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View Diary: Justin Amash (R) gets Town Hall question: "Why would we want to trust insurance companies...?" (170 comments)

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  •  i think this misrepresents the argument (0+ / 0-)

    The competition is not intended to come from patients directly. It would instead come from insurance companies. The insurers would negotiate with providers. End consumers would choose insurers using price as a guide. So insurers most successful at negotiating prices would be able to offer the lowest prices.

    •  So how in the world (1+ / 0-)
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      does Obamacare threaten this system?

      It seems that by regulating how much insurance companies can profit, and by providing exchanges, Obamacare is actually making it easier for consumers to make intelligent and informed choices in picking insurance providers.

      If  a Republican wants to make the argument that it's insurance companies he wants the competition from, then he is not arguing against Obamacare--he is arguing for Obamacare.

      That's why I'm saying--they've got nothing.

      Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

      by NCJan on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 08:13:42 AM PDT

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      •  im not sure what the response would be (0+ / 0-)

        I find it difficult to entirely understand the republican opposition to a republican designed plan.

        We better be careful with that regulated profit thing. It gives incentives for insurers to increase their costs.

      •  on second thought (0+ / 0-)

        A hole in the aca is that it does not create system-wide competition. The system still encourages employer provided insurance. The bulk of end consumers will still not be adding competitveness to the insurance market unless it is indirect via their employer.

        •  Employer provided insurance (0+ / 0-)

          I imagine that having employer provided insurance increases competition and lowers prices.

          People getting together and buying things as groups always does this.

          For example, I never had to worry about having a pre-existing condition as long as I was covered by an employer.

          It may not be that the employee him or herself chooses the insurance company, but frankly I was always happy to trust that my employer would come up with a better deal than I could.

          Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

          by NCJan on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 01:35:14 PM PDT

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