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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 01:14 AM

43. Those are differences, but not major to me, let alone "complete"

 

They're both insurance i.e. gambling against yourself with a house keeping the profit.

Proper health care would change this, and they would be MORE different.

The ultimate focus of both really is others. The social and behavioral pressures that come along with health insurance don't push you towards a life that's more pleasurable for yourself, or that represents your values and goals - UNLESS your values are primarily a long, productive work life. It is quite clearly oriented at being the most profitable, whether it's clearly visible to you or not who is getting the profit from the money that moves through the system. In sum, the major "risk" insured against with American health insurance is the risk of excess financial loss for your lifelong medical care.


Personally I think there are too many things wrong with our system right now for any practical move to be anything but a temporary workaround while things slowly get fixed. I think the for-profit sector has to be removed. At best, the boards of medical institutions ought to have the right to invest excess funds in the market to profit the institution, but there simply shouldn't BE for-profit medical care. And the decisions about what medicine to research need to be taken back from corporations and given back to the wider academic community, so that more possibly-unprofitable-but-profoundly-useful discoveries can be made again, and more outside-the-mainstream research gets done. Once THAT's out of the way, designing the insurance is a lot simpler. But. We need insurance until then, assuming "then" ever comes.

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