Sunday 24 February 2008 - Filed under Politics
And, in another post, you said that universal health care is fiscally conservative. Dude, that is laughable, and yes, insane.
No, you’re bad at math. Right now we have a situation where millions of Americans without health insurance get no preventative care at all. So they wait until they are very sick before they go to the ER. They can’t pay their bill so the hospital is stuck with it. The rising cost of health care, among other things, reflects the fact that WE ALREADY PAY FOR THESE PEOPLE but we do so in a manner that gives them no access to preventative care and thus, it costs us much, much more.
This is a fact, by the way — that preventative care saves tons of money on the back end.
Add to this the fact that Medica, Blue Cross and all those other crooks make billions of dollars. Their business model? Make it a pain in the ass to collect benefits, both on the individual side and on the doctor’s side. Ask any doctor about it and they will tell you that those companies are professionals at dragging their feet and delaying or omitting payments. They add no value whatsoever. They just sit in the middle and get paid.
Finally, the cost of catastrophic health insurance isn’t that much! If we covered everyone with high-deductible policies that provided access from the 1st dollar to preventative care, compared to the amount of money pumped into the system today, we’d save billions of dollars. The whole point of insurance is to spread the risk around as much as possible. How about we spread it out among 3 billion people?
I thought Republicans were all about getting rid of waste? We waste money throughout the entire chain because you guys have a Red Scare called socialized medicine. We should not socialize medicine. We should absolutely socialize health insurance.
2008-02-24 » lolife