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By Bill May, November 14, 2008 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
My suggestion to the healthcare shortfalls in America:
Take the medical insurance business away from the insurance companies (since they no longer deserve the business), and give it to the U.S. Government.
The government can provide every American with insurance and a decent monthly rate (about $96 per month per working American), to pay for the benefit. Insurance companies can continue to sell supplement policies to the wealthier people that want it, if they want to.
This would create a large demand for medical services (doctors, nurses, administration, etc., i.e.JODS). Since 40% of Americans will now have insurance, businesses would not have to pay for their employees health insurance policies; healthy employees are productive employees.
Doctors would actually make decisions based on a person’s health problems, not by whether or not they have insurance. Hospitals would not have to charge 4 times more for services to make up for the people that don’t have insurance, because everyone will have health care coverage. And, drugs can be provided at a huge savings in comparison to todays rates under the private sector.
It has been argued that the private sector would create competition, driving the costs below what the government can provide. This has not happened in America’s healthcare industry. The government can actually provide coverage for less than the insurance companies.
What are we waiting for, we need a bill that can be presented to government as soon as President Obama gets into office.
I would not mind $96 per month coming out of my paycheck for my health insurance thru the government, just as I don’t mind paying my social security benefits so I can retire one day without sleeping on the streets. This would fund the program and allow everyone to pick up the insurance when they can in year 1 and provide for children immediately. Year 2 can pick up the unemployed.
I’m sorry but illegals will have to apply and become citizens to get government healthcare; but we could make it easier for them to do that. If they have an employer that will hire them (at legal rates), and is willing to sponcer them to become citizens, then they should be able to.
It just doesn’t seem that difficult to be fair and be responsible members of our society.
By Anarcissie, November 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment
It wasn’t a very effective knife. Poor Lieberman. He seems rather pathetic and this point.