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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-02-09 05:33 AM
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20. There are 19,000+ different private insurance plans in Chicago alone
Medicare has A, B, C and D, with the stupid "market" Advantage plans which make things more complex promoted by private insurance. Way less complex. That Medicare contracts paperpushing is irrelevant--they don't do underwriting or advertising or recission. The sharing arrangements with other government agencies are an argument for, not against, Medicare.

The problem with cost controls is that Medicare and private insurance use the same protocol, namely the equivalent of controlling the movement of a herd of cows by hiring a bunch of cowboys with reins to each individual cow. Single payer, as well as regulated private insurance does the equivalent of putting a fence around the them and letting them move freely within. With global budgeting, providers who cheat take money directly out of their colleagues' pockets. The colleagues notice and object. I'm only supporting buy-in to Medicare because we can't get national single payer right now.
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