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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    No, it does not. That is a myth being propogated by those seeking to protect the fat bloated profits of private insurers. Private insurers do not want more competition. Why would they?
    I am curious, what do you think the Insurance companies making these "FAT BLOATED" profits do with them?

    I am fascinated when I see people in Western economies railing against the idea of companies actually making money. What has happened to our educational systems where we are now graduating mini-Marxists?

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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I will continue to repeat the following until I am blue in the face:

    The government is NOT going to regulate the private insurance sector because it holds too much lobbying power over government. Unless that day comes, UHC needs to be created to provide competition that offsets the corruption. I think the health bill is costly, but the government is far more willing to make tax payers pay more than they are come down on the corporations. It doesn't matter which government you have, Republican or Democrat, they will always back industry and avoid regulaton!
    What a stunningly uninformed statement; do you REALLY think that the issue here is "lobbying power" and that the Government provided healthcare equates to competition?

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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Because it is political suicide to shift reponsibility from any government to its people.

    This a very simple, obvious and basic concept.

    Actually, it is b/c citizens in other developed countries are more satisfied with their systems than we are, and see that we may significantly more for lesser outcomes. They have made a rational decision that our system is not one to be emulated.

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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    Nothing the Government does costs less. Nothing that does not involve competition costs less. Nothing that does not involve competition results in efficiency.

    Even the most basic economic course will teach people this. This notion that Government can manage ANYTHING efficiently and cost effective requires willful denial beyond the pale.

    I am curious if all you Obama admirers would fell the same way about Guvuhmint when Republicans are in charge. Yeah, I didn't think so.

    That's just false. Medicare administrative costs are less than private insurance costs. Also, it has already been demonstrated, in other areas, that public-private competition does improve quality, drive down costs, and does not shut out private competition. Both exist side by side:


    DeMint’s example of education is instructive, not because it is hard to repeal, but because it’s a prime example of successful public-private competition. Indeed, while state and local governments own and run the public education system — to a much greater extent than either Obama or members of Congress are suggesting with a public health insurance option — private schools are competing against the government and thriving in this country. Further, such competition actually improves outcomes. As the conservative Hoover Institution found, competition between public and private schools “improves achievement for both public and private school students and decreases the amount spent per pupil.”

    As Joseph Hacker explains, such public-private competition works well not just in education, but in many other sectors of the U.S. economy:

    In many areas of American commerce, private and government programs comfortably co-exist. FHA insured loans and non-FHA loans, Social Security and private pensions, public and private universities–all have long thrived side by side. Each side of the divide has strengths and weaknesses, but in every case the public sector is providing something the private sector cannot: A backup that’s there if and when you need it; a benchmark for private providers; and a backstop to make sure costs don’t spin out of control.

    Igor Volsky recently explained the actual impact of having a competing public plan, writing, “In an environment where private plans are forced to compete with a new efficient public program, inefficient, over-bloated insurers will go out of business, but private plans with good networks of providers or better services will continue attracting new enrollees.” Jonathan Cohn has more on the effects of public-private competition.
    Update Igor Volsky has more on the role of private insurers in public-private competition.

    DeMint Inadvertently Concedes That Public Health Insurance Option Won’t Take Over The Market

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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    I am curious, what do you think the Insurance companies making these "FAT BLOATED" profits do with them?

    I am fascinated when I see people in Western economies railing against the idea of companies actually making money. What has happened to our educational systems where we are now graduating mini-Marxists?
    Spend them on bloated executive compensation, private jets and other nonsense, and distribute them, as other public companies do with their profits.


    I find myself fascinated at corporate defenders thinking capitalism is our form of government. Representative democracy is our form of organizing society; regulated capitalism is how we organize our economic systems. Our gov't is by the people, of the people, and for the people; not by the corporations, of the corporations, and for the corporations. Seems a large segment of our electorate gets confused on occasion.
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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    The Brookings Institution is not liberal:

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    On its website the organization traces its origins "to 1916, when a group of leading reformers founded the Institute for Government Research (IGR), the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level. In 1922 and 1924, one of IGR's backers, Robert Somers Brookings (1850-1932), established two supporting sister organizations: the Institute of Economics and a graduate school bearing his name. In 1927, the three groups merged to form the Brookings Institution, honoring the businessman from St. Louis whose leadership shaped the earlier organizations."

    Initially centrist, the Institution took its first step rightwards during the depression, in response to the New Deal. In the 1960s, it was linked to the conservative wing of the Democratic party, backing Keynsian economics. From the mid-70s it cemented a close relationship with the Republican party. Since the 1990s it has taken steps further towards the right in parallel with the increasing influence of right-wing think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation.
    Please, Brookings has its roots in modern liberalism. Citing times that they don't support liberal policies does not change that fact. It could be that they don't change their stance while the Democrat party is moving more to the left.

