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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-25-09 04:30 PM
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20. Exactly. They are the main reason why our Health Care
system is so expensive. They are for-profit, so from every dollar people pay for coverage, approx. one third of that goes to cover the overhead of a private industry.

Medicare's overhead is ten times less.

The service they provide can and is provided much more efficiently by other government run programs, like Medicare, Medicaid and even the VA. Any problems they have can be fixed, and could and would be fixed more efficiently if all the money going into the unnecessary private system was being used to actually provide care.

As far as fears of job losses if the private industry collapsed, there would be plenty of jobs available once the system changed over to a publicly funded system.

A tax, such as the one we pay for Medicare, would be far more fair. I am sure that people and businesses now paying huge premiums, would not object to a tax that would probably less than they are paying for premiums, since everyone would be contributing according to what they earn.

The Private Insurance Industry is a burden on the American people. Financially there is not question about that. And we all know how many Americans have died as a result of this system.

The fact that this bill is over 2500 pages long, trying to figure out ways to funnel all money into the Private Industry, is simply mind-boggling.

The only way keeping them in charge of our health care can be justified, is if you are a believer in Ayn Rand/Friedman type Capitalism. The same system that has brought our economy to its knees and turned this country from a humantarian society that puts its citizens first, into nothing more than huge gambling casino where even life is viewed as a commodity to bet on.

