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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    I support a single payer healthcare system. Insurance companies do not have patients as their goal. I think for profit healthcare is wrong. The goal should be to help and heal those that are sick, not squeeze them for money and leave them to die if they can't afford it. I completely understand that doctors and staff need to be paid and that procedures cost money, but insurance companies aren't in it to help people or look out for their consumer. I'm sick of being dependent on insurance companies that can do whatever they want to and charge whatever they want to while we are the ones who lose in the long run.
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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    not a proper analogy In a private system, I pay my share based on risks as do others

    In a single payer many people don't contribute their share
    Then design a single-payer system similar to Medicaid except instead of the partnership being between the federal government and the states, it's between the People and the federal government. Such a system could work like this:

    The People pay a health care tax no more than we currently pay into Social Security. The federal government then contributes a percentage of funding based on Census data equal to the ratio of our national poverty rate, i.e., U.S. population is 300 million, number of those living in poverty is 47 millions = 14.1:1 ratio. Meaning that for every 14 people who pays into the single-payer health care system, the government would contribute 14% of the total taxes collected for the health care system to cover the poor. Now, where would this additional money come from - that 14%? Logically, you'd spread the tax liability across all aspects of the private health care system - pharmacueticals (5%), medical equipment (3%), medical supplies (1%), etc., etc., until that 14% is reached. This rate would be fixed until the next national Census data is published and the costs/taxes adjusted accordingly not on inflation alone but on total population PLUS the cost of medical care. So, if our nation's population decreases, medical care should also decrease because our nation should be healtier and their would be fewer people to service - healthy or unhealthy. Either way, the cost would be spread around equally to both the people and the government. The incentive for the government would be to "incentivise" the private sector to create job opportunities. But the tax burden for the poor wouldn't be on the People. It would be the medical industry in partnership with the federal government. Still, there would be a 3-tiered effect: the working-class paying into the single-payer health care system, the medical industry contributing via minimal taxation to aid the poor (since we keep hearing how the private sector should volunteer more aid to the poor) and the government doing it's part to help its citizens overall. A win-win-win scenario.

    Now, former President Reagan was right when he said, "The best social program is a job." And surely creating avenues whereby the poor can attain full employment is the ideal goal, but let's be real here. There will always be poor people. The trick is to do whatever is necessary in partnership between the private sector and the federal government to keep unemployment as close to ZERO as possible. That hasn't happened in this country for a while even before our economic crisis. We have alot of work still left to do yet, but one day WE will come to our collective senses and realize, much as the People of the Orient do today and have for generations, that we're all connected, in the same boat. We sink or swim, live or die together. (And no, this is not a Kumbiyah momemt but it would be nice if we could all just get along.)
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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Tricare is perhaps the best argument available for why a single-payer medical system wouldn't work. on top of having reimbursement rates close to medicaid (which means that your providers outside of military hospitals are limited), it's also a bureacratic nightmare.

    it took me the better part of 2 years to convince those people that the woman on my marriage certificate who was also listed as the mother of my child was - in fact - my wife. because her father is a retiree... so she's already in the system under another sponsor who doesn't have us as a primary... and everyone knows that you can't be the daughter of one person and the wife of another. it was another two years after that that they finally got around to picking up the charge and I got a 15,000 unpaid medical bill off my credit report.

    THEN they accused me of fraud. turns out when my son was born the Hospital sent the bill before we had filled out the Birth certificate / SS info; so in the place of first name they put "baby". as in "Baby Smith". but here I was claiming to have a child whose first name was not 'Baby'.

    as for affordability... yes, when you are able to dump a significant portion of your costs into a provider network (military doctors, medics, corpsmen, hospitals, aid stations, etc), then it helps "make you profitable".
    Because this could never happen with a private insurance provider, right? Do you understand, at all, that isolated anectdotal experiences do not equal evidence?

    Apparently not.

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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I support a single payer healthcare system. Insurance companies do not have patients as their goal. I think for profit healthcare is wrong. The goal should be to help and heal those that are sick, not squeeze them for money and leave them to die if they can't afford it. I completely understand that doctors and staff need to be paid and that procedures cost money, but insurance companies aren't in it to help people or look out for their consumer. I'm sick of being dependent on insurance companies that can do whatever they want to and charge whatever they want to while we are the ones who lose in the long run.
    You are starting to sound moderate. I like it.

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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    no, nor do i think it heavily impacts this discussion. the centralization of the provision of food under a "single payer" is economically a very similar method of resource allocation as the centralization of the provision of healthcare under a "single payer".
    It's hugely different, in that if you express public discontent with the Chinese system, you go to jail. Thus, there is ZERO means for the average citizen to change or impact the system. That makes a huge difference. In the American political system, WE ARE THE SYSTEM, and you have multiple means, at your disposal, to correct a problem. The system is DIRECTLY answerable to the people, not vice versa (the Chinese system).

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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    It's hugely different, in that if you express public discontent with the Chinese system, you go to jail. Thus, there is ZERO means for the average citizen to change or impact the system. That makes a huge difference. In the American political system, WE ARE THE SYSTEM, and you have multiple means, at your disposal, to correct a problem. The system is DIRECTLY answerable to the people, not vice versa (the Chinese system).
    That's not true at all, even under the last health care bill, cost effectiveness is placed under control of an unelected board.

    For any UHC/Single player system to work, you're going to have to have a NICE (U.K.'s cost effective board) type council regulating who does and doesn't get care.
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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    That's not true at all, even under the last health care bill, cost effectiveness is placed under control of an unelected board.

    For any UHC/Single player system to work, you're going to have to have a NICE (U.K.'s cost effective board) type council regulating who does and doesn't get care.
    And the unelected board answers to elected officials. Why is this so hard for you people?

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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    And the unelected board answers to elected officials. Why is this so hard for you people?
    It doesn't if they're jobs are insulated with some sort of tenure.
    That's par for the course with these type of things.

    They are seated, typically for life (or the duration of their career) and they are free to "judge" unmolested.
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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Nor do pretentious poses of superiority....UHC cannot not work on a macro scale, demand ALWAYS outpaces supply.


    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Because this could never happen with a private insurance provider, right? Do you understand, at all, that isolated anectdotal experiences do not equal evidence?

    Apparently not.
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    Re: Are You in Favor of a Single Payer Health Care System?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amazed View Post
    Nor do pretentious poses of superiority....UHC cannot not work on a macro scale, demand ALWAYS outpaces supply.
    It can if we make it more cost effective and efficient. With UHC the cost of profit does not factor, as it is a service and not a for profit enterprise. Even so, we could allow states to manage their own healthcare system if we had to. A large part of the demand is people coming in for routine physical maintenance, something that doesn't necessarily require an MD. Certain states and countries allow clinical pharmacists to see patients and write prescription for maintenance drugs while MDs can use their time in more serious areas (like the ER or complicated diagnosis). There are cost cutting measures that we can take, taking profit out of the equation can lower costs, and it is feasible.
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