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JPettus Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-13-09 03:43 AM
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25. I lived in Germany for five years
Don't know if their system could be termed "single payer" but what I do know after talking to my German colleagues there is that they really like their health care system. As one gentleman in his 60's told me, "If I am sick, I go see the doctor and it costs me 2 DM (about $5 at the exchange rate at that time) and if I need medicine, I go to the drugstore and it costs me another 2 DM for my medications.

You will always hear horror stories from the people who don't want it. But believe me, if you don't have health insurance and someone you love is injured or ill and desperately needs medical care you go to the emergency room and you are going to be charged and arm and a leg and if you are lucky, you can pay that off in a year or two. If the situation is more dire and long term care is needed, you could easily be wiped out, lose your home, lose your savings and be financially ruined in a very short time.

More, universal coverage is the only thing that will slow the escalating cost of medical care in the US. Right now the biggest reason for the rising costs are the people who are not covered. Since we consider ourselves a humane people, everyone who goes to an emergency room is supposed to be seen, regardless of the much greater cost. People without coverage will be seen but if they can't pay the bill because they have no coverage, those costs are still covered by being passed on to the people who DO have coverage in the form of higher costs.

Higher costs for medical care causes premiums to go up, which makes it even more difficult for some people who could barely afford coverage before to now be unable to afford it.

For all the talk about socialized medicine, nearly a third of our population is already on it, in the form of government employees, medicaid, medicare, etc.

IMO, it makes sense to find a way to achieve universal coverage to protect our citizens.

The reason I *don't* like O's plan is that it does not provide universal coverage and is still very much like what we have. IMO, what we have had hasn't worked and can't work until it dramatically slows the rising cost of medical care.

Just my two cents, so now everyone flame away!
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