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  •  My recent experience, similar to yours Untying... (6+ / 0-)

    And I've been howling and ranting for the last, at least, 10 years. Anyway, here's what I really really just don't get. So many of the stakeholders, most all of them except for a handful of super-capitalistic doctors, know full well how FktUp the current situation is. They have to know, because they deal with it every day. Now as you may recall, perhaps most notably, the Calfifornia Assn of Nurses was very vociferous about implementing single-payer. The coin I'm turning in my fingers has two sides. One, why in the world aren't more of the stakeholders, even businesses saddled with high insurance costs, more activist about changing the status quo? The other? there seems to be no rationaization, as in the smoothing over of things, when the technology involved in medical care keeps aiming for the stratosphere. Yes, those tests at the lab really are expensive, and someone has to pay for it or it (purportedly) wouldn't/won't exist. Doctors order all the tests contained in their official protocols, and you were lucky to have one or two docs who at least warned you of the costs. Even that's not typical. But otherwise what do they try to do about it?

    "wrong" it's the new Right.

    by Green Queen on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:55:24 PM PDT

    •  I ask the same questions! (4+ / 0-)

      Some businesses are coming around to that line of thinking, as costs rise and they look to cut coverage and unload employees onto government programs. One issue, someone noted above, was that for many years the trend was to increase compensation through better benefits because they weren't taxed as heavily. Now, as benefits are cut there isn't a corresponding boost in salary to make up for the loss in compensation. Its a loss all the way around for the worker. We can hope more businesses will support a better system and some will. Many others will just be happy to find a way to pay less or even none of the health care costs for employees, focusing so much on their bottom line they ignore the systemic crisis they're contributing to.

      I guess this is as much a rant as any real answer to your questions but I appreciate the comment. Its a sad state of affairs but at least somewhat improved by the ACA.

      "Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking." -Keynes

      by UntyingTheNot on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 02:25:27 PM PDT

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