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  •  Where was The Rand Corp. all these years? (0+ / 0-)

    All these years with no health care for all Americans, and where was The Rand Corp. on this issue?  Last time I looked, the Rand Corp. was funded in great part by taxpayers, so one would expect that they be non-profit.  I wonder if all their employees get health care.  I would guess that they do.

     The Rand Corp. (spoofed by Dr. Strangelove as The Bland Corp.) never seemed to be interested in health care until now.  I guess they're finally realizing that corporations can't continue to pay the exorbitant cost of health insurance and still compete with corporations whose governments cover all citizens.  Also, some countries actually control and regulate health costs, but in the U.S. we have something like economic anarchy where there are no rules or regulations on making money, and in the recent past, the ones we might have, haven't really been enforced.

    Couldn't all those brilliant people who work for the Rand Corp. figure out that there's always a demand for health care and that invisible hands and the laws of supply and demand don't apply to issues of life and death?  Also, people can and will be forced to pay exorbitant amounts of money for things they can't live without, unless of course, someone with an ounce of commen sense does something about it.  It certainly took them a long time to figure out the obvious.

    So it must be that the Rand Corp. is concerned about health care affecting how much money a corporation can make and how this affects  investors and the future economic security of the entire United States of America.  They never seemed to be interested in health care when the forgotten people without it suffered and died in silence.  Well, we'll take their support if they're willing to give it.  After all, it's barbaric to brag that you're the richest nation on the planet when so many of your people are suffering and dying because the people who are supposed to care really don't.    

    •  Rand is frequently cited for this study of copays (0+ / 0-)

      The study compared how people used health care in circumstances where it was free, a small co-pay, an a large co-pay. What they found is that higher co pays caused people to use less care, but they went without both needed and unneeded care.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 10:22:31 AM PDT

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      •  Health care should have been done long ago (0+ / 0-)

        because it's the moral, humane, decent, and right thing to do.  It's very disappointing that it's always and only about money for many people, especially the people who make these decisions.

      •  Higher co-pays leading to less care seems obvious (0+ / 0-)

        Health care should be done because without it, people suffer and die.  It's really very simple.  Even a child can figure that out, sometimes even better than lots of adults.

        •  What's interesting about the study was (0+ / 0-)

          the higher copays didn't really save money in the long term, because people missed necessary care as well.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 03:56:46 PM PDT

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