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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:07 AM
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Here's some real "change we can believe in"
Edited on Sat May-02-09 09:11 AM by SHRED
Remove private health insurance from our health care system.

DO NOT mandate it.

Should Obama advocate mandatory private insurance and we do not get a "Medicare-for-all" option, then what?


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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:30 AM
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1. Offer a medicare-like program and don't touch the existing private ones
They will have to change to compete.

If they don't then they will serve a rich niche market, and who cares?

As long as there is good coverage available to all with some sort of food-stamp-like program to enable the poorest to participate, the issue is over. Employers can still pay for it as a perk if they choose, but when people change jobs they either start picking up the tab themselves or the new employer does. It will become single-payer by default.


Opposition to doing this will be strong from the status-quo high profit lobby, but will ring hollow as long as the offered plan is touted as being targeted at the currently un- or underinsured. Get it passed and working, and then if their customer base erodes, well, that's their fault.

It does not have to be mandatory. But someone who opts out of all coverage will be in the same situation as someone who does not have collision insurance. Wreck your car, pay for the repairs yourself, or go without a car. There won't be many doing that, and they will earn well-deserved Darwin awards.
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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:41 AM
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2. I don't see it happening that way
Obama didn't initially invite any single-payer advocates to his health care summit.



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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:23 PM
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3. beside the point
I'm saying what SHOULD be done
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:26 PM
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4. Obama always said people who are happy with their doctors and insurance can keep them and the only
thing that will change is how much we have to pay.
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