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  •  Medicare for all is the best way (7+ / 0-)

    to go and I am in the health care field.  By allowing those priced out of the health care insurance market to buy into medicare would allow Medicare to be sustained for the long run.

    The reimbursements are lower however and if the reimbursements were a little higher, the doctors would like it a whole lot better.  

    What is a shocker is the price of medical equipment.  $22000 to 40,000 for a cautery machine that could be easily reproduced at Costco prices.  

    We are getting ripped off by those companies.

    There has to be a Costco way of providing this specialized medical machinery which could be duplicated in someone's basement by someone with an bio-engineering degree.

    •  Dems could have done this with ACA (4+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, WheninRome, brook, dfarrah

      or at least could have 'tried'. Instead, they compromised with Repubs and we got a few 'nice to have' rules bolted onto the same old unsustainable, most expensive HC system in the world.

      Which is why the Dems are desperately scraping the barrel to find votes for Obama.

      If Dems lived up to Dem principles, this election would be a land slide already.

      "It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." - Morpheus

      by CitizenOfEarth on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 09:36:01 AM PDT

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      •  Any Dem that's at the bottom of the barrel (2+ / 0-)
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        mooshter, vet

        and needs to be scraped up is a Dem that hasn't thought about a Supreme Court staffed by Justices vetted by Robert Bork and  his ilk!

        "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

        by fhcec on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 02:13:04 PM PDT

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        •  The Party of Austerity (1+ / 0-)
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          dfarrah

          Party of Austerity explains why things are as they are.  It's worth a close read to help understand the "big picture" as ugly as it is.

          Similarly, the health care bill was sold on “bending the cost curve” and constrained by statutory paygo, which made it impossible to bring forward a new program with any deficit spending. Obama turned to austerity rhetorically in 2010 when there were large majorities in Congress, and by the middle of that year fiscal policy had turned negative at the federal level. We have the lowest number of federal employees as a share of the population since the 1960s, and the lowest amount of public investment in terms of discretionary spending as a share of GDP since the Eisenhower Administration. I know this because Obama touts it, over and over.
          We are losing our base and without honestly looking at this stuff we deserve to lose it.
    •  I have a friend who has a friend who is (2+ / 0-)
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      tbirchard, cassandracarolina

      a dentist and quite knowledgeable about medical equipment. He made his own gear out of superior materials with greater efficacy for one tenth the cost........medical insurance didn't like it. Has to be the bloated corporate network schlock or they don't play.

      •  Because if an injury results from provable... (0+ / 0-)

        equipment malfuction, any liability that results in a large judgement to the patient or their estate will fall to the manufacturer.

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