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    radical simplicity, Steven D

    To limit the pool, they will have to insure, within guidelines set by the Federal government, people who have not had insurance and desperately NEED it.  This means they're not only getting those 27-year olds who are hale and hearty, they're getting the 45-year old with high blood pressure and uncontrolled Type II diabetes, the 36-year old waitress who fell last year and has been working with back and knee pain that she hasn't been able to see a doctor for, the 50-year old who hasn't seen a dentist in 10 years and so on.

    They are going to have to actually pay out 80% of what they take in -- and with a larger pool and limits on what they can charge, that may very well mean that the days of the $10,000,000 salary are setting fast.

    Heaven forfend that medical insurance return to its roots of spreading out the risk, and actually paying for care, rather than simply being a piggy bank for some of the worst of the 1%.

    "There isn't a way things should be. There's just what happens, and what we do." — Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky)

    by stormicats on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:49:16 AM PST

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