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Thread: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by sookster View Post
    I can't remember all that my father thinks should happen, but he sells insurance for a living. I can only remember four main points; regardless, it should be considered.

    1.) Close the border. There is nothing wrong with legal immigration, but illegals coming over using our hospitals is driving costs up. If an immigrant comes over legally, then they should be able to have care.
    2.) Force insurance companies to sell nationally. In some states, there are insurance companies that just compete on the state level, and essentially have a two company monopoly. If we provided time and maybe government assistance to expand the insurance companies nationally, we would have countless companies competing on a national scale. More competition hopefully correlates to better coverage and costs.
    3.) Penalize insurance companies for denying coverage on people who have paid for coverage.
    4.) TORT reform. Doctors should be held accountable for their mistakes, but there has to be a limit to how much you can sue for. Malpractice insurance is crazy, and the cost affects everyone.

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    The insurance industry, I'm told, has obscenely high profits for something that now everyone must purchase.

    I would think changing the insurance industry to public utility status with a maximum considerably smaller profit the "house" can win on a "bet" in the insurance "gamble" might be effective with respect to healthcare insurance.

    But healthcare itself, there's little more tweeking that can be done without significant adverse side-effects.
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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    The first step toward fixing the health care system in this nation cannot be anything other than to completely repeal the ObamaCare scam, and to remove from office every single legislator who had any part in enacting it in the first place, as well as the President who signed it into law. Until this is done, it will not be possible to repair any of what is wrong with our health care industry.
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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    The only significantly effective way, yes.

    Slapping cost controls on suppliers will only reduce the number of suppliers and increase the scarcity to the point of simulating long waiting lists .. either way, socialistic consequences result that are not good for both the consumer and producer.

    What little else that can be done isn't effective enough to be of noticeable value.

    And robbing consumer Peter to pay consumer Paul is unpalatable for too many Pauls, as those tens of millions justifiably complaining about their new increase in healthcare insurance rates exemplify.
    So you're arguing for a decrease in demand to slow or stop the price increase trend.
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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This option actually shocked me. Would you be alright with importing doctors from any other country? ?
    I am not anti-legal immigration.

    Or specific countries
    I could care less what countries they come from as long as their medical standards are close to ours.
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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    "Thread: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?"

    Making government understand that this issue is beyond its purview. In other words, if you wouldn't hire a bunch of publishers to fix your car, then don't hire a bunch of lawyers to fix your healthcare.


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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    Clearly cost is going to be the runaway winner.

    The only significantly effective way to get costs down in such a constantly changing high-tech industry as healthcare where supply is naturally comparatively very limited is to significantly reduce the population and thus demand .. then, foundational rules of economics will drop the prices.
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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    It's no secret that before Obama came along, the US had major healthcare problems. ....
    Though I think the costs are the main problem and insurance for medical treatment is more important than accident insurance on cars, I am not sure how to deal with the former and think the second was poorly handled by ACA.

    After all, the US does have the highest level of medical expertise of anywhere in the world. All of the medical doctors I know think this and send their children to the states to study, if they can afford it. That is driven by the cost of treatment and we would lose competence if the costs of treatment or medicine are capped.

    As for insurance, it seems silly to have write a few Thousand pages to say that everyone must have it and that it will be checked and punished, where people have no insurance.

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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Living healthier lifestyles.

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    Re: What should be the first step to fixing healthcare in the US?

    Costs are up, not because of insurance, but because of the unhealthy lifestyles of the average American.

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