Here’s a link from the LA times.
When I saw the title to this, at first I thought it was a joke: “Mandate minus price controls may increase healthcare costs”, it says.
May increase healthcare costs? May? Are you kidding me?
The healthcare companies have been denying care and raising costs for years and that’s why we have pills that cost hundreds of dollars each and health care insurance that could easily cost more than a family even makes in a year.
And they think those prices might rise? Those prices are going to keep on rising until someone or something stops them. That’s all there is to it. Private companies are not people, and they don’t do nice things out of the goodness of their hearts; they’re companies, and their sole reason for being is profit. If there’s a way to make more profit, they’re going to do it.
(It never ceases to amaze me that people who will believe that humans are sinful creatures will believe that a corporation, composed of sinful humans, is somehow infallible and that we should let them run everything.)
I thought it was bad enough when Obama dismissed a single-payer health care program right from the beginning. Now it’s sounding like there may not even be any public option in the end at all. Oh, great.
Then Obama tells us we might all have to buy into a system, similar to being required to buy auto insurance. What?! Am I the only one who remembers that during the campaign, Obama said making people buy into a system was a bad idea? Hillary was for it and he was agin it. Made me want to vote for him. And now he goes back on it. Nice.
Well, I say to myself, surely they’ll get something done, right? Maybe they’ll at least force the health insurance companies to lower their prices?
And now it looks like the answer to that one is no.
Sooooo……why are we even bothering to debate this then? We’re not going to create a national system…we’re not going to provide a public option…we’re going to make people buy into it or else…and we’re not going to even try to make them lower their durn prices?
Maybe we would be better off with the status quo! At least right now we’re not being forced to buy insurance from those financial vultures. Here’s a link where this guy mentions how he’s had a heart attack…and now, in addition to being buried in medical bills, we’re going to force him and countless others like him to buy insurance? Good luck with that!
If this health care plan goes through like this, what will probably happen, I’ve read, is that people will be fined, perhaps having some of their money taken out in taxes. Right now a lot of working poor people get a few thousand bucks from their tax return every year, and it really helps out. They’ll probably lose that as punishment for not buying into the system. Great way to help the economy and the poor.
Right now it seems like if you get sick in America, you have three options. If you’re rich, you can get treated. If you’re not rich, but you have some kind of insurance, you can get treated (maybe), and you might face bankruptcy because of it. It’s amazing to me how unconcerned politicians are about this one. It’s almost as if they think it’s perfectly fine to take everything a family has ever worked for just to pay some inflated medical bills. (Too bad you’re not a bank, huh!)
If you’re poor, you can get the insurance that’s given to the very poor, but it’s the worst level of care available.
The problem in poor communities is compounded by the fact that doctors and hospitals aren’t motivated to stay there and treat people. High malpractice insurance costs and low reimbursement from the insurers are driving them away. The money is in wealthier places. Here on the Big Island of Hawaii, it’s very difficult to find any doctors taking new patients, regardless of how good their insurance is.
There’s clinics, and it’s a good thing they’re there, but they’re so overworked that you could get there at 7 in the morning and wait around for hours just to find out if they’ll see you that day or not.
I read somewhere (sorry, don’t remember where) that doctors were also leaving Pennsylvania…at least on the mainland you can drive to another state nearby or something. We’re on an island. For us, it’s take what’s available or scrape together enough money for a plane ticket.
A lot of people have just given up going to doctors all together. A lot of people have decided to just ignore their health, at least as far as seeing doctors goes.
If we die, we die. What’s the point in trying to argue with insurance companies or doctors if they’re just going to torture you trying to cure something they might not be able (or willing) to cure? Why stand in line for hours and get stuck with needles? Why not just keep going till you drop?
Who needs a “death panel” when you have capitalism?