    I mean they are rational liberals in the grand scheme of modern liberalism, even though I don't support a lot of what they believe.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    But, regardless of its leanings, their opinion does nothing to address my statement that Obama campaigned on this idea, he told us he was going to tax those earning over $250k, and he won the largest margin of any first term president in decades (maybe back to the 70s?). The country has already spoken on that issue, we want that happen.
    So you are in favor of arbitrary taxes because the majority agrees?
    We are not a nation of majority rules, we are a republic.


    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    That does not address at all the fact that Medicare is currently more efficient in their administration than private insurers are. That has nothing to do with medical reimbursements, it has to do with administration costs only.
    Alright then put Medicare in the market as a privately run company with no tax support. They will be bankrupt in the first year.

    The current insurance business is not my preferred model of health care but compared to government control, I'll take it any day



    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Medicare's costs are spiraling, no doubt. Private insurers costs are spiraling more. This MUST be addressed, and MUST be solved. Deciding to go with the more expensive and less efficient option only (private insurers), and ignore that a less expensive and more efficient option (Medicare-style public option) competing head to head with private will force private to become more efficient makes no sense at all.
    Private insurers are viable while Medicare is not. Medicare has proven to be a boondoggle from the get go. They only reason a public option will be more cost efficient is because they will deny care. You don't do enough reading about Europe and their government programs.

    The house bill is going to set up an HMO style government program. The same type of managed care that is criticized in the private market. They will use methods of denying care from the start of it.
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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Please, Brookings has its roots in modern liberalism. Citing times that they don't support liberal policies does not change that fact. It could be that they don't change their stance while the Democrat party is moving more to the left.

    I mean they are rational liberals in the grand scheme of modern liberalism, even though I don't support a lot of what they believe.



    So you are in favor of arbitrary taxes because the majority agrees?
    We are not a nation of majority rules, we are a republic.




    Alright then put Medicare in the market as a privately run company with no tax support. They will be bankrupt in the first year.

    The current insurance business is not my preferred model of health care but compared to government control, I'll take it any day





    Private insurers are viable while Medicare is not. Medicare has proven to be a boondoggle from the get go. They only reason a public option will be more cost efficient is because they will deny care. You don't do enough reading about Europe and their government programs.

    The house bill is going to set up an HMO style government program. The same type of managed care that is criticized in the private market. They will use methods of denying care from the start of it.
    Brookings is not a liberal think tank, and the position you attributed to them just supports that. They are not arguing a liberal position.

    There are actual liberal think tanks, Brookings just isn't one of them. That is not maligning Brookings in any way; it just isn't helpful to mischaracterize them.

    We are not a republic, we are a democratic republic, and our system of gov't is representative democracy. Obama campaigned on a platform of reforming health care and insurance, and providing health insurance to the unemployed; he further campaigned on paying for it by taxing those individuals making more than $250k/yr. We knew what he promised when he stood for election, and we voted for him to do it.

    Noone campaigned on a platform of privatizing Medicare. That in fact would be silly. There is currently a subsidy in place for private companies providing Medicare coverage - they do it less efficiently and at a higher cost, and we the taxpayers are paying to subsidize that. It makes no sense. Proposing to turn the whole system over to that is economically unsound, a very poor argument.

    Currently, Medicare beneficiaries are happier with their coverage than beneficiaries of employer-based private health insurance. It may be your preference to stay the way you are, but you are choosing a method that provides a lower satisfaction and a higher cost. However, that is your right to do, if you like your coverage, keep it. That doesn't mean the rest of us have to choose the way you did, just because you did.

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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    So if this is done, why won't they vote until September?

    Isn't this just a way to temporarily sway the attention from the fact that they haven't won over the blue dogs in time for the August recess?

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    Re: Senate committee passes health bill, first to act

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Mankiw is this summer arguing for a completely private system, with light regulations. I don't find his stance, opinions, or arguments on health care compelling at all.
    So you refuse to listen to actual facts because you disagree with the political position of a person? Good to know.

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Medicare is more efficient.
    If Medicare is so efficient, why is it an absolute cluster-**** that will collapse under its own weight in the immediate future?

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Brookings is not a liberal think tank, and the position you attributed to them just supports that. They are not arguing a liberal position.

    There are actual liberal think tanks, Brookings just isn't one of them. That is not maligning Brookings in any way; it just isn't helpful to mischaracterize them.
    And I'm not maligning Brookings at all, because I genuinely do like it and respect its work, but it's inarguably a liberal-ish think tank.

    As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Brookings describes itself as independent and non-partisan.[4][14] Brookings is usually described by the media as some shade of liberal.[15] The New York Times has referred to the organization as liberal, liberal-centrist, and centrist.[16][17][18][19][20][21] The Washington Post sometimes describes Brookings as liberal.[22][23][24] The Los Angeles Times describes Brookings as liberal-leaning and centrist.[25][26][27] In 1977, Time Magazine described them as the "nation's pre-eminent liberal think tank."
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