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  •  The only solution is for government to get (11+ / 0-)

    involved, and on several levels. We have to provide a guaranteed, affordable source of coverage for every American, regardless of their circumstance. COBRA is useless if you can't afford the coverage, and it's wickedly expensive. If you really stop and think about it, health insurance + for-profit organizations is a seriously sick solution, and it always has been. But, there is abuse on both sides. I used to process medical claims for a living, and I know that there is waste in the medical field too, and there is fraud, and there is the fine line of taking advantage of decent coverage. We do need to keep an eye on that too. We do also need to ensure that there is rich funding for medical research, because as long as there is a profit incentive for new discoveries, we will continue to be the research engine for the world. Take that incentive away, and we will see a decline in innovation and research. I guess the bottom line for me is that something as critical as health care shouldn't be in the hands of Capitalist organizations. It never belonged there, and it's time to stop it. At the same time, we need to keep pumping money into research so that the incentive is still there to be inventive.

    "...the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly." - Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

    by Good Hope Road on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:11:01 AM PST

    •  Real socialized medicine would fix that. (1+ / 0-)
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      The government owns and runs the clinics and the hospitals, just as it does the public schools.  Doctors and labs work for the people.  Period.  No fraud is possible.  Just like school teachers, the doctors are government employees.

      When my husband was in the Marine Corps, my family had socialized healthcare.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Call and get an appointment, and go.  Take the kid before he's so sick you're afraid he'll die.  No premiums.  No payments.  Nothing.  Just access to health care when you need it.

      However, I'm willing to accept single payer, in which the government merely handles the MONEY, and the actual care remains in private hands.  Incredibly, people keep referring to single payer as "socialism." It isn't.

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