"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
This healthcare bill will not really reduce medical costs. It will just force more people to pay into the system. But the system will continue to be overloaded.
Modern medicine is just too darned expensive. It's very, very sophisticated. It relies on extremely expensive equipment and procedures. All these medical advances are breaking the bank. We really can't afford it.
"Free drugs and physician office visits" have contributed to skyrocketing health care costs by making people unaware of overutilization.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
what we can't afford are the future costs of our healthcare and retirement entitlement programs. ponzi schemes only work when you keep bringing in larger numbers of people. obviously privatization is the answer; and its' an answer that has the benefit of being self-reinforcing. bringing market pressure to bear on the medical industry will bring down costs while improving actual care. There is no reason for us to accept lower-quality care simply because our method of payment is driving up price.
Would someone tell me how adding demand ( 30 million more people insured) will lower costs?
The beauty of this bill is that it does not really go into effect in 2013. So we won't really know the consequences until after the 2012 elections. Probably a coincidence.
"The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower