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  •  Republicans May Lead the Way to Single Payer (2+ / 0-)
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    fhcec, Mr Robert

    Should Republicans gain control this year, I see their policies possibly leading to a single-payer system.  The proposed Medicaid cuts will leave millions uninsured. Romney has said he will make all health insurance premiums tax deductible.  This sounds innocuous but could result in employers getting out of the insurance business. Instead of acquiring health insurance for its employees, a company may turn what they pay in premiums over to employees as extra salary.  The employees could then go out and purchase tax-deductible insurance on their own.  Employers would then index this yearly payment to regular inflation, dumping rising medical costs onto their employees.  Finally, the Republican Medicare plan is designed to last, at best, for only 9 years (i.e., when people find out what it means, they will recoil).

    The result is likely to create a health care crisis. Hospitals will close while people remain sick or even die for lack of health care.  Which way will we turn then?

    •  We are already headed for crisis (2+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, Mr Robert

      with rising insurance costs hitting both employers and consumers hard. We should not wish for it to get worse faster. That is no guarantee we will quickly go to a better system, since no Republican is going to vote for single payer. It goes against their whole ideology, the idea that government can do something that works and is more efficient than the private sector (Despite the example of Canada showing that this is so).

      •  At some point, (0+ / 0-)

        when there are riots in the streets, even Rs will have to reconsider their stance on some issues.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 06:22:02 PM PDT

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    •  BCBS Sucks ! Health care insurance LOL (0+ / 0-)

      Google BCBS Sucks page after page where people have been denied claims they will pocket the money some how with creative book keeping

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