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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-11-09 11:56 AM
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7. For various reasons, it wouldn't work, period
Immediately, your risk pool would be too small. It would probably be saturated right away with those that needed health care the most and were already weeded out of the system, requiring a high per capita payout.

Most importantly, it would work because health care is unaffordably expensive and out of reach of the average American -- if the top quintile isn't paying unproportionally for the care of the lower quintiles, no one can ever afford it (currently, the top quintile pays 6% of their income while the bottom quintile pays 22% of their income). This is actually the bottom line, as to why the "public option" will not work, because (aside from subsidization), it isn't focused on redistributive health care like the rest of the industrialized world.
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