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  •  Just heard K.B. Hutchinson on CNN (9+ / 0-)

    pushing this kind of reasoning: she's worried that if we had a national/single-payer health plan, employers who didn't offer their employees a health plan would be fined to pay for it, and that would be a disincentive for them to hire new employees. WTF?

    She's also worried that a national plan would "bleed" the profits away from private insurers, thus diminishing the high quality of care they provide, or some such bullshit.

    I just shrugged, and wiped the drool off my chin.

    America: Covering the Asses of the Ruling Classes Since 1913

    by Executive Odor on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 04:12:06 PM PDT

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    •  Bleed the profits away from them? When their (3+ / 0-)

      profits are some of the most outsized of any industry, anywhere on the planet?  "Bleed" their profits?  When they would kill a policy holder rather than pay for him or her to ask the opinion of a specialist, or simply have an asthma medication administered?  

      She is truly living in la-la land.

      •  She was incoherent and evasive. (1+ / 0-)
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        Blitzer let her ramble on without challenge, even letting her dodge questions to get her own talking points in. And, just for good theater, she was sitting in a hospital room during the segment.

        Maybe I'm missing something, but if we had a single-payer health plan, wouldn't employers be off the hook for health coverage, anyway? Wouldn't that be an INCENTIVE to hire more people?

        As for the insurance industry's profits, I couldn't care less. But Hutchinson obviously cares a great deal. They've had decades to rip off the public, and she's all for it.

        America: Covering the Asses of the Ruling Classes Since 1913

        by Executive Odor on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 11:32:55 PM PDT

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        •  Depends on the plan (1+ / 0-)
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          In VT, any employer who has 3 or more employees must either provide insurance, or pay a small amount toward the state's insurance plan. However, the state's insurance plan is really cheap (like $65/mo - $150/mo depending on the employee's salary). Unless the employer is about to go out of business anyway, this is not an amount that's likely to cause a huge hardship. Worst case, the employer might forego 40 cents/hr worth of employee raises, or annual bonuses, or some other expense until the new cost is covered.

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          by mataliandy on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 08:45:42 AM PDT

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