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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    It didn't fail in Massachusetts.

    Besides, it doesn't matter. Health Care at the national level is unconstitutional, period. Nothing can be done about that, unless you want to amend the Constitution for health care.
    There are large cost overruns in Mass. due to the inability of one state to take on H.C. interest groups.

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dix View Post
    We have health care through the gov't (military).
    It's not as good as the care I received through civilian doctors.

    After the Walter Reed scandal exposed what was happening at military hospitals, I'm surprised so many people are willing to trust the government with their health care. Haven't any of you had experience with the VA hospitals, maybe with an older relative? The problems of inefficiency and rationing are pretty universal to gov't-run programs, imo. You don't want to deal with that when you're sick. We saw it when we received health care in Germany, too. Same old crap.

    I'd take American civilian medical care over the alternative any day. I think people won't realize what they had til it's gone. We need to fix the current system, not replace it with one that is worse.

    I’ve been in the VA health system for years and I am quite satisfied with it. It is better now than it has been in the distant past and with the upgrades to electronic medical records the errors of the past will be minimized.

    Your really shouldn’t mention Walter Reed in the same breath as the VA as they are two separate healthcare systems. Here is some more reading on the VA if you’re interested.

    <"Although VA has received many wonderful endorsements recently, the support of our veterans - the people who know us best - is the highest praise," said the Honorable R. James Nicholson, secretary of Veterans Affairs. "This is a testament to the hard work of VA employees, the support of Congress and the leadership of the White House.">


    <VA's rating of 80 for outpatient care was five percentage points higher than the 75 rating for private-sector outpatient care and nine percentage points higher than the average satisfaction rating for all federal services.>



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    The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    There should have been the option: I have health insurance and have never needed/used it.

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dix View Post
    We have health care through the gov't (military).
    It's not as good as the care I received through civilian doctors.

    After the Walter Reed scandal exposed what was happening at military hospitals, I'm surprised so many people are willing to trust the government with their health care. Haven't any of you had experience with the VA hospitals, maybe with an older relative? The problems of inefficiency and rationing are pretty universal to gov't-run programs, imo. You don't want to deal with that when you're sick. We saw it when we received health care in Germany, too. Same old crap.

    I'd take American civilian medical care over the alternative any day. I think people won't realize what they had til it's gone. We need to fix the current system, not replace it with one that is worse.
    Some of the Vet's here got HIV after getting colonoscopies from dirty VA machines. Yukkk!

    All I've ever seen at the VA were foreign doctor's, the type that you can't understand.
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    I am very unhappy cause it cost me a good chunk of my check each week
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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by The silenced majority View Post
    There should have been the option: I have health insurance and have never needed/used it.
    Then you are lucky. That is the point of insurance, it is risk sharing.
    By definition, for some people to recieve more then they put into insurance other people need to put in more then they take. The point is that you don't know which you will be O.o

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cassandra View Post
    There are large cost overruns in Mass. due to the inability of one state to take on H.C. interest groups.
    And in what ways are they forced to "take on" these interest groups? What are the groups doing that prevents Massachusetts from being able to have whatever health care system it wants?

    Anyways, you're missing the point. It doesn't matter. Having the Federal Government do it is unconstitutional, end of discussion.

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by nerv14 View Post
    Then you are lucky. That is the point of insurance, it is risk sharing.
    By definition, for some people to recieve more then they put into insurance other people need to put in more then they take. The point is that you don't know which you will be O.o
    Why should we not explore tailoring insurance to the type of care that the payee is likely to need? Young and healthy people would pay for only catastrophic insurance needs while the elderly would pay for insurance tailored to the health needs related to their age & condition. That would be better than everyone paying for blanket health-coverage that doesn't take in to account the health and care requirements of the payee.

    I also believe that removing the cost of doctor's visits from health insurance coverage would help greatly in lowering health insurance costs.

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    And in what ways are they forced to "take on" these interest groups? What are the groups doing that prevents Massachusetts from being able to have whatever health care system it wants?
    Take one example- Big Pharma. The Federal gov't decides the length of patent protection gives them the right to charge Americans the maximum the market will bear and has (so-far) failed to stop the major Pharmaceutical cos. from paying generic companies not to compete Only the federal government can take on Big Pharma. From Attorneyatlaw.com:

    Taking Aim at ‘Pay-to-Delay’ Tactics for Generic Drugs

    "When brand-name drug makers want to keep a competitive advantage over companies that market cheaper generic versions of the same drugs, they’ll sometimes pay generic drug companies to hold off on releasing the drugs for a few years.

    The idea is simple: It’s a better deal in the long run for big drug companies to pay off generic drug makers not to market their versions, than to have the brand name drug compete with less-expensive generics.

    The practice may seem underhanded and a bit sleazy, but it’s not against the law. It’s called “pay to delay” and is mostly a dirty little secret of the pharmaceutical industry that few consumers know about, even though it forces millions of them to pay more for their prescriptions. "

    Anyways, you're missing the point. It doesn't matter. Having the Federal Government do it is unconstitutional, end of discussion.
    We already have medicare/medicaid so I guess the constitutional question is moot.

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    Re: How satisfied are you with your health insurance provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by donc View Post
    Your really shouldn’t mention Walter Reed in the same breath as the VA as they are two separate healthcare systems.
    They are both gov't run and that was rather the point.

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