition.

The government option will have unfair advantages against all the private insurance plans. Private insurance must live within the financial restriction of the income it gets from those who buy it, which is a force for keeping health care costs down. We know that other government health programs, such as Medicare, do not stay within ANY financial limits--Medicare is rapidly going broke, and the cost of its obligations to people who have paid into the system all their lives is becoming astronomical. Either the government will not be able to giive them the promised health benefits when the money has run out, or the government will have to shift the cost to others, in the style of a Ponzi scheme (pyramid scheme).

]Presentlly, Medicare is using a formula for payment to doctors that has been called "crazy." If the costs which doctors are asking the public have increased more greatly than the formula allows, the formula test says the increased prices are "unsustainable," and the government revises them downward according to the formula. So, if a treatment in real life costs $1500, the formula may say it should cost no more than $1100, and that is what the government, through Medicare, will pay. As a result, many doctors won't take additional Medicare patients--they feel they can't afford to spend much of their practice on treatments that make little money, or that might even lose money. So, the government program which was intended to help older patients instead results in them being cut off from being added to the list of patients a particular doctor is willing to see.

American medical education is very costly. Young doctors commonly graduate with student debts of $200,000, on which they must pay interest so long as the debt is outstanding. They can't AFFORD to take patients who will not profit them--they need to make money, to pay off their debts. If government price fixing, against the doctors, spreads to other ages as well, becoming a medical doctor will be much less attractive from a financial standpoint.
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[*] Post 383623 posted on 23-7-2009 at 03:32 Reply With Quote
Congresswoman on Obamacare--Democrats are telling Sr. citizens to 'Drop Dead'



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Obama was quite frank when a person told of how his 100-year-old grandmother needed a pacemaker, and all but one doctor declined to put one in her, after which she lived to be a spirited 105--and Obama responded that perhaps the elderly should be allowed to die instead of prolonging their lives at great expense to the health system.shocked_yellowshocked_yellow
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