It is an immoral system. And it's sad to see how indoctrinated people are that even try to defend it.
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  -THERE IS NO NEED FOR PRIVATE INSURERS TO EXIST Lerkfish  Dec-25-09 06:27 AM   #0 
  - Yes.  mmonk   Dec-25-09 06:30 AM   #1 
  - From 1980 mostly  Turbineguy   Dec-25-09 05:39 PM   #26 
  - Sicko: Ronald Reagan On The Evils Of Socialized Medicine  G_j   Dec-25-09 05:52 PM   #28 
  - I realized that years ago...  IthinkThereforeIAM   Dec-25-09 06:18 PM   #30 
     - But we are led to believe the  Enthusiast   Dec-26-09 05:30 AM   #59 
  - I like Life insurers, unless they are also health insurers.  pundaint   Dec-25-09 10:14 PM   #44 
     - Life insurers successfully compete with Social Security Survivors' benefits  eridani   Dec-26-09 12:07 AM   #51 
  - Exactly. They are the main reason why our Health Care  sabrina 1   Dec-25-09 04:30 PM   #20 
     - Perfectly said, Sabrina.  Enthusiast   Dec-26-09 06:02 AM   #61 
     - Let's remember, they are just pushing paper  bfarq   Dec-26-09 11:17 AM   #67 
  - well they do, we don't and they're not.  cali   Dec-25-09 06:33 AM   #2 
  - +1  TreasonousBastard   Dec-25-09 07:12 AM   #3 
  - +1!!!!  uponit7771   Dec-25-09 09:27 PM   #36 
  - +1  LaydeeBug   Dec-25-09 10:18 PM   #45 
  - +1  amborin   Dec-27-09 01:07 AM   #71 
  - There is no point arguing about the impossible  bfarq   Dec-26-09 12:03 AM   #50 
     - I think there needs to be auto insurance reform...  dencol   Dec-26-09 01:40 AM   #53 
     - bfarq letting his intelligence get in the way of the truth  dothemath   Dec-26-09 05:26 AM   #57 
        - You aren't making any sense  bfarq   Dec-26-09 08:05 AM   #62 
  - Money makes them relevant  Cary   Dec-25-09 07:35 AM   #4 
  - According to traditional history which is recorded specifically about the wealthy.  ipaint   Dec-25-09 08:05 AM   #5 
  - It depends what you mean by "winning" and "losing"  Cary   Dec-25-09 08:21 AM   #6 
  - And that revolution ended with Naploeon  Hippo_Tron   Dec-26-09 12:11 AM   #52 
  - The Cuban Revolution!  Xicano   Dec-25-09 04:03 PM   #19 
  - Damn right I would. AND I'd use my bountiful financial resources to make sure the people  bertman   Dec-25-09 09:37 PM   #39 
  - Health insurance is a SCAM. We'd be MUCH better off without it.  jtrockville   Dec-25-09 08:47 AM   #7 
  - BINGO!  ThatsMyBarack   Dec-25-09 02:54 PM   #16 
  - Damn right we would. Needs to go the way of slavery and be illegal.  harun   Dec-25-09 09:34 PM   #38 
  - Any DUers from the province in CAN which has gov't run auto insurance?  AP   Dec-25-09 09:09 AM   #8 
  - So, tell us something we don't already know!  DailyGrind51   Dec-25-09 10:16 AM   #9 
  - we have the option of paying the penalty  northernlights   Dec-25-09 10:23 AM   #10 
  - Nope. The real problem lies  Enthusiast   Dec-26-09 05:56 AM   #60 
     - so how do *you* propose to create universal health care  northernlights   Dec-26-09 10:17 AM   #64 
        - I never get to see a doctor anyway.  Enthusiast   Dec-26-09 10:32 AM   #65 
           - I avoid doctors like the plague  northernlights   Dec-26-09 11:55 AM   #70 
  - especially since they are just paper pushers who deny coverage and overcharge. It is BS I agree.  glinda   Dec-25-09 11:32 AM   #11 
  - Happy go give this a K&R on Christmas day.  MelissaB   Dec-25-09 02:40 PM   #12 
  - value added  rampart   Dec-25-09 02:49 PM   #14 
  - One of the fundamental cash cows supporting the parasite class. n/t  Greyhound   Dec-25-09 02:51 PM   #15 
  - None...Nein....Zip  colsohlibgal   Dec-25-09 03:30 PM   #17 
  - Private health insurance is like an umbrella that melts in the rain.  Odin2005   Dec-25-09 03:45 PM   #18 
  - Absolutely no need . . . Except to keep the pockets of our legislators filled???  defendandprotect   Dec-25-09 04:32 PM   #21 
  - Absolutely  postulater   Dec-25-09 04:33 PM   #22 
  - Of course  HughMoran   Dec-25-09 04:38 PM   #23 
  - K&R.  Vidar   Dec-25-09 04:44 PM   #24 
  - Correct! Off with their heads! Maybe THEN they will shut up!  RedCloud   Dec-25-09 04:57 PM   #25 
  - Interesting comments in the Guardian by Noam Chomsky, on the  Joe Chi Minh   Dec-25-09 05:49 PM   #27 
  - there is no need for LOTS of things, but they exist anyway  divideetimpera   Dec-25-09 05:58 PM   #29 
  - The state governments are even cheaper to purchase than the federal  TheKentuckian   Dec-26-09 10:40 AM   #66 
  - Health "insurance" is a scam.  kestrel91316   Dec-25-09 07:20 PM   #31 
  - The only reason they exist is to ensure their continued existence...  BrklynLiberal   Dec-25-09 07:48 PM   #32 
  - K & R  RoccoR5955   Dec-25-09 08:10 PM   #33 
  - We pay a premium to access a smaller pool of money than we already have.  donco6   Dec-25-09 08:35 PM   #34 
  - A growing Liberal Voice, while great to see, is already being recognized as a threat  NorthCarolina   Dec-25-09 09:26 PM   #35 
  - exactly: stop PAYING them  peanut   Dec-25-09 09:33 PM   #37 
  - Count me as rec #140.  bertman   Dec-25-09 09:38 PM   #40 
  - All they produce is  The Wizard   Dec-25-09 09:47 PM   #41 
  - It's sad, but EVER so true!  Plucketeer   Dec-25-09 09:53 PM   #42 
  - K&R  leftstreet   Dec-25-09 10:00 PM   #43 
  - Kicking this to the top  Digit   Dec-25-09 10:46 PM   #46 
  - .  Usrename   Dec-25-09 10:49 PM   #47 
  - Indeed....but the idea of insurance is a good one... if greed isn't running it.  AlbertCat   Dec-25-09 11:50 PM   #48 
  - Woulda coulda shoulda  Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin   Dec-25-09 11:53 PM   #49 
  - K & R! nt  earth mom   Dec-26-09 02:23 AM   #54 
  - 187 Recs  Ed76638   Dec-26-09 04:35 AM   #55 
  - That damn elephant won't get under the rug.  moondust   Dec-26-09 05:11 AM   #56 
  - Rec! This is what I've been saying  Enthusiast   Dec-26-09 05:27 AM   #58 
  - K&R  invictus   Dec-26-09 08:43 AM   #63 
  - What value do Ins. Companies add? Why are the needed?  Little Star   Dec-26-09 11:32 AM   #68 
  - No other industrialized country allows insurance companies to make a profit from  avaistheone1   Dec-26-09 11:40 AM   #69 
  - I agree, How do we get rid of them?  johnaries   Dec-27-09 01:11 AM   #72 
  - kr  Norrin Radd   Dec-27-09 03:27 AM   #73 
  - There is indeed a need.  Orsino   Dec-27-09 07:35 AM   #74 
  - There's not need to Apple to exist!  Jeff In Milwaukee   Dec-27-09 08:25 AM   #75 

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