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I'm perfectly fine with getting consumers more information as an incremental step.  Of course.  But -- and the Dems deserve the most criticism here (since the Reps are at least doing what they say they'll do) -- the model using insurance is simply an inherently inefficient model.  We can talk about technology and new medicines and all that other stuff, but at the end of the day, insurance companies' missions are to get all they can in premiums and not pay out.  That's just stupid, because it places the incentive on insurance companies to hire armies of lawyers and bean counters to find loopholes, which obviously costs a shitload of money.

A "Medicare-for-All" kind of program would be the best first step, in my opinion.  Just raise the taxes and repeal the "over 65/67" bit in the bill.  It'd cost an amazingly small sum -- so small that it'd be a steal at twice the price.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Aug 30th, 2008 at 05:59:11 PM EST
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