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    Re: House GOP pens 230-page health bill draft

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    I think the bill and CBO score gave a boost to tort reform, and I think the rest of the bill is a big giant status quo. Yup, they'll cover 3m more people, population will grow by more than that, likely, so we'll be worse off in terms of uninsureds.
    If the focus is placed on allowing the private sector to fix the economy, that will reduce the number of uninsureds by actually putting them to work.

    Since when is insurance a right?

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    Re: House GOP pens 230-page health bill draft

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    If the focus is placed on allowing the private sector to fix the economy, that will reduce the number of uninsureds by actually putting them to work.

    Since when is insurance a right?

    How will that help? There were tens of millions uninsured before the recession started, and health care costs increasing at rates higher than inflation. Spending twice what other industrialized nations spend on health care, all the rest.


    The status quo is not an option.

    And, since we acknowledged it to be so when we signed the Declaration of Human Rights.

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    Re: House GOP pens 230-page health bill draft

    IMO, the Republican bill should be seen as a small downpayment toward meaningful health reform, not the full reform package. The Republican leadership has acknowledged that it is an incremental step.

    What is useful in the bill is that CBO found that select provisions e.g., tort reform, have a positive impact in slowing the growth in health care expenditures and, therefore, premiums.

    Comprehensive health reform, at least in my view, would need to have three objectives:

    1. Substantially reduce the incidence of uninsured persons
    2. Be budget neutral
    3. Reduce the excessive rate at which national health expenditures have been growing so that the nation's health system would become sustainable in the long-run e.g., its long-term financial imbalances would be resolved

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