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  •  Problem is healthcare too expensive, not who pays (2+ / 0-)

    This is misdirected stress over who pays full freight vs. discounted, for a service that is much too expensive.

    My went to graduate school and got a phd in biology, with some skills relevant to biotech or genetics. Right now, jobs in biomedical research or even drug development chemistry are somewhat scarce due to layoffs, and many people work for years until they are nearly 40 at the standard NIH payscale of $39,000/year (and there are famous cases of people having to leave the field entirely because permanent jobs aren't there).
        However, people who went through medical school but then specialize in very similar research work - running clinical trials, or pathology research where they are mainly in a lab rather than treating patients - often get much much higher wages and command more resources and larger budgets. This is because there is restricted entry into medical school, so there is a shortage of medical doctors, but biology majors have become a dime a dozen.
       In any case, there are some high salaries and high profits in medicine, and there is no way for prices to go down without eliminating these factors which are maintaining artificial high prices now

    •  and that really wasn't the issue posed (0+ / 0-)

      I agree, no one except the super rich can afford unlimited care for all problems.

      Nevertheless,  I didn't say I wanted a health insurance system over single payer, or that payscales in general made sense.  Just that I know what the difference between living on $94k or $50k is, and it is large.  And if we are talking about meeting needs in a law intended to make health insurance more affordable,  wage scales can't really be addressed by the law.  Or even by our dysfunctional Congress.

      Save the family with a $100k, it's a major problem.   That was the original comment I addressed.  

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