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  • The problem with H.R.676 is that it continues the hegemony of for-profit commercial carriers who stand between the patient and the doctor. That's where the money sinks down the drain.
    • Archie Bunker
      So you think that the solution government run healthcare?
    • mushroom
      Take a look at Health Share plans. They work with minimal profit margin and generally do not require networks. Not all of them require religious affiliation. As to Medicare, the present system could be extended to age 50, an age where preventative medicine saves costs later in life. But, of course, there's no political will to take any share away from the commercial giants.
    • Archie Bunker
      And I'd say take a look at the VA. There is a prime example of government run healthcare. It's broken, expensive and people are dying waiting for care.
  • The problem is not health care insurance but that the health care industry is monumentally gouging Americans. Medical expenses, by far, force the greatest number of Americans into bankruptcy tax any other cause. Americans are being financially destroyed at an alarming rate by medical bills that are many times higher than those charged in European countries. Middle class Americans are being strangled by the health care industry and whether one likes regulation or not allowing this blood sucking greed to take down hard working Americans is not acceptable to me. Jumping on the "we hate Medicare" band wagon, is not the answer.
    • Archie Bunker
      I'm about deregulating the healthcare industry. If you allow more competition between the insurers, that's what will bring costs down. The free market will stabilize the industry, as long as you get the government out of the way.
    • mushroom
      What has happened in the publicly sponsored Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan have been allowed to go for-profit and the big became even bigger - UHC and Wellpoint for example. If you think the giant banks formed by the bailout are not working in the depositors' best interest, then why put faith in giant insurers?
    • Archie Bunker
      The giant insurers, if you remove the bureaucratic red tape, would run more efficiently because they are there to make a profit for the shareholders. And in order to be profitable, you have to attract clients. And the way that you attract clients is offering better products for better prices than the competition. If you take away the competition, you have no incentive to lower your prices or offer more than the other guy.
  • Do I believe in this plan? No. I've yet to see a government run health care plan for all residents that hasn't nearly bankrupt the country. Why do they think it's a good idea? Because it's cheaper than Obama's plan that we could not afford, either!
    • Archie Bunker
      The VA is a prime example of government inefficiency. People dying waiting for care. A bloated bureaucracy of unneeded personnel. Inability to terminate problem employees. Wasteful spending. There is nothing that the government can do cheaper or better than the private sector.
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