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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-22-06 06:04 PM
Response to Reply #34
38. People are already dying
and people and businesses and hospitals are already going bankrupt (or cutting off what benefits they have).

Currently, the system doesn't have much incentive (outside some types of HMO's) to offer affordable, preventative healthcare and wellness programs. Due to adverse selection- early maintence care for chronic conditions like diabetes rarely exists- what you see instead are really expensive treatments for harmful results- amputations, end stage renal failure and the like.

The poster above notes a common sentiment- that's we'll never get something like a single payer plan- one that cuts the parasites (those who do nothing but push paper and try to deny care) and the HR folks (who try to get you covered) out of the system.

I disagree. You're correct that it'll cause some short term suffering- but I think that'll be outwieghed both in terms of suffering and economic gain from a long term fix.

And I think the only way that it'll happen is through a fairly widespread crisis- one that, incidently, would benefit the Dems, if they ever got their noses out of the same corporate asses that fund the far right.
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