Anger or Mob Mentality
Misinformation or No Information
The entrenched interests, who stand to lose from any reforms are feeding much misinformation to these groups, if not right-out paying these people to protest, but such is the way in challenging the status quo.
Telling Dear Leader, Queen Nancy, and Henry Taxman to not run off even more doctors from the Medicare program may be rather unsubtle thinking, but it is hardly uninformed thinking.
Last edited by Baralis; 08-11-09 at 07:56 AM.
My argument is the money is still paid period. So while a actual procedures may become cheaper with national insurance the money is still coming out of the people pockets to make up the difference aka taxes or insurance premiums.
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies published in 2003 "Hidden Costs, Values Lost: Uninsurance in America":
NCHC Health Insurance Coverage
- The United States spends nearly $100 billion per year to provide uninsured residents with health services, often for preventable diseases or diseases that physicians could treat more efficiently with earlier diagnosis
- Hospitals provide about $34 billion worth of uncompensated care a year
- Another $37 billion is paid by private and public payers for health services for the uninsured and $26 billion is paid out-of-pocket by those who lack coverage
So in 2003 we paid out $100bn already to treat the uninsured, plus $34bn to hospitals, and $37bn by private and public payers (state). This as opposed to $100bn for the entire reform bill including public option. You do the math.