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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-06-03 05:45 AM
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4. I think the latter

We had state single payer health care on the ballot in Oregon, it was a voluntary plan. It went down something like 60/40, but still got more support than I thought it would. It wasn't even widely promoted. That plan had business paying some and the employee paying some and the percentage seemed higher than the 7.5%, but I could be wrong on that.

Anyway, I think the reason it went down was more due to a lack of trust in government to manage the thing than the actual cost. If we could really get national health care at 7.5%, then that means a mom & pop could provide insurance to a $1200 mo. employee at only $90. That is a heck of a deal and I think most businesses would gladly do that. I just think people don't have any trust in government run health care. They look at the VA, county hospitals, medicaid, medicare and say 'I don't want that'. Plus they don't think it would stay at an affordable rate anyway because nothing ever does. So I don't know if we'll ever get to single payer in this country.